Oct 22 2011

Corgon Liga Preview

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We have reached Round 13 of the current Corgoň Liga season. Whether the league has really taken shape yet is not certain, though I would say that the top four teams are those you would have expected before the campaign began. The same probably goes for the bottom three sides, all of whom struggled for much of last season too. The teams in mid-table tend to be wildly inconsistent, strong at home but hopeless away, or generally solid but uninspiring. The coming weekend may see one or two interesting developments so let’s take a look at the fixtures.

Ružomberok v Trenčín is one of two early kick-offs on Saturday. ‘Ruža’ have been very much on the up since appointing Czech coach Aleš Křeček, winning three successive games with an 8-0 goal difference. Trenčín have had a decent start to the season and, in the words of Slovan trainer Vladimír Weiss, were ‘fantastic’ in the first half of last week’s 2-2 draw with the visiting Bratislava side. However, their results away from their Na Sihoti home, with its plastic pitch, have been poor so far and I cannot see them taking any points here.

The second pair of 1430 starters are Banská Bystrica and DAC Dunajská Streda. As they did for much of last season, Bystrica have disappointed over the first three months of this campaign. They earned a surprise win in the first leg of their cup quarter-final with Trnava this week, however, and should be keen to follow up with a good home performance against one of the league’s stragglers. But the fact that two of DAC’s three victories have come against Slovan and Žilina suggest that, on those occasions when they do get it right, they are dangerous opponents. They haven’t drawn a game yet this season so, purely on the basis that there’s a first time for everything, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a share of the points on Saturday.

Vion Zlaté Moravce and Nitra, whose game starts at 1730 on Saturday, are both sides I would put in the ‘solid but uninspiring’ category. Vion did suffer a 4-0 hammering at Ružomberok in their last outing but Juraj Jarábek, their level-headed coach, didn’t appear unduly concerned afterwards and I would expect his players to quickly put the result behind them. Nitra are currently finding it difficult to win games, though their away record remains quite sound. I would expect this to be a close contest, with Vion prevailing by a single goal.

The final three games involve the top four and two of the bottom three. Leaders Trnava are at home to third-from-bottom Košice and should be confident of a comfortable win, though they may be mindful of two surprising home losses – to Bystrica in the cup in midweek and to Ružomberok, in Křeček’s first match in charge of the latter, four weeks ago. They might need to be patient on Saturday, in which case the experience of the likes of Miroslav Karhan could come in handy, but I don’t see Trnava slipping up in this game.

Žilina and Prešov meet again on Saturday, just four days after contesting the first leg of their cup quarter-final. Žilina won 2-1 on Tuesday but the visitors, as on their league visits to this venue last season, gave a performance which suggested they should not be at the bottom of the league. After going ahead with a brilliant early goal from Viliam Macko, they looked assured until conceding an equaliser from a needlessly conceded penalty on the hour. Jean Deza, Žilina’s young Peruvian winger, then scored a cracker of his own to ensure Žilina go into the second leg with a lead. It wasn’t the first time since his arrival that Deza has made a match-winning contribution and if he plays any part in Saturday’s game, Prešov will certainly be on the look out for him. It’s now time for a more experienced home player to step up and justify Žilina’s ‘clear favourites’ billing.

The game of the round is certainly Sunday’s Senica v Slovan fixture. Second-placed Senica have put an indifferent start to the season firmly behind them and are on an excellent run. They have the best defence in the league and the skillful Juraj Piroška seems to be in good form ; he scored his first international goal for Slovakia in Macedonia before following up with the winner for his club at Prešov last week. Slovan have found balancing domestic and European demands more difficult than most observers expected and can actually count themselves rather lucky that they are still as high as fourth in the league. Still, I sense both that they are emerging from their poor run of league form and that they may rise to Senica’s challenge. I’m going for a draw in this game ; unlike in the case of Bystrica-DAC, that’s a prediction based on some semblance of rationality rather than on pure feeling.


Ružomberok 2 Trenčín 0
Banská Bystrica 2 Dunajská Streda 2
Zlaté Moravce 1 Nitra 0
Trnava 2 Košice 0
Žilina 2 Prešov 1 (again)
Senica 1 Slovan 1

James Baxter

10 responses so far

10 Responses to “Corgon Liga Preview”

  1.   Carp boyon 23 Oct 2011 at 12:06 am

    Arent previews supposed to be before the game has been played tho?

  2.   Carp boyon 23 Oct 2011 at 12:07 am

    A propos of nothing, Ive just had a superb weekend with the EFW crew in Prague spoiled only by that lad Dan droneing on about all his conquests while drinking fizzy water.

  3.   The Real George Mon 23 Oct 2011 at 12:08 am


  4.   britskibelasion 23 Oct 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Get a bit carried away when you got home last night, carp boy??!
    I went straight to the only sensible place all weekend – bed!

    Apologies for the late posting of this preview, got held up inbetween all the riot police at Sparta B ..

  5.   George Mon 24 Oct 2011 at 11:41 am

    BTW , I saw you got a few wins correct , but did you actually get a right score result ?

  6.   James Baxteron 24 Oct 2011 at 11:45 am

    In short, no. 3 correct results out of 6 – hardly an earth-shattering performance all round!

  7.   britskibelasion 24 Oct 2011 at 2:58 pm

    a good 2nd half at Senica v Slovan .. first, Sebo scored from outside the box and then was thoroughly outdone by a great goal from Juraj Piroska .. Slovan are 5 points behind Trnava now .. and a big match against Zilina next weekend then.

  8.   StaryJazvecon 24 Oct 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Stuck my house on France. Potless.

  9.   George Mon 24 Oct 2011 at 5:00 pm

    ” first, Sebo scored from outside the box and then..”

    Dont tell me , a wackin clearance from a clodhopping defender, hit Sebo full in the face, as he chased and huffed towards him and the ball then lobbed over the Goal Keeper to cross the line, as the keeper tripped over his untied bootlace, trying to make a save?

  10.   George Mon 24 Oct 2011 at 5:02 pm

    # StaryJazvecon 24 Oct 2011 at 4:03 pm

    ”Stuck my house on France. Potless. ”

    Fcukwit …every frog has to croak !

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