Panetolikos vs Olympiakos
Competition: Greek Super League
Date: 30 April 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Centre-forwards Dimitris Papadopoulos and Marko Markovski, defensive midfielders Grigoris Makos and Stefanos Papoutsogiannopoulos, left-back Luis Rocha, and central midfielder Marcos Paulo, are all unavailable, that’s half a dozen players who, under normal circumstances, would be -almost all of them- in the starting lineup, something that gives you an idea of how competitive Panetolikos are expected to look in the last game of the season. The Agrinio team have just one win in their last six games, and that was against lowly Veria at home, a poor 1-0 win, just enough for the hosts to save some face, in what was an underwhelming season for them.
Olympiakos are getting ready to celebrate yet another championship title hoping to host River Plate in a huge friendly game in May, but technically, they still need to wait a few days, maybe a week, maybe even ten days, to make sure that they… won the title indeed. The chances to see points (six) deducted from them for events that happened in a Cup game against AEK are… slimmer than slim, but still existent. In this game, coach Takis Lemonis cannot count on left winger Seba and centre-back Alberto Botia, both suspended. Plus, he is expected to use some non-regulars. Olympiakos still want all three points, because they cannot be 100% sure that no points will be deducted from them.
Panetolikos vs Olympiakos: Head-to-head Stats
Olympiakos threw a 5-2 party last season at Panetolikos, but before that hey had been held at a surprising 1-1 draw.
Panetolikos vs Olympiakos: Prediction
Olympiakos should win, even if coach Lemonis decides to field a mostly reserve team. Even their ‘second best’ players are infinitely better than the ones Panetolikos have in their roster, not to mention that the hosts will be without half a dozen guys who could easily be in their starting lineup if available.
Panetolikos vs Olympiakos: Tips
A win of the visiting side pays too little, just 1.30. Given that Panetolikos will be without key attacking figures, I’m backing Olympiakos to win and keep a clean sheet, a combination that pays 2.20. Last time they played against a much weaker team away from home, at Levadiakos, they were held at an 1-1 draw, so not only they didn’t win but they also conceded a goal, but this time I expect things to go their way, so… win and clean sheet is my tip.