Panetolikos vs AEK Athens
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 24 November 2018
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Traianos Dellas was hoping that during the two-week international break at least one of his two injured midfielders, either Sebastian Eriksson or Marcos Paulo, would fully recover from their latest injuries, but… no. Center-forward Vlad Morar is back, so is center-back Dimitris Chantakias (both missed the game at PAOK two weeks ago), but the problem in midfield remains. Panetolikos lost 2-1 in Thessaloniki just before the break, looking good in the last 20 minutes, after going 2-0 down. Twelve points from 10 matches have them 9th in the Super League table. On another note, according to reports, they have decided to sign four players during the winter transfer window, a big number that shows their ambitions to be more than a team “ok with… surviving in the top division”.
“We will look much better after the international break”. That’s what Marinos Ouzounidis, AEK’s coach, told reporters, ahead of the restart of the Super League, two weeks after their 0-2 home defeat to Atromitos. They say “staying at the top is tougher than reaching it”, and AEK definitely are experiencing exactly that; champions least season (even though, how they won the championship, and if they really deserved it more than PAOK, is an… ongoing discussion in Greece), fifth in the table today, nine whole points behind leaders PAOK. Keep in mind, they are hosting Ajax on Tuesday, in their last home game in the Champions League group stage.
Previous five matches:
PAOK vs Panetolikos 2-1
Panionios vs Panetolikos 3-0
Kissamikos vs Panetolikos 0-0
Panetolikos vs Asteras Tripolis 1-1
PAS Giannina vs Panetolikos 0-2
AEK Athens vs Atromitos 0-2
Bayern Munich vs AEK Athens 2-0
Panathinaikos vs AEK Athens 0-0
Apollon Larissa vs AEK Athens 0-4
AEK Athens vs Aris 4-0
Panetolikos’ next game is at Olympiakos Piraeus, on Monday, December 3 (Super League). AEK are hosting Ajax on Tuesday (Champions League).
Panetolikos vs AEK Athens: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Panetolikos and three for AEK in the last five games between these two in Agrinio.
Panetolikos vs AEK Athens: Prediction
I like Panetolikos’ chances of upsetting AEK. The reigning champions had two weeks to… recover mentally from their home defeat to Atromitos, but I just don’t trust them enough to take their 1.72, which is what their win is paying.
Panetolikos vs AEK Athens: Betting Tips
“Panetolikos or draw” is at 2.15. For the ultra conservative, their 1.5 Asian handicap pays 1.40.