Wisla Krakow vs Pogon Szczecin
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 17 November 2017
Kick-off: 20:30 CET
Wisla Krakow did… anything they wanted on the pitch, when they hosted Sandecja Nowy Sacz two weeks ago. Their early goal (by Jesús Imaz, in the 13th minute; half the credit goes to Carlitos López for his pass) helped a lot, obviously, but generally Wisla were very good. A striking difference between that game and other ones in which they had taken the lead, was that they didn’t sit back to protect that lead, they kept their eyes open for opportunities to score more, and they did score more. The final 3-0 came from two penalty kicks, but Wisla had two goals wrongly disallowed, and what’s impressive is that the VAR system WAS in use, and still, both goals were disallowed as offside. You can watch the highlights half a dozen times, but I doubt you’ll be able to say for sure that Wisla’s players were in irregular positions. Even so, the referee and his VAR assistants were confident enough to cancel both goals(!). Wisla are 6th, five points behind leaders Gornik Zabrze.
Two weeks ago I was writing how Pogon Szczecin “just can’t catch a break”, suggesting Legia Warsaw’s win (2.25) when they traveled northwest to face Pogon, and, once again, every single little detail went against the Szczecin side. First, they missed chances to take the lead. Then, Dvali acted super clumsily to give away a penalty in the first half’s added time. Instead of going to the dressing room with a good enough 0-0, they left the pitch losing. They did equalize, but again, everything went against them. Moulin scored a rather rare – for him – goal in the 77th minute to make it 1-2, and soon after that, Dvali sent the ball into his own net. Pogon have now conceded three goals in each of their last four matches(!), losing, obviously, all four. They are stuck at the bottom of the table, they picked up just nine points in the first round of the championship, and at this point, the only thing that can make them feel a bit better is that the Ekstraklasa is not over after the first 30 games, there is an extra round, where the regular season results do count, but teams still have the chance to turn things around.
Previous five matches:
Wisla Krakow vs Sandecja Nowy Sacz 3-0
Lech Poznan vs Wisla Krakow 1-1
Wisla Krakow vs Legia Warsaw 0-1
Slask Wroclaw vs Wisla Krakow 0-2
Wisla Krakow vs Jagiellonia Bialystok 0-0
Pogon Szczecin vs Legia Warsaw 1-3
Slask Wroclaw vs Pogon Szczecin 3-0
Pogon Szczecin vs Termalica BB Nieciecza 2-3
Cracovia Krakow vs Pogon Szczecin 3-0
Pogon Szczecin vs Korona Kielce 0-0
Wisla’s next game is on Monday, November 27, at Nieciecza. Two days earlier, Pogon will be hosting Piast Gliwice (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches).
Wisla Krakow vs Pogon Szczecin: Prediction
I’m honestly surprised to see Wisla’s win pay 2,10. I consider it too good to be true, and I’m eagerly taking it.
Wisla Krakow vs Pogon Szczecin: Betting Tips
At 2.10, I consider Wisla’s win a bargain, keeping in mind their awesome display in their last match, but also Pogon’s pitiful record this season, and four consecutive losses in games they conceded a total of 12 goals. For even more than 2.10, I would definitely risk with Wisla and over 2.5 combined goals, at 3.10.
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