Betfair Live Video: Three points in Prague, or it's Czech-mate for Hradec Kralove

25May 2013

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With the end of the season drawing to a close, pressure is on the teams on the brink of relegation in Poland and Czech Republic. Betfair Live Video has all the drama on an action packed weekend.

 

Lechia Gdansk vs GKS Belchatow

Saturday 12:30

 

With three fixtures remaining, all eyes are on the top and the bottom of the Ekstraklasa standings. With the visitors travelling to Gdansk on the brink of relegation, coach Kamil Kieres knows it's now or never if his Belchatow boys are going to be playing top flight football in Poland next year.

 

This year's Polish Ekstraklasa has been dominated by off-the-field drama more than the football itself. With the Polish FA deeming certain sides ineligible for European places next season due to financial reasons, the hosts Lechia Gdansk currently find themselves in a Europa League spot sitting in eighth place.

 

With pressure coming from the challenge of Korona Kielce and Zaglebie Lubin just a point behind, a win on Saturday could prove invaluable in this race between the three for that all important European spot.

 

Managing one win in nine outings, the white and green hosts have had a torrid time in recent weeks. Scoring goals hasn't been the problem; however conceding freely at the wrong end has seen them concede 40 goals throughout the campaign, the fourth highest in the entire league.

 

Belchatow are in trouble at the foot of the table. Sitting in the second relegation spot on 26 points, a loss this weekend could see their fate sealed and relegation assured - however once again the Polish FA could come to the rescue.

 

With the announcement being made that Polonia Warsaw won't be receiving an Ekstralasa licence next season, one of the dreaded relegation spots will be made up by them if their appeal isn't accepted come May 28th... giving the side finishing in 15th spot that all important 'get out of jail' card at no cost.

 

With the decision coming next week, the visitors won't want to rely on this outcome going in their favour, so expect a determined side to fly out of the blocks heavily reliant on goals coming from midfield with a lacklustre strike force lacking goal-power.

 

Unbelievably with four wins on the spin, the 15th placed stragglers are the leagues form team, and will be looking to claim the scalp of Lechia at the intimidating PGE Arena Gdansk.

 

Recommended Bet:

Back the draw @ 3.3

Back 2-2 @ 15.5

 

 

Slavia Praha vs Hradec Kralove

Sunday 17:00

 

Two sides with two completely different agendas meet at the Eden Arena on Saturday evening, both looking for three points that can edge them closer to their target.

 

With the hosts sitting comfortably in seventh spot, all eyes are on the bottom of the table as the relegation race heats up. The visitors from Kralove are in the thick of the action, but at the wrong end. Three points off safety and with only two games remaining, Lubos Prokopec knows that three points must be taken away from Prague, or a spot in Czech's second football tier is almost assured for next year's campaign.

 

Sitting three points behind relegation rivals Pribram, both sides have identical records going into their fixtures. Four points taken from five games is hardly survival form, but with one of these teams destined for the drop, a win or even a draw could prove crucial for their hopes come June 1st.

 

Without a prolific goal scorer on their books, the visitors have relied heavily on the talents of young Slovak Dusan Uskovic to challenge defences this campaign. The six goals scored by the 21-year-old have earned his side thirteen points this season, which could prove invaluable to the strugglers.

 

Sitting in seventh spot, the hosts have little to play for as the season draws to a close. Already guaranteed of finishing higher than last season's twelfth spot, Michal Petrous's men will be playing for pride in the remaining two games. With a possible fourth spot up for grabs, the Eden Arena will be in fine voice as their team tries to cap a solid season with a flattering league position.

 

In a game that means so much at the bottom of the league, expect the visitors to try and control the game early and capitalise on the home sides lack of incentive.

 

Recommeded Bet:

Back a Hradec Kralove win @ 4.0

Back over 2.5 goals @ 1.84

 

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