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Wisla to end GKS's run; FOOTBALL.

WISLA v BELCHATOW 7.30pm POLISH second division champions GKS Belchatow have been riding the crest of a wave since winning promotion to the top flight and they are bidding to extend an six-match unbeaten start to their season by getting a positive result away to Wisla Krakow tonight, writes Dan Childs.

GKS got off to a flying start as they won 1-0 away to champions Legia Warsaw, and they head to Stadion Miejski on 12 points - the same as their hosts - who have an identical record of three wins, three draws and no defeats.

The win over Legia stands out as Belchatow's most eye-catching result although its significance is debatable, given that the home side were almost certainly distracted by their Champions League qualifying commitments.

Their performances have tailed off in recent weeks with Kamil Kieres's side drawing 1-1 at Podbeskidzie and 0-0 at home to Piast Gliwice.

And they may struggle to avoid a first defeat against Wisla, who appear determined to improve on last season's disappointing sixth place.

Head coach Frantiszek Smuda - formerly the Polish national team coach - has bolstered his squad with a trio of signings from Ruch Chorzow (goalkeeper Michal Buchalik, defender Maciej Sadlok and striker Maciej Jankowski) and, after a slow start to the season, results have taken a distinct upturn.

Wisla have taken ten points from their last four games, scoring 11 goals in the process, and their varied attack could be too hot for GKS to handle.

Their forward line features talented Bosnian international attacking midfielder Semir Stilic and in-form Polish international striker Pawel Brozek.

Wisla are likely to put plenty of distance between themselves and GKS by the end of the season and they look value 10-11 shots to bank the points this evening.

Recommendation Wisla Krakow 1pt 10-11 Hills

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 29, 2014
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