Panathinaikos vs PAOK by Tullamore
After the first day of the playoffs, the table is as below:
Atromitos : 3
Panathinaikos : 3
PAOK : 3
Asteras Tripolis: 1
Panathinaikos is coming from a 1-1 draw at Peristeri, against Atromitos, at a very interesting game, where both teams could have easily scored at least a second goal and grab the victory. However, noone was lucky enough to leave with the 3 points.
On the other hand, PAOK was playing against the bottom team of the tournament, but appeared incapable to start in a positive way. Asteras Tripolis with an early goal, took the lead and managed to keep it till the 60th minute of the game, when Miroslav Stoch scored an equalizer. Afterwards, PAOK was more passionate and tried hard to find another way to the opponent's net, but in vain.
PAOK faced problems at the last meeting against Panathinaikos and it is no secret that it lacks on fitness and cannot "follow" the fast feet of Panathinaikos wingers. Especially at Nano's side, the difference was ridiculous. This guy was tremendous at the final and he didn't have any problems playing as a full back the whole game, running up and down, creating dangerous situations on PAOK's defense and guarding effectively his opponents on D.
However, Panathinaikos wasn't that stable at the other side and it is a team that can hide its weaknesses, by pushing the opponents high enough. This way, Panathinaikos gives limited time to the opponent to close its Box and that has as a result fewer defensive problems.
However, now PAOK knows... and it will have Athanasiadis at the front, while playmaker Natcho is available too at the midfield and ready to control the tempo. PAOK is always dangerous, even when it doesn't play as well as it can. Panathinaikos's defense is facing problems, when it comes to defend and i don't mean when the ball is in the air. I mean, when the opponent is attacking with the ball on the field. Its central defenders are nothing special and you will notice that at the upcoming game.
This is a difficult game for Panathinaikos and it is very important for both the main contenders of the first place. I feel like a draw here, but i cannot imagine how any of these will avoid conceding a goal. Pick both teams to score and good luck!
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|Both teams to score||Bet365||2.00||8||1-1 WON (+8 units)|