Round 6 is coming up, with two games live on TV, including this season’s first broadcast from Elbląg and the hit game between the undefeated NMC Górnik Zabrze and the Polish Championship bronze medalist, Azoty Puławy.
First broadcast from Elbląg
The ambitious Elbląg team will try to put up a fight against the Polish Champions, and you can watch the game on Canal+ Sport. This season, Elbląg have won seven points in two matches. Last round, they could not have been happy with their performance, as they lost to the newly promoted MKS Kalisz. To make matters worse, one of the team’s star players, the goalie Paweł Kiepulski, is out due to a sprained ankle.
As to PGE VIVE Kielce, they show no mercy to anyone, comfortably winning game after game, with an average 36.6 goals per match. Last week, they crushed Piotrkowianin 40-24 in a match featuring the youngest player to ever appear in PGNiG Superleague, Miłosz Wałach.
Meble Wójcik Elbląg – PGE VIVE Kielce, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 8:15 PM on Canal + Sport.
Round 6 hit game: NMC Górnik Zabrze – Azoty Puławy
The hit game of round 6 is sure to be a thrilling one, with NMC Górnik Zabrze, undefeated this season, taking on last season’s bronze medalists, Azoty Puławy.
Górnik steamrolled Gwardia Opole last round, winning by 13 goals — a very unexpected outcome, as both teams played on equal terms last season. However, the new Zabrze coach completely transformed the team. Their advanced defence formation is very problematic to their opponents, and has proved successful so far.
In round 5, Azoty played a spectacular game against Orlen Wisła Płock, though they ultimately gave in to their rivals in the penalty shootout. Nonetheless, they earned their place among the top Superleague teams, and their lineup works better each game after the major overhaul. Sadly, last round’s hero, the goalie Vadim Bogdanov, is injured and will sit this one out.
The clash of two great pivots is going to be very interesting. In his best years, Bartosz Jurecki was part of the European elite, and still poses a serious threat at the 6 meter line. His counterpart, Marek Daćko, was named last season’s best player, and he lives up to this title every time he goes on court.
NMC Górnik Zabrze – Azoty-Puławy, Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 8:00 PM on Canal + Sport
The Masovian Derby
After a hard contest against Azoty Puławy and the lost Champions’ League match against Barcelona, Orlen seem to be out of breath — and they do not have much time to recuperate. This Wednesday, they take on KPR Legionowo at home. Are KPR going to take advantage of their opponents’ weariness? Let’s see on Wednesday.
Orlen Wisła Płock – KPR Legionowo, Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:00 PM
Four points at stake
The Gdańsk and Kalisz teams can both be happy with their performance last round. Both executed their game plan perfectly and took the whole pot: Kalisz defeated Meble Wójcik Elbląg at home, and Wybrzeże won an away game against KPR Legionowo. Now, this week’s contenders stand just one point apart in the Orange group, so neither will give up the four points easily.
Wybrzeże Gdańsk – MKS Kalisz, Saturday, October 7, 2017, 5:00 PM
Picking themselves up
Round 5 left both teams unsatisfied. Sandra Spa Pogoń Szczecin are still at zero points, as they wasted their chance last week, giving in to Spójnia Gdynia 18-24. Chrobry, even though they want to be part of the elite, could not beat MMTS Kwidzyn. The Głogów coach, Jarosław Cieślikowski, failed to hide his disappointment, saying his players lacked focus and determination in the decisive moments of the game, and the two best shooters, Tomasz Klingier and Kamil Sadowski, did not use their full potential. This Saturday, both teams have an opportunity to pick themselves up.
Sandra Spa Pogoń Szczecin – Chrobry Głogów, Saturday, October 7, 2017, 5:00 PM
Are they going to surprise us again?
MMTS Kwidzyn started the season off on the wrong foot, but they seem to have moved on. Their victory against Chrobry surely gave them a morale boost, and they are bound to get better with every game. Their rival, Stal Mielec, suffered an unexpected heavy defeat against Zagłębie Lubin, so considering the two teams’ current shape, MMTS are a strong favorite. However, in a very similar match, in round 14 last season, MMTS were confident when Stal came to Kwidzyn, and they played a great game – but ultimately lost. Find out this Saturday if Krzysztof Lipka and Tomasz Sondej’s team have another surprise up their sleeve.
Stal Mielec – MMTS Kwidzyn Saturday, October 7, 2017, 6:00 PM.
Piotrkowianin are looking much better now than last season. They seem more comfortable and have learned valuable lessons in the Superleague. Their backcourt, Stanisław Makowiejew, was voted round 4’s best player. Last round, Piotrkowianin lost heavily to PGE Vive Kielce, but in previous games, they stood up to teams such as Azoty Puławy.
Zagłębie have also upped their game, beating Stal Mielec 40-28 last week. Their two wingers, Arkadiusz Moryto and Jan Czuwara, scored 18 goals between them, and their accuracy was well above 70%. The two teams played three face-to-face games recently, and Lubin won two of those.
Piotrkowianin Piotrków Trybunalski – Zagłębie Lubin, Sunday, October 8, 2017, 4:00 PM