Pogon Szczecin vs Wisla Plock
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 24 February 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
A defeat is a defeat no matter what, but there are positives Pogon Szczecin can take from their 2-0 loss last weekend at Lech Poznan. Pogon have been on the rise even before the winter break, winning three games in a row. They visited a main championship title contender, Lech, and after looking somewhat… hesitant in the first half, they gave their best in the second one, and in the 69th minute they missed an… “incredibler” than incredible (excuse the term) chance to level the score. They ended up losing 2-0, but my point is that the way they played, especially in the second half, sort of proved once again that they are nothing like the… doormat they were during most of the first half of the season. They are back to the bottom of the table, after spending one week a spot higher than that, but I’m confident that they will leave that spot soon, and won’t be relegated at the end of the “relegation round” (the seven extra matches teams in the Ekstraklasa play after the end of regular season, those place 9th and below). Jarosław Fojut is unavailable due to cards. The 30-year-old has played in 13 Ekstraklasa matches this season.
José Kanté must be one of the happiest people in Poland these days. The 27-year-old striker finished the first half of the season having scored just two goals, having disappointed in several games. Two weeks ago, in the restart of the season in Poland, he scored twice(!) against Gornik Zabrze in Wisla Plock’s 4-2 win. Last weekend, he did it again(!). Two goals past Zaglebie Lubin, two strikes that made Wisla’s fans… overlook his incredible missed chance in the first half. He’s the same player, with the same pros and cons he had… two months ago, but one obvious difference these days is that he is playing with much more self-confidence. You can tell by his body language; even after his missed chance in the first half, instead of looking “down”, he was actually smiling(!), as if he knew he would be given more chances later. All in all, Wisla were fun to watch, they should have scored more, they had the chances, they kept a clean sheet (Zaglebie had two chances in the whole game), and climbed up 5th in the table, taking advantage of Korona Kielce’s draw.
Previous five matches:
Lech Poznan vs Pogon Szczecin 2-0
Pogon Szczecin vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz 4-1
Pogon Szczecin vs Arka Gdynia 1-0
Lechia Gdansk vs Pogon Szczecin 1-3
Pogon Szczecin vs Zaglebie Lubin 3-3
Wisla Plock vs Zaglebie Lubin 2-0
Wisla Plock vs Gornik Zabrze 4-2
Legia Warsaw vs Wisla Plock 0-2
Wisla Plock vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz 2-2
Wisla Krakow vs Wisla Plock 0-1
Pogon’s next game is at Gornik Zabrze on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Wisla Plock will be hosting Cracovia Krakow (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches).
Pogon Szczecin vs Wisla Plock: Head to head Stats
A year ago, the game between these two in Szczecin ended in a1-1 draw. Before that, Pogon hadn’t hosted Wisla Plock since 2012 (a 3-0 Pogon win).
Pogon Szczecin vs Wisla Plock: Prediction
Super interesting game, between a team that have been doing very well since early December (despite their defeat last week at Lech), and a team that seem to have found an awesome rhythm. All things considered, I’m backing the visitors to earn at least a draw.
Pogon Szczecin vs Wisla Plock: Betting Tips
I do respect Pogon for what they’ve done since early December, but seeing their win pay as much as Wisla Plock’s double chance feels… too much. “Draw or Wisla” is at 1.85 betting odds, good enough to avoid risking with number of goals.