The business end of the table. Three medals and three European spots up for grabs.
Runaway leaders? Perhaps – no side has held an advantage this big since Wisła Kraków stormed the league in 2010/11. The current leaders have also not led the way at this stage since 2016, despite lifting three of the four titles since then. There are still eleven games to go, but it is Legia’s title to lose.
The interesting battle in the top half is that for the two (or maybe three, depending on the Cup Winners) Europa league spots. Just two points separate five teams; a good run of victories giving a chance of putting pressure on the leaders, should they stumble, while a bad run could potentially mean missing out on the top eight altogether.
Continue reading Where Things Stand – Part Three: Chasing Europe
League titles, European places and relegation spots will not be decided at the end of the 30-game regular season; however, the mid-table battle can have a huge bearing on where those plaudits and commiserations end up afer matchday 37 is completed. After 26 games last season, both Jagiellonia Białystok and Zagłębie Lubin found themselves at risk of missing out on a place in the top-eight; yet in the final two games of the season, they each picked up points against Legia Warsaw, which ultimately cost them the Polish championship.
With four rounds remaining before the league is split into two, six sides, theoretically, find themselves battling to creep into at least eighth position. The second of Piłka.uk’s three previews focuses on what could be the difference between sneaking into Europe, or falling into a relegation dogfight.
Continue reading Where Things Stand – Part Two: The Mid-Ground Battle
It seems almost a lifetime ago that, with cases of the novel Coronavirus beginning to spread across Poland, Górnik Zabrze refused to make their journey to face ŁKS Łódź, kickstarting the postponement of the Ekstraklasa. Now, with ten weeks having passed, Polish clubs are finally preparing to once again kick a ball in anger.
Just four rounds of the regular season remain in Poland, before the league splits into two, and a further seven matchdays take place to decide the final standings. Now planned to begin in late June, eight teams will commence battle for the title and three European spots, while the remaining eight will fight to avoid the drop to the second tier – this year seeing three sides fall, as opposed to the two seen in previous seasons.
As a look ahead to the big return on 29th March, the first of Piłka.uk’s three previews focuses on the battle at the bottom of the table.
Continue reading Where Things Stand – Part One: Avoiding the Drop