For punters looking to extend their betting scope beyond the major leagues in Europe, the Polish Ekstraklasa is one of the more profitable leagues.
Of course, these days, Poland is almost synonymous to Robert Lewandowski, FIFA’s best player of the year. And rightly so, the Bayern Munich forward has continued to lead the scoring charts in the past three seasons, scoring a minimum of 40 goals in each of them.
Before moving to the German Bundesliga, he spent years developing in Poland with Legia Warsaw, Znicz Pruszkow and finally Lech Poznan. The 33 year-old remains arguably their biggest export.
So far this season, the competition for the league title is intense, with only one point separating Pogon Szczecin in first position and Lech Poznan in the third place.
The defending champions and most successful Polish club is languishing in 11th place this season.
With 26 gameweeks done already, some fascinating patterns have begun to play out. Smart punters with eyes in the Ekstraklasa could take advantage of these options to win big.
Here are four of them:
Lech Poznan To Win At Home
Lech has managed to steady its once drowning ship in the past few years. Since the Golden era where they won back-to-back titles in the early 80s, they have experienced their fair share of financial crisis.
The Kolejor’s return to the reckoning came with the signing of Lewandowski who spearheaded their league win in the 2009/10 season. In fact, they went as far as the round of 32 in the Europa League the season after.
This term, they are fighting keenly for the Ekstraklasa title, just one point behind the team in first place.
The Poznan team has the best attack and the best defence in terms of goals scored and conceded in the division.
Mikael Ishak remains reliable with scoring for Maciej Skorza’s team. The Swedish forward has scored 14 of their 52 goals.
In the same vein, Bartosz Salamon and Antonio Milic have kept things tight at the back, allowing in just 19 goals.
In four losses this campaign, only one has come at the Stadion Poznan. Hence, this is a safe option for punters interested in the Polish top-tier this season.
Over 2.5 Goals In Matches Involving Wisla Plock
Wisla Plock sit comfortably in eighth place this season, a marked improvement from their 12th place finish last time out.
Pavol Stano has managed to get them competing again since his appointment at the start of the year. Indeed, they have lost just four matches since January.
The Nafciarze have a defensive problem- a reason Jakub Rzezniczak and Damian Michalski have conceded between them the most goals (37) in the top 10.
Worse still, they seem to drop points from winning positions. Two out of their last three losses have come in matches where they opened the scoring.
Half of the matches played this season have witnessed over 2.5 goal margins. This is one of the must-haves for any punter in the Ekstraklasa.
Goal/Goal In Matches Involving Stal
Stal has shown great improvement since they nearly went back down to the second-tier last season.
The finished in 15th place from 16 teams having only secured promotion in the same season. However, this term, they are sitting rather comfortably in 9th position.
It will be fair to attribute this season’s success to the appointment of Adam Majewski. The former Polish player was appointed last summer.
Majewski’s men have won just eight matches this season. However, they do not lose as often. If anything, they have mastered the art of salvaging draws from the hands of defeat. No team has drawn more matches than the white-Blues.
Stal has recorded 15 goal-goal results, including their last three matches in this campaign.
Over 1.5 Goals In Matches Involving Legia Warsaw
The Wojskowi have been horrible this season. And to be fair, they had begun on the right foot.
The 15-time Ekstraklasa champions were eliminated in the third qualifying round of the Champions League by Dinamo Zagreb. They failed to progress to the knockout round of the Europa League in a group that had Napoli, Leicester City and Spartak Moscow.
11th on the log so far makes it their worst campaign in the last decade. Indeed no team has lost more matches than Aleksandar Vukovic’s men this season.
While it is worth mentioning that they have been in decent form since the beginning of the month, a title defence is simply beyond them.
With 15 over 1.5 results recorded, it is safe to expect this trend in subsequent matches involving Legia.