Panetolikos vs AEK Athens
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 6 January 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Panetolikos hosted AEK in their last 2017 match, a Cup one, round of 16, first leg, a painful 4-0 defeat at home. The return leg is held in Athens in a few days, but it’s obvious that both teams already know who will be in the quarterfinals. The fact that the hosts will be – most probably – without winger Jorge Díaz, scorer of four goals in the Super League thus far this season, is not making their mission any easier. Defensive midfielder Federico Bravo is also unavailable. Panetolikos finished the first half of the season sitting 13th in the table, four points above the relegation line. They have won just one of their last five home games, over AEL Larissa, a 3-1 back in November.
AEK signed Erik Morán a few days ago, a 26-year-old Spanish defensive midfielder, whom they expect to further boost their defensive structure, one of the most efficient in the Super League. AEK have conceded just eight goals in 15 matches thus far this season. Only PAOK have conceded less (seven). On the other hand, the transfer window is still… young, and there are at least two players who could leave the club. Coach Manolo Jiménez and his associates say they are prepared though, and if need be, there are players they have in mind, players who could come in and cover all gaps in the roster. AEK are sitting second in the table, just one point behind leaders Olympiakos, shooting their own foot in their last 2017 Super League match. They hosted lowly Apollon Smyrnis, and… incredibly, they failed to score, settling for a simple draw. Two more points in that match, would have AEK first, carrying the unofficial title of “winter champions”.
Previous five matches:
Panetolikos vs AEK Athens 0-4
Asteras Tripolis vs Panetolikos 0-0
Panetolikos vs Olympiakos 1-4
Lamia vs Panetolikos 2-2
Ergotelis vs Panetolikos 0-5
Panetolikos vs AEK 0-4
AEK vs Apollon Smyrnis 0-0
AEK vs Kerkyra 3-1
Austria Vienna vs AEK 0-0
Levadiakos vs AEK 0-2
AEK are hosting Panetolikos on Tuesday (Greece Cup, round of 16, return leg).
Panetolikos vs AEK Athens: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Panetolikos and two for AEK in the four games between these two in Agrinio since 2011. Two of those four matches went over 2.5 goals.
Panetolikos vs AEK Athens: Prediction
No surprise, AEK are considered huge favourites to pick up all three points, and they should, despite, maybe, looking a bit… rusty, after the break.
Panetolikos vs AEK Athens: Betting Tips
A simple AEK win pays 1.61. Panetolikos have scored just one goal in their last three matches, while AEK have conceded only one in their last five (and that was from the penalty spot, late in their game against Kerkyra, while leading 3-0). My point is, “AEK to win and keep a clean sheet” definitely makes sense, and pays a very good 2.40.
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