Poor morale for Olympiacos…
The players of Olympiacos were disappointed after the average midweek defeat against Arsenal which left them out of the Round of 16 in the Champions League. Not even the worst enemy of the team could possibly expect them to surrender so easily when they had so many possible results to take that extra step they had been looking for. The next match against Panetolikos is expected to be easy. After all, most of the games this season look more like a strong training than anything else. Let’s have a look at the preview and betting picks:
Analysis: Olympiacos – Panetolikos
*Click here to see the odds and referees of Day 14.
Olympiacos won the last away match against Panthrakikos (3-4) after an average performance. The players of Silva set a new record with their twelfth consecutive win while the final decision for the away match against Panathinaikos is still pending. As far as that match is concerned, Olympiacos was in control (attempts 6-19) and scored first at 14’. Panthrakikos answered immediately (15’) to set the score of the halftime. A penalty kick by Fortounis brought the Champions back on the lead at 48’ and two more goals, at 66’ (penalty kick again) and 80’, secured the new win. The poor defensive performance of the team until the final whistle allowed Panthrakikos to score twice (87’ and 91’) and made everything more stressful in the last three minutes. It looks like Olympiacos was already thinking of the midweek match against Arsenal (0-3) where they disappointed the 33.000 supporters who attended it. The team was actually present only for a few moments during the first half. Arsenal warned with an attempt at the bar (25’) and took the lead four minutes later (29’). Two more goals (49’ and a penalty kick at 67’) during the second half gave a sad end to Olympiacos’ dreams with Giroud (hat-trick) having a party with the defenders. Silva was not pleased with the performance of the team and this explains his statement “we still have a lot of work ahead of us”.
Injured: Maniatis (MID/0) and Bouchalakis (MID/1/1) are long absent, Fuster (MID/2)
Panetolikos comes from a home draw against Atromitos (1-1) after an open match where both teams looked interested in the win and nothing else. The two teams had almost the same number of chances (total attempts 11-10) but my overall impression was that Atromitos was more dangerous and, if there would be a winner in that match, it should be them. In fact, Panetolikos should thank their goalkeeper Kyriakidis for having his best performance (5 saves) in Super League that day. The important thing is that they got the point against a strong opponent who does not deserve such a low place in the standings. Everyone is aware for the difficulties of the next match against Olympiacos so the main goal is a descent performance. There are six absences reported.
Banned: Kappel (FWD/13/2 goals/1 assist), Markovski (FWD/13/5 goals/1 assist)
Injured: Corstjens (DEF/2), Diego Bejarano (DEF/3), Papazoglou (DEF/12/1 assist), Papoutsogiannopoulos (MID/4)
Betting Pick: The win of Olympiacos (-1.5) @ 1.65
If you read my midweek preview for Olympiacos you already know I was shocked by the way the match against Arsenal turned out. My guess is the Champions cannot possibly repeat their recent two poor performances where they conceded three goals from the worst team in Super League and they did not even score in the most important game of the season. Panetolikos has too many absences in defense and offense and the least Olympiacos must get is a win by two goals.