Zaglebie Lubin vs Legia Warsaw
Competition: Poland Ekstraklasa
Date: 9 February 2017
Kick-off: 20:30 CET
Zaglebie Lubin triumphed at Wisla Krakow in their last December game, moving up three whole spots in the table thanks to just that one win. They are 5th in the table, six points behind leaders Legia Warsaw. During the January transfer window they signed 32-year-old goalkeeper Piotr Leciejewski, who will compete with Martin Polacek for the regular’s spot between the sticks. Most of all though, they tried to strengthen their offense, signing no less than four players. Łukasz Moneta arrived from Legia Warsaw on loan, until the end of 2018. Jakub Mares, a 31-year-old secondary striker signed from Slovan Bratislava. Also, Martin Nespor and Eryk Sobkow are now members of Zaglebie’s roster. Will any of them prove as influential as Jakub Swierczok, one of the Ekstraklasa’s best strikers in the first half of the season, who was sold to Ludogorets for 850,000 euros? I seriously doubt that. Zaglebie sold defender Jaroslaw Jach as well, to Crystal Palace, for 2.75 million euros. In other words, the club made good money in January, but without these two players, I don’t see them in the top-4.
Legia Warsaw lost 2-0 at home to Wisla Plock(!) in their last 2017 Ekstraklasa match, but they remained first in the table, as both Gornik Zabrze and Jagiellonia Bialystok lost their games as well. They signed William Rémy, a 26-year-old centre-back, on a free transfer from Montpellier. Montenegrin right-back Marko Vesovic cost them 400,000 euros (coming from HNK Rijeka). Defensive midfielder Chris Philipps came from Metz, another midfielder, Domagoj Antolic, arrived from Dinamo Zagreb, they signed two more midfielders (less known), but most of all they managed to make Eduardo theirs. It’s the same guy who became famous playing for Dinamo Zagreb, being given Croatian citizenship and passport, even playing against his homeland, Brazil, in 2014’s World Cup finals. Same Eduardo who has also played for Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk, Flamengo, and, more recently, Atletico Paranaense. What an addition to Legia’s roster, an extra reason to follow the Warsaw side and the Ekstraklasa in general. On the other hand, Albanian striker Armando Sadiku was sold to Levante for 1.5 million euros, midfielder Thibault Moulin moved to Greece for PAOK (for 1.3m), Dominik Nagy was loaned out to Ferencvaros, centre-back Jakub Czerwiński moved to Piast Gliwice on loan, and last, but most-most definitely not least, Brazilian Guilherme left for Serie A side Benevento. The 26-year-old was… half the team in many games, and from all the players who left in January, he should be the one to be missed the most.
Previous five matches:
Wisla Krakow vs Zaglebie Lubin 1-2
Zaglebie Lubin vs Lech Poznan 0-0
Pogon Szczecin vs Zaglebie Lubin 3-3
Zaglebie Lubin vs Nieciecza 4-2
Korona Kielce vs Zaglebie Lubin 2-0
Legia Warsaw vs Wisla Plock 0-2
Piast Gliwice vs Legia Warsaw 0-1
Legia Warsaw vs Nieciecza 3-0
Sandecja Nowy Sacz vs Legia Warsaw 2-2
Legia Warsaw vs Bytovia Bytów 4-2
Zaglebie Lubin’s next game is at Wisla Plock, next weekend. Legia will be hosting Slask Wroclaw (both Poland Ekstraklasa matches).
Zaglebie Lubin vs Legia Warsaw: Head to head Stats
One win for Zaglebie, three for Legia, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Lubin. Four of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Zaglebie Lubin vs Legia Warsaw: Prediction
Both teams have been subjected to… big changes since their last Ekstraklasa game in December. Legia are given as favourites to win, but I’m not that convinced. I’m going for goals instead.
Zaglebie Lubin vs Legia Warsaw: Betting Tips
Both teams created several chances in most of their games in the first 21 game weeks of this season’s Ekstraklasa. This is a… special match, the first official after almost two months, but I still expect goals, at least three. “Over 2.5” pays a good 2.05, and I’m staying with that.
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