Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 17 March 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Given their poor – thus far – 2019, not losing to AEK last weekend was a positive result for Panathinaikos. They dropped 7th in the table, behind Panetolikos who leapfrogged them, but either way, even if they finished in a Europa League position, they wouldn’t actually play in the UEFA competition next year, because of the ban imposed on them. Bans and results-aside, Panathinaikos are struggling to reach agreements with former players and coaches to whom they still owe money. Some days have good news, some not, but they are… hanging in there, which is exactly what you would expect from a club with Panathinaikos’ history and significance in Greek football.
Olympiakos… ruled on the pitch last weekend, beating Aris 4-1, a noteworthy result, given that the Thessaloniki side were in very good form before visiting Piraeus. Olympiakos finished the 24th game week sitting seven points behind leaders PAOK, knowing that the championship title doesn’t really depend on them. These lines were written before PAOK’s Saturday game at Panetolikos; if the leaders fell victims to a big surprise and drew or lost, Olympiakos will have an extra motive against Panathinaikos, not just the fact that this is the most traditional derby in Greek football. No matter if Panathinaikos are… where they are these days, far from being considered a title contender, they remain Panathinaikos, and beating them would be a small redemption for Olympiakos’ players, who have disappointed their fans this season.
Previous five matches:
AEK Athens vs Panathinaikos 0-0
Panathinaikos vs PAOK 0-2
Panionios vs Panathinaikos 2-0
Panathinaikos vs Asteras Tripolis 1-0
PAS Giannina vs Panathinaikos 1-0
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Aris 4-1
Apollon Smyrnis vs Olympiakos Piraeus 0-2
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Lamia 0-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs OFI Crete 5-1
Dynamo Kiev vs Olympiakos Piraeus 1-0
Panathinaikos’ next game is at Apollon Smyrnis, in two weeks. Olympiakos will be hosting Atromitos after the international break (both Super League matches).
Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Panathinaikos and two for Olympiakos in the last five games between these two with the Greens as hosts.
Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos: Prediction
I like Panathinaikos’ chances of earning at least a draw. I did the same last weekend, suggesting their double chance (2.38) against AEK, and I’m repeating the same tip.
Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos: Betting Tips
“Panathinaikos or draw” is at 2.05. This may feel… half-suicidal, given that they have scored just one goal in their last six games, but on the other hand, they have kept a clean sheet in more than half of their last seven games.