Win at all cost for Panionios
Two goals in four minutes during the second half (61’, 65’) have made all the difference for OFI. The players of Mr. Sa Pinto had a better performance than Panionios in that match but they are not as strong when they play away. Panionios might be on a losing streak of five matches but they should never be underestimated when playing at Nea Smyrni. Their wins against Panathinaikos (3-0), Atromitos (2-1) and PAOK (2-0) can prove how dangerous they can be on a good day.
The preview and betting pick for the Cup re-match:
PANIONIOS vs. OFI (On aggregate: 0-2)
Also this season in Super League: 18/08/13 OFI – Panionios: 0-0, 05/01/14 Panionios – OFI: 0-0
Panionios was defeated in last Monday in the away match against Aris (1-0). Both teams were tensed because they are involved in relegation battle but Aris was the one that scored. The players of Panionios complained for the behavior of the home team and their statements and the match is being investigated by a Sports Prosecutor. Mr. Panagopoulos was very disappointed in his statements but he said there is no way his team will be involved in relegation fight because his players have the quality to get out of it. In the days that followed, the statements by the players of Panionios have made it clear they will be after the win against OFI although they know the score of the first match will not allow them to qualify.
Injured: Giannakopoulos (GK/13), Koulouheris (DEF/12), Toskas (MID/1)
Other: Lasnik (MID/18/1 goal/1 assist)
OFI had some good performances over the last two months and the morale of the team is superb as they are eight points away from relegation having good chances to qualify to the next round of the Greek Cup. It is widely accepted that Mr. Sa Pinto has transformed the team and they are very dangerous especially when they play at home. This is where they got their last win against Panthrakikos (1-0). Both teams had an average performance during the first half but OFI added pressure for the win during the second. The fantastic goal of Dudu with a long shot at 61’, seconds after he substituted Kalajdzic, was proven enough to give three more points to his team. And they deserved it as they had more attempts on goal than their opponents (12 vs. 3).
Betting Pick: Panionios to win @ 2.45
From the news that I have been getting all week, I expect to see Panionios having a good performance today. Some of their supporters accused them last week for not caring and the things that happened in the match that followed against Aris have made the team eager to prove they are better than they show lately. The financial problems of the club still hold but all the players are used to the uncertainty of the last seasons. I do not expect Panionios will qualify but they surely can win a relatively weak away team like OFI (2W-3D-7L, goals 7-21) on a good day.