Panetolikos vs Panionios
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 11 March 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
“Shameful”. That is how Traianos Dellas, Panetolikos’ coach, called his team’s defeat at Asteras Tripolis last weekend. The Agrinio side lost 3-0 to a team that were left with 10 men less than four minutes into the game(!). Yes, you read that right, Asteras lost a player less than four minutes after kick-off, but they still went on and beat Panetolikos 3-0. Later on, Dellas told reporters “I’ll consider this just a very bad parenthesis, an isolated incident”. It will be super interesting to see if Panetolikos will bounce back after probably the… loudest slap on the face they have received all season. After last weekend’s game they were sitting 7th in the table, seven points behind 5th-placed Aris, but with seven matches left, everything is possible (the 5th-placed team should earn a Europa League ticket).
One thing Panetolikos and Panionios have in common is that they lost 3-0 last weekend away from home (Panionios’ lost at Atromitos). One thing they don’t have in common, judging by reports these last days, is the… level of faith in their coach; Dellas’ stay at Panetolikos is considered a 50-50 thing, with the club directors not entirely satisfied with what they’ve seen from him thus far. On the other hand, it’s considered almost certain that Akis Mantzios will still be working at Panionios even after the end of this season. The Nea Smirni side sit 10th in the table, on 26 points, and should stay out of trouble. They are not mathematically safe yet, but they have the situation under control.
Previous five matches:
Asteras Tripolis vs Panetolikos 3-0
Panetolikos vs PAS Giannina 1-0
Levadiakos vs Panetolikos 1-0
Panetolikos vs AEL Larissa 2-2
Lamia vs Panetolikos 0-2
Atromitos vs Panionios 3-0
PAOK vs Panionios 4-2
Panionios vs Panathinaikos 2-0
Aris vs Panionios 1-1
Panionios vs Apollon Smyrnis 0-1
Panetolikos are hosting PAOK next weekend. Panionios will be hosting Xanthi (both Super League matches).
Panetolikos vs Panionios: Head to head Stats
Just one win for Panetolikos, three for Panionios, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Agrinio.
Panetolikos vs Panionios: Prediction
I expect Panetolikos to bounce back, show some well-meant ego, and beat a team that has played some good games recently, but all in all, are not really any better than the hosts.
Panetolikos vs Panionios: Betting Tips
Panetolikos’ win is at 2.17. A more reserved approach would be betting on their double chance combined with “over 1.5”, at 2.02.