Giannina vs Odd by 20Legend
The greek team PAS Giannia finished in 6th place in the league last season with 42 points from 30 games. The team is a decent home team with 7-3-5 to show for and they are also a team who prioritizes the defensive structure. PAS Giannia is a team that often looks for the opportunity for counter attacks as they concede few goals and always fight for every dual on the pitch.
Several important players from last season are gone with their top scorer Michalis Manias as the most important player.In addition, Stavros Tsoukalas and Brana Ilic are also playing elsewhere. The club has a current break from their season and has played only one friendly against Apoel Nicosia which they lost 2-1.
Odd is experiencing a perfect season in back in Norway these days. They humiliated 14th placed Aalesund (4-1) last weekend and kept on to their 2nd place on the table. They are the only team that can really challenge 1st placed Rosenborg as only three points are between them. Odd has got 33 points from 15 games which also mean that they are good away from home (4-2-1). The club did great in the first round of qualification against Mariehamn as they beat them 1-3 on aggregate.
However, they used those games to rest several key players involved in the starting lineup and it will be a fact here as well. Their midfielder Jone Samuelsen is still injured, while striker Olivier Occean, center back Fredrik Semb Berge and winger Rafik Zekhnini will be rested.
Odd delivered fantastic performances last season in Europa League with the matches against Borussia Dortmund as the highlight. They have shown what their team is capable of, but it will not be easy to copy that performance without all of their key players. They are also a team that is difficult to break down as well as PAS Giannia is. The host have lost several key players, while Odd will be resting some of theirs. I therefore believe that Odd will do anything to keep the score 0-0 tonight and try to finish things at home.
That involves laying low while PAS Giannia must find a way around them, instead of using their usual counter attacks. That will not be easy and I expect the tempo to fall because of these two defensively orientated teams will be neutralized by each other. Under 2.5 goals should be a good alternative.