Panionios vs Platanias
Competition: Greek Super League
Date: 9 April 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
It took Panathinaikos a 74th-minute penalty to score against Panionios on Thursday and take the win, something that left the visitors frustrated, mostly because they were adamant that there was no penalty. Coach Milojevic said in the Press conference after the game that he saw players crying in the locker room, feeling that they had been robbed at least the point of a draw. No matter what, Panionios will be in the play-offs and they are definitely the most pleasant surprise of the season so far in Greece. Milojevic can count on a full squad, and one that is determined to return to positive results, after insisting that at Panathinaikos they fell victims of a ‘robbery’. Panionios are hoping for a draw in PAOK vs Panathinaikos, so as to climb back up to second place.
If Panionios are the most pleasant surprise of the season in Greece, then Platanias are definitely the second most pleasant, having had a spectacular second round. Actually, if it weren’t for their grueling schedule in the last weeks of the season, they could push for a top-five finish. Last weekend they lost at Olympiakos, on Thursday they lost at home to AEK, in a ‘six-point game’, now they are facing Panionios away from home, and their next game is against PAOK. With opponents like these, Platanias were obliged to hold a small basket, entering the fight for a top-five finish. Coach Paraschos has all his players at his disposal.
Panionios vs Platanias: Head-to-head Stats
Since 2012, Panionios have won twice against Platanias at home, and two more games have ended without goals. Generally, Platanias have scored just one goal in their four visits.
Panionios vs Platanias: Prediction
Against Olympiakos and AEK, Platanias showed that they have rather touched their ceiling. Against a similarly serious team like Panionios, especially away from home, it would be a big surprise if they managed even a draw. I expect Panionios to win, and rather easily, by two goals or more.
Panionios vs Platanias: Tips
A Panionios win pays well enough, but Panionios to win and keep a clean sheet pays even better. Mohamed Ben and Masouras have been in awesome scoring form lately, so choosing one of these two to score anytime makes good sense.
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