CSKA Moscow vs Panathinaikos
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 25 October 2017
Time: 19:00 CET
After Real Madrid ended their four-game winning streak last Thursday (82:69), CSKA Moscow secured a dominant win at their floor over Saratov at home (93:66) in the VTB league, to reach a 4-0 record domestically, with 1-1 in the Euroleague. Now they’re facing their old rival Panathinaikos in an important match, looking for the 2nd win in the competition that would take them to the top half of the table. Real Madrid didn’t allow them to perform at their best in the 2nd round game, as we predicted, but the team definitely has a certain potential they’re expected to show and build up on as the season progresses.
The “Greens“ have won their last domestic league match away against Larissas Faros (52:89) to maintain their position at the top of the table (3-0). Three days before they’ve overpowered Brose Bamberg in Athens (93:83) for their first win in the Euroleague this season (1-1). Recently, the team is looking better and better, going game after game, with the newcomers blending in gradually, and they are yet to show what they’re made of.
Previous five games:
CSKA Moscow vs Saratov 93 : 66
Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow 82 : 69
CSKA Moscow vs Tsmoki Minsk 90 : 54
CSKA Moscow vs Olimpia Milano 93 : 84
Astana vs CSKA Moscow 72 : 92
Larissas Faros vs Panathinaikos 52 : 89
Panathinaikos vs Bamberg 93 : 83
Panathinaikos vs PAOK 89 : 74
Barcelona vs Panathinaikos 98 : 71
Olympiakos vs Panathinaikos 68 : 71
Euroleague 4th round is on schedule this Friday, with CSKA Moscow visiting Anadolu Efes, while Panathinaikos is welcoming other Turkish side Fenerbahce.
CSKA Moscow vs Panathinaikos: Head to Head Stats
In September, CSKA Moscow won the friendly match between these two clubs (68:60), while last season each club won their home game – 85:80 for PAO after overtime in Athens, while CSKA won 81:77 in Moscow. Among the last 10 games, CSKA was more successful with 7 wins. Also, they have won 11 consecutive games as a host against this rival.
CSKA Moscow vs Panathinaikos: Prediction
CSKA Moscow should secure a win, although I don’t expect them to dominate the game and win by a big margin. I expect a tough game, and most probably not too many points scored.
CSKA Moscow vs Panathinaikos: Betting Tips
Game total of 160.5 looks a bit high, and I believe these two teams won’t score over 160 points this time, so them scoring UNDER 160.5 points (@ 1.90) looks like the best choice to me.
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