Galatasaray Istanbul vs Panathinaikos Athens
Date: 03rd February 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
The first Euroleague game on Friday will be between two teams with very different objectives at the moment. It will feature Galatasaray Istanbul and Panathinaikos Athens.
The hosts, Galatasaray, have spent the majority of the current season at the bottom of the table and it doesn’t look like they will move from there anytime soon. They lost to Fenerbahce in the previous round, which was their sixth loss in the last eight matches. On Friday evening, the team from Istanbul will face Panathinaikos, which most likely will result in a lot of bad moments for the home crowd.
Panathinaikos definitely have more important goals than Galatasaray, as they are trying to solidify their place in the 2016-17 Euroleague playoff phase. The Greeks have performed a bit shaky lately, winning just twice in their last six matches. In the previous round they lost to Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade, but will have a good opportunity to bounce back on Friday.
Galatasaray Istanbul vs Panathinaikos Athens: Head to head stats
In the last 16 years, Galatasaray Istanbul and Panathinaikos have played three times and all games were won by the Greek club.
In the previous game this season between the teams, Panathinaikos dominated and won with an 85-58 score.
Galatasaray Istanbul vs Panathinaikos Athens: Prediction
There is no doubt that Panathinaikos are the favorites to win the game on Friday, as they have shown throughout the season, that they are the better team. However, don’t expect Galatasaray to go down without a fight.
It should be noted though that Panathinaikos have lost four games in a row as visitors, while Galatasaray have grabbed two consecutive victories at home. Nonetheless, from a statistics point of view, the Greens shouldn’t have too many troubles. They have the third-best defense in the entire Euroleague (75.7 ppg), which is the main reason for their success so far. Offensively, Panathinaikos aren’t the most impressive team (77.4 pg), but they will face the third-worst defense on Friday (84.5 ppg).
Expect a comfortable win for Panathinaikos, who will be able to break their losing streak on the road.
Galatasaray Istanbul vs Panathinaikos Athens: Tips
- Panathinaikos -2.5 @ 1.90