Panathinaikos vs AEL Larissa
Competition: Greek Super League
Date: 30 April 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Following their humiliation at PAOK on Thursday, having lost 4-0 in the return leg of their Cup semifinal, many at Panathinaikos focused on the referee of the game, blaming him 99% for their team’s failure to make it through to the final. Interestingly, Marcus Berg, the best player Panathinaikos have in their roster for years now, and by far the most serious figure in the dressing room, avoided commenting on the referee, focusing instead on his team’s missed goal chances in the first half. Maybe more people at Panathinaikos should follow his example, instead of acting all… Greek about the mistakes the referee made at Toumba. Panathinaikos definitely want all three points in this game, so as to start the play-offs from the best possible position. Centre-back Rodrigo Moledo is unavailable due to suspension. Coach Ouzounidis is expected to use some players who haven’t been regulars this season, fearing that some of his regulars will look tired after Thursday’s Cup game.
Larissa played with fire, but eventually they didn’t get burned. Their win last week at home over Xanthi was exactly what they needed to secure mathematically their presence in next season’s Super League. According to reports, coach Andre Paus is planning on using several non-regular players, so as to give them the chance to play in an official game, and show him what he should expect from them is he decides to keep them at the team. Lots will change at Larissa this summer, and the Dutch coach wants to have the best possible picture of what kind of players he has at his disposal at the moment. Left winger Andreas Avraam and central midfielder Lehlogonolo Masalesa are both suspended, and right-back Vasilis Rentzas is a major doubt due to injury.
Panathinaikos vs AEL Larissa: Head-to-head Stats
Larissa got an unexpected 1-1 draw last time they visited Panathinaikos, but that was back in 2010. This season’s first round game at AEL ended in a goalless draw.
Panathinaikos vs AEL Larissa: Prediction
Panathinaikos should win, despite the fact that important players could get rested, and the team are in bad condition psychologically, after their midweek humiliation at PAOK.
Panathinaikos vs AEL Larissa: Tips
A win of the home side pays very-very little, just 1.25, not worth it. A win of theirs combined with a clean sheet raises the potential earnings at a very respectable 2.00.