Panetolikos vs PAOK
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 16 March 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Panetolikos just celebrated their biggest victory in almost nine years(!). Last weekend they destroyed Panionios 5-0 at home, playing a practically perfect game. No wonder their coach, Traianos Dellas, was full of praise for his players after the match, which was also their second win in a row at home, keeping a clean sheet in both games. Panetolikos now sit four points behind 5th-placed Aris, and keep dreaming of leaving them behind, finishing 5th themselves, a position that should earn its… occupant a Europa League ticket. The Agrinio side have been incredibly irregular, you have to go back to December to find two similar results in a row, they go from winning, to losing, to drawing, to winning, to losing, and that over and over again, but despite all that, they have managed to stay close to a Europa League ticket.
Last weekend, PAOK made another step towards winning their first championship title in 34 years, beating Atromitos 3-0 at home. It was their 21st victory in 24 matches, they have three draws as well, still undefeated. The game had bad news as well, though; Brazilian midfielder Maurício, a key-key member of the squad, got seriously injured, has to undergo surgery, and will miss the remainder of the season. PAOK already had Pontus Wernbloom out until the end of the season, but their roster is so deep that one way or another they should be able to solve out any problem. Dimitris Pelkas and Omar El Kaddouri are also out. The Thessaloniki side sit seven points ahead of second-placed Olympiakos, with six matches left, and are still active in the Cup, where they have reached the semifinals.
Previous five matches:
Panetolikos vs Panionios 5-0
Asteras Tripolis vs Panetolikos 3-0
Panetolikos vs PAS Giannina 1-0
Levadiakos vs Panetolikos 1-0
Panetolikos vs AEL Larissa 2-2
PAOK vs Atromitos 3-0
Panathinaikos vs PAOK 0-2
PAOK vs Panionios 4-2
PAOK vs Aris 1-1
Apollon Smyrnis vs PAOK 1-5
Panetolikos’ next game is in two weeks, at AEK. PAOK will be visiting Xanthi after the international break (both Super League matches).
Panetolikos vs PAOK: Head to head Stats
PAOK have five wins in a row at Agrinio over Panetolikos, without having conceded a single goal(!).
Panetolikos vs PAOK: Prediction
The fact that PAOK traveled to Panetolikos without several key players, makes betting on the hosts’ double chance tempting, but deep down, I still expect the Super League leaders to win.
Panetolikos vs PAOK: Betting Tips
Given that a simple PAOK victory pays less than 1.50, I would risk with “PAOK and under 3.5 goals”, at 1.95.