Cracovia take on visitors Piast Gliwice in the first round of Polish Ekstraklasa. The match will be played in Krakow on Sunday, July 17th.
Cracovia finished fourth in the elite Polish division last season and gained the right to represent their country in Europa League. Today’s hosts had 16 wins, 10 draws and 11 defeats in 37 matches last season with 66-50 aggregate goal difference. The team played only two sparring matches this pre-season, losing to Zilina, 1-2, and beating Ruch with the same score, 2-1. The team from Krakow have already got knocked out of the Europa League though, making wat to Albanian side Shkendija, 0-2, 1-2. As to the home record of the team, they played eight matches at own stadium in 2016, taking four wins, one draw and suffering three home defeats.
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Piast won silver medals of Ekstraklasa last season with 20 wins, nine draws and eight defeats in 37 matches with 60-45 overall goal difference. The team had intensive pre-season, taking five wins in six sparrings and drawing another one. However, it didn’t help the team in their first official match of the season as Piast lost to Goteborg, 0-3, in the first leg of Europa League qualifying matchup and have small chances to advance for the next round.
The opponents are of about the same level and both previous head-to-heads ended with draws. The season just started but the teams faced serious problems in eurocups, failing to advance for late qualifying stages. Those matches showed that the teams struggle to find the back of the net and upcoming match shouldn’t feature numerous goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.