Panathinaikos vs Ajax by Isaiah
Panathinaikos looked fairly well in the season opening game for the Greek Super League competition last weekend when they defeated 3:0 Levadiakos away from home. Visitors were stronger and took a strong start taking the lead from the penalty kick in eight minute taken by Ledesma. Wakaso doubled up the lead in 36th minute and it was all over for the home side.
Leto sealed the final result in 76th minute for the best possible opening of the Super League, while their good form was already obvious in the Europa League qualifiers and a good start in the domestic league was expected. They previously progressed over Swedish side AIK 3:0 on aggregate score, while the play-off round saw them beating Danish giants Brondby 3:0 at home and a 1:1 draw in the second leg. No doubt however that the team is yet to find the peak in their form, since the league started really late this time as most of other European leagues have already played more than a few rounds.
Greek side has defender Koutrombis (1/0), midfielder Ledesma (1/1) and forward Ibardbo (1/0) all set as doubtful but with chances to play. Defender Thelander and midfielder Boumale are out injured, but without performing so far anyway.
Ajax is not having the perfect start in the season, but the team still managed to pull out narrow 1:0 victory at home against Vitesse last weekend. The game itself was quite balanced one at the start, but the hosts managed to take the lead in 55th minute with a goal from Viergever, while the things became much easier for them once the visitors stood playing with a man less in 67th minute and their goal wasn't threated further on.
This was their second consecutive victory, after they defeated Go Ahead Eagles 3:0 before the international break, while this victory surely came in a good momentum for them in order to boost their morale. The team was excluded from the Champions League with ugly 5:2 aggregate defeat against Rostov, while they already travel five points in comparison to leaders from Feyenoord in the Eredivisie competition. Ajax won't be able to count at goalkeeper Krul (no performance so far in the season anyway), plus midfielder Van de Beek (2/0).
Domestic league has just started for Panathinaikos and that may be their disadvantage, however Ajax is far away from their best form right now. Their really weren't impressive against PAOK, even worse against Rostov, two worthy sides they met till now and I can't see them walking away with something here.