Panionios vs Panetolikos
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 3 November 2018
Kick-off: 16:15 CET
Panionios came very close to becoming the first team to beat Atromitos in the Super League this season, but their 88th-minute second goal (2-1) didn’t prove enough to earn them all three points last weekend. The Peristeri side equalized in added time. Winger Yorgos Manthatis got injured, and according to reports, he’ll stay out for a whole month. Midweek, Panionios visited Apollon Pontou, for a Greece Cup match. Their 0-4 win means that they have already qualified for the next stage of the competition, even though there is one match left for them in the group. José Anigo rested several regulars, seven, to be exact, giving game time to players who usually don’t start. On eight points from as many games in the Super League, Panionios need to… step on it.
“We threw away two points”. That was Traianos Dellas’ comment after Panetolikos’ 1-1 draw with Asteras Tripolis last weekend at home. The Agrinio side got equalized in added time, hence the comment of their coach. Midweek, they drew without goals with Kissamikos in the Greece Cup, a result that puts them in a very tough position. They are on just one point from two matches in their group, they have one left, and the way things stand at the moment, they need a combination of favorable results to finish in the top-2. They played with several reserves against Kissamikos, half thinking that it would be enough to win, and half showing that they are not… dying to do well in the Cup. They are 7th in the Super League, on 12 points from eight matches.
Previous five matches:
Apollon Pontou vs Panionios 0-4
Panionios vs Atromitos 2-2
Panathinaikos vs Panionios 1-0
Panionios vs Aris 1-0
Panionios vs AEL Larissa 2-0
Kissamikos vs Panetolikos 0-0
Panetolikos vs Asteras Tripolis 1-1
PAS Giannina vs Panetolikos 0-2
Panetolikos vs Levadiakos 2-1
Panetolikos vs Panathinaikos 0-1
Panionios’ next game is at Xanthi, next Saturday. A day later, Panetolikos will be visiting PAOK (both Super League matches).
Panionios vs Panetolikos: Head to head Stats
Three Panionios wins and two draws in the last five games between these two in Nea Smirni.
Panionios vs Panetolikos: Prediction
Panionios are considered favorites to win the game, but I don’t trust them. I’m tempted to back Panetolikos to leave Nea Smirni with a point.
Panionios vs Panetolikos: Betting Tips
The visitors’ double chance pays 2.05, considerably better than Panionios’ win. Panetolikos’ win in “draw no bet” is at 3.25. Remember, they have lost just one of their three away games this season, and Panionios have won just one of their five at home.