- Matches will be played in the Polish Ekstraklasa for the first time since the start of March this weekend
- Legia Warsaw hold a commanding lead at the top of the table, but the chasing pack are bunched up
- Odds and picks are available below
The coronavirus pandemic halted sport across the globe. With the Bundesliga underway and talks at an advanced stage for the NBA and NHL, sport is gradually returning, and that takes another step over the next week or two with several European leagues restarting their seasons.
The Polish Ekstraklasa is the focus of our attention for this piece, as we take a look at the best odds on the league’s return. Matches haven’t been played in Poland’s top flight since March 3rd, providing a challenge for bettors.
All matches will be played behind closed doors, a major factor to consider as we look through the odds. There have been only five homes wins in 27 Bundesliga matches since they restarted the season in empty stadia.
Poland Ekstraklasa Matchday 27 Odds
|Slask Wroclaw||pk, -0.5, (-110)||+115||O 2.5 (-102)|
|Czestochowa||pk, +0.5 (+110)||+202||U 2.5 (-118)|
|Pogon Szczecin||pk, -0.5 (-111)||+122||O 2.5 (-101)|
|Zaglebie Lubin||pk, +0.5 (-109)||+215||U 2.5 (-119)|
|LKS Lodz||pk (-113)||+153||O 2.5 (-103)|
|Gornik Zabrze||pk (-107)||+163||U 2.5 (-117)|
|Piast Gliwice||-0.5 (-109)||-109||O 2, 2.5 (-120)|
|Wisla Krakow||+0.5 (-111)||+274||U 2, 2.5 (+100)|
|Lech Poznan||pk (-101)||+172||O 2.5 (-102)|
|Legia Warsaw||pk (-119)||+149||U 2.5 (-118)|
|Cracovia Krakow||-0.5 (+101)||+101||O 2.5 (+104)|
|Jagiellonia Bialystok||+0.5 (-121)||+240||U 2.5 (-124)|
|Lechia Gdansk||+0.5 (-121)||-121||O 2.5 (+104)|
|Arka Gydnia||-0.5 (+101)||+317||U 2.5 (-124)|
|Wisla Plock||pk, -0.5 (-118)||+112||O 2, 2.5 (-105)|
|Korona Kielce||pk, +0.5 (-102)||+195||U 2, 2.5 (-115)|
Odds take May. 28
Piast Gliwice vs Wisla Krakow
Wisla Krakow’s season started in nightmare fashion. They won just three of their first 18 league matches, but a drastic turnaround – an eight-match unbeaten run, featuring six wins – has seen them pull up to 13th, just six points from the top half.
Wisla’s stark improvement has been powered by a managerial change in mid-November and an active winter transfer window. Will they continue their surge against Piast Gliwice on Saturday?
Getting ready for departure to the training camp before restarting the season! ?
? ➡️ Hotel Arłamów pic.twitter.com/Abcw3BdhOs
— Wisla Krakow EN (@WislaKrakowEN) May 18, 2020
Sitting eight points off the summit, Piast Gliwice faces an uphill battle to defend their title, and could yet slip out of European contention. They have been a stubborn defensive side all season, conceding just 25 goals in their 26 matches. This could be a cagey affair and might be a good one to sit on the fence with.
Pick: Draw (+211)
Lech Poznan vs Legia Warsaw
Lech Poznan have lost six times this season, one fewer than Legia Warsaw, but it’s the latter who are clear at the top of the table with Lech languishing in fifth. Draws have held Lech back this season, while Legia has won 16 of their 26 in the league.
— Lech Poznań (@LechPoznan) May 27, 2020
It’s only been three wins in their last eight for Lech, and while Legia slipped up with Piast Gliwice before the break, their form was stronger. Legia have been far and away the best team in the league so far with their attack proving too much for the majority of opponents. Lech are the second-highest scorers in the division, however.
The ‘Over’ looks a really good bet here. With fatigue possibly an issue after a long break, there should be space to play, and these sides have the attacking players to take advantage.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals (-102)
Cracovia Krakow vs Jagiellonia Bialystok
This match, perhaps more than any other in Poland this weekend, is a test of how much faith we can put in form. Form before the season’s forced break is only worth so much considering the time the players have been out of competitive action for, but the confidence, the on-pitch issues, might just carry over if they have not been addressed.
It is a challenging issue and one that has surfaced since the Bundesliga’s resumption. Form before the break has carried over for some, but not for all.
In this instance, it’s Cracovia who comes in on a poor run, having lost their last four, though they have held onto third place. Jagiellonia Bialystok, in contrast, have only lost once in their last five and won their previous two matches.
Home advantage becomes almost irrelevant without fans. Cracovia’s strong season has been powered by exceptional home form – their form is enough to make Jagiellona Bialystok look a good bet.
Pick: Jagiellona Bialystok +0.5 (-121)
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