Levadiakos needs a win now
Any team like Levadiakos, with 0W-2D-6L (goals 6-11), should start to worry at this point. The players of Pantelidis are very vulnerable in defense and unless they do something about it they will soon be stuck in relegation placement as most teams above them show some signs of strength (at least at home). The home battle against another weak defense like Panionios’ has turned this match into a must win situation. Personally, I will not be surprised if we see a change at the bench in the case of a new negative result. The preview and betting picks:
Analysis: Levadiakos – Panionios
*Club friendly (09/08/14): Levadiakos – Panionios: 0-2. The home team had three attempts at the bar that day…
Levadiakos comes from an away defeat against Veria (2-1). The home team was not as dangerous as they were before the break but the defensive mistakes of Levadiakos (mainly the ones of GK Sifakis) allowed them to score twice in three minutes (22’, 25’). Levadiakos got back in the match immediately (26’, Sotelo) and became more dangerous during the second half. Both teams had a good number of attempts (15-10) but we should point out that most of them were shots outside the box (8-4). As the match was coming to an end Levadiakos wasted three important chances to score (82’, 85’ and 93’). Coach Pantelidis stated his team deserved more and that their performance in the second half makes him optimistic for the matches to come.
Banned: Zito (MID/6)
Panionios comes from a home defeat against Giannina (0-1). They were in control during the first half but their opponent was very concentrated (and improved) in defense. Things became more difficult during the second as they conceded a goal at 62’ and they kept having difficulties every time they were trying to pass the defenders of Giannina. Coach Terezopoulos characterized their defeat as fair. He also stated his players will not be influenced and that they will keep working to improve. The next match against Levadiakos is not easy but the good news is there are no absences reported.
Betting Pick: Both to score @ 2.10
Levadiakos will be determined for the win today but odds like 1.60 do not worth the risk. We are talking about two teams that do not know how to keep a clean sheet. The only way to see a winner will be with a result of Over 2.5 goals @ 2.20 and it pays a lot better.
Panionios lost home points they needed last Monday and this explains the tension between the players of the two sides after the final whistle. They are now forced to look for them away and Levadiakos is the only team within their reach. None of the two teams will surrender and the option of Over 3.5 goals @ 4.00 is not bad at all if they will start scoring soon.