Ouzounidis: “We need to be smart against Veria”
Even the most optimistic supporter of Panionios could expect to see this team holding the third place in the standings after seven matches (4W-1D-2L). I remind you their finances are very poor and this explains why Panionios is the only club in Super League with 4 foreign players (and 25 Greeks!). Coach Ouzounidis insists his team is only looking for a safe season, at least safer than their recent ones where they were involved in relegation battle until the end. In his statements about the home game against Veria he pointed out they are a difficult opponent and that it is not a coincidence they are still undefeated on away matches (2W-1D-0L, goals 4-1). The preview and betting pick:
Analysis: Panionios – Veria
No one can doubt Panionios is having a very good season so far. Their last home win against Kalloni (2-0) was fair (total attempts 11-5) and considering the defensive weaknesses that Kalloni showed, they could have scored more. Coach Ouzounidis insists that the main goal of the team is to avoid relegation but if they keep up like this they will achieve it by January! Their offense has been extremely dangerous until now and the only team that escaped was Olympiacos (0-2) on Day 1 although they did take care of that as well in a friendly away match during the last break (2-4 but 11 players of Olympiacos were called on international duty). Ouzounidis pointed out the away record of Veria must alarm his players.
Midweek obligations for the Cup: Panetolikos (away 28/10).
Absences: None, full roster
Usually teams are influenced by the home ground effect but Veria is a different story! They have played a total of 7 matches until now and the record shows 0 home wins, 2 draws and 5 away wins! They come from a home defeat against Atromitos (0-1) in a match where the two teams had a large number of chances (total attempts 20-14). Atromitos was more determined and lost the first important chance at 29’ (bar). Tallec scored at 46’ giving the lead to the away team. Very spent the rest of the game looking for an equalizer that never came. They still have not won at home (0W-1D-3L) but they look a lot more confident when playing away (2W-1D-0L).
Midweek obligations for the Cup: Atromitos (away 28/10)
Injured: Kali (DEF/0), Balafas (MID/0), Ostojić (MID/1)
Betting Pick: Both to score @ 2.00
The stats of the two teams until now show Panionios can go for a new win but I am concerned with the strange behavior of Veria. The least we should expect is at least one goal by both sides. Normally a result of Over 2.5 goals @ 2.30 should be on the way but I must warn you about the midweek Cup schedule. Do not be surprised if you’ll see changes in the lineups or a sudden change in the energy the two teams will have in the field.