Aris vs Panetolikos
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 15 December 2018
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
No one can blame Aris’ players for lack of effort last weekend at Atromitos, but it felt like… it wasn’t their day. They were losing 2-0 when they finally managed to score, in the 89th minute. Right after that, they went 3-1 down. That wasn’t the end of it, though; 3-2 in added time, and slight hope of salvaging a point. Final score? 4-2(!), as they conceded again. Four goals were scored in something like five minutes(!!). Bad news followed, as center-forward Dimitris Diamantopoulos, the scorer of their second goal in Peristeri last weekend, got injured, and won’t reappear in 2018. Aris are 6th in the Super League table, on 19 points from 13 matches.
Panetolikos beat bottom-of-the-table Apollon Smyrnis 2-1 at home last weekend, a game that left them with… mixed feelings; obviously, winning, earning all three points, was their priority. After taking a 2-0 lead in the first half though, getting threatened by Apollon in the second half, and worrying until the last seconds about getting equalized, I repeat, playing at home, against the team featuring at the bottom of the Super League table, didn’t make Panetolikos look good. Their coach, Traianos Dellas, told reporters after the match that the second half should act as a lesson to them and his players. Panetolikos are 9th, on 18 points from 13 matches, a single point behind Aris. There is a group of five teams on 19 and 18 points, and all of them are dreaming, openly or… quietly, of playing in the Europa League next season.
Previous five matches:
Atromitos vs Aris 4-2
Aris vs Panathinaikos 1-1
OFI vs Aris 1-2
Apollon Smyrnis vs Aris 1-2
Aris vs Olympiakos Piraeus 0-1
Panetolikos vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Panetolikos 2-1
Panetolikos vs AEK Athens 2-1
PAOK vs Panetolikos 2-1
Panionios vs Panetolikos 3-0
Aris’ next game is on Thursday, at Ergotelis. Panetolikos are visiting OF Ierapetra on Tuesday (both Greece Cup matches).
Aris vs Panetolikos: Head to head Stats
Aris haven’t hosted Panetolikos since 2013. That Super League match ended in a goalless draw. Two years earlier, they had drawn 0-0 as well.
Aris vs Panetolikos: Prediction
Aris are considered clear favorites to win the game. I agree, considering them a better team than Panetolikos, at least when playing at home.
Aris vs Panetolikos: Betting Tips
A simple Aris victory is at 1.57. For more than that, I would risk combining their win with a clean sheet. Like that, it pays 2.30.