The Ekstraklasa is the top level of football in the domestic Polish football hierarchy and if you think you know who will win the title this season then our live odds comparison is the quickest, easiest way to get the best betting odds on your selection. Maximum value, minimum fuss and the biggest profit possible on your winning Ekstraklasa bets. If, however, you fancy a bet on the outright winner market of the Ekstraklasa but aren’t so sure who to back, then read on because we have got analysis, betting tips and predictions for the season ahead.
The Ekstraklasa season traditionally runs from July to May and the current champions from the 2014-15 season are Lech Poznan, who claimed their seventh title last term. The Railwayman are coached by former Osasuna forward Jan Urban, who might sound like a Danish grime star but is actually an accomplished manager who will seek to carry on the good work of Maciej Skorża, whom he replaced. Lech are priced at odds of 10/1 with Bet365 after a slow start to the campaign sees them fifth after 20 games, some 14 points adrift of top spot.
Perhaps surprisingly it is Piast Gliwice who are currently leading the way in the Ekstraklasa, having won 13 of their 20 games thus far. Last season they finished 12th and this is just their fifth season in the top flight. Their lack of experience and their relatively weak squad depth mean they are priced at odds of 3/1 (with Unibet) in the outright winner betting and in truth we feel that price is a little short. They have performed admirably thus far but their almost entirely Polish squad just doesn’t have the class to last the duration.
The Gliwice-based side are currently second favourites though, and have to be respected, but the side that we predict will win the Ekstraklasa in 2016 are the giants from the capital, Legia Warsaw. The bookies clearly agree with our assessment as the Legioniści are clear favourites in the outright market, priced at best odds of just 3/4 with BetVictor. Disappointingly they finished second last season and despite a solid start to the campaign they recently sacked boss Henning Berg.
The former Man United and Blackburn defender appeared to be doing a decent enough job and had Legia in second in the table but expectations are high in the capital and he got the boot at the start of October. He was immediately replaced by Russian Stanislav Cherchesov and, after a sluggish start that saw Legia drop a few points, they have started to string some decent results together and are back to second in the Ekstraklasa standings, just five points behind Gliwice.
Cracovia are a further two points back, with Pogoń Szczecin two points behind them and if you’ve seen something that we haven’t then those two can be backed in the outright market at big odds of 8/1 and 20/1 respectively but in truth this looks a two-horse race.
Overall, despite the very short odds on Legia Warsaw, we have to side with the thoroughbred in this race. They have the experience, class and know-how to overhaul the minnows and we predict it will be title number 11 for Legia, so get on now before their Ekstraklasa odds drop even further.Google+