Polish cup semi-finals first legs preview


Lech Poznań fans at last year’s Polish cup final vs Legia Warsaw

Tomorrow is the start of the Polish cup semi-finals.  Rightbankwarsaw has a quick look at what we can expect in the games between first Wigry Suwałki and Arka Gdynia and Lech Poznań and Pogoń Szczecin.

If you live in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Argentina or Brazil, you can watch the games for free in Full HD at this address https://www.oz.com.  All you have to do is go through a quick online registration process.

The semi-finals should provide a good dose of emotion.  The first match on Tuesday is between the outsiders second tier side Wigry Suwałki and Ekstraklasa mid-table side Arka Gdynia.  Wigry have never been this far in the competition before and currently sit in 6th place in I liga, just six points off the promotion places.  The potential for a shock is certainly possible as Wigry have already knocked out an Ekstraklasa side Bruk-Bet Termalica and Legia Warsaw’s conquerors Górnik Zabrze on their way to the semis.

Their opponents Arka Gdynia however, have been playing relatively well recently in the Ekstraklasa and they have to think the cup presents an excellent chance to make their second European appearance after lifting the Polish cup in the 1978-9 season.  As a result, and because of this being Wigry’s first competitive match in three months after the winter break, it’s hard to see past an Arka victory over the two legs.

In the second semi-final on Wednesday evening we see an all-Ekstraklasa tie between Lech Poznań and Pogoń Szczecin.  Lech have been in excellent form recently, winning their last three games 3-0 to sit in third place in the Ekstraklasa table, only five points behind leaders Lechia Gdańsk.  Their 19 year old striker Dawid Kownacki has been red hot as well, hitting 4 goals in his last 3 matches and he’s finally showing the form that has been expected of him since he broke through to the first team as a 16 year old.

Pogoń are a decent side themselves playing good, attractive football with exciting wingers in Spas Delev and Ádám Gyurcsó and driven forward by their midfield dynamo Rafał Murawski.  The match should be an enjoyable one as both sides play some of the best football in the Ekstraklasa, as Lech’s win at Pogoń in the league on the weekend illustrated.  In fact it’s a shame that Lech and Pogoń are not facing each other in the final as it would have been a game to grace the Polish National Stadium.

Despite Pogoń’s skills it’s clear that Lech are the favourites, not just to beat Pogoń but to lift the cup itself.  Who knows maybe a cup win in May in Warsaw might be the start of a league and cup double for the club from Poznań?  Hopefully this week’s first legs will be enjoyable but tight affairs so the second legs in a month’s time are not foregone conclusions.

Again, if you’d like to watch the match outside of Poland for free in Full HD you can do so by clicking on this link https://www.oz.com.  Enjoy!

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