Panetolikos needs to improve in defense
The two consecutive wins against Asteras Tripolis (0-2) and Panthrakikos (1-0) have boosted the morale of Panetolikos but the players must remain focused. Their defense still needs work and I must say I do not agree with the sets of odds that I see from many bookmakers. Veria must not be underestimated because they are too experienced in Super League battles and they will try to steal point or points wherever and whenever they find a chance. The preview and betting pick:
Panetolikos won the last match against Panthrakikos (1-0) as expected but they really troubled me with their defensive behavior against a very weak opponent. In fact, Panthrakikos had an attempt at the bar (17’) while the score was still at 0-0. A goal at 22’ by Markovski gave Panetolikos the boost they needed. They added pressure for a second goal that never came despite their many chances (attempts 14-5). Coach Leonel Pontes aims to a third consecutive win which will allow the team to build confidence for the difficult season that follows.
Out for different reasons: Corstjens (DEF/0), Bejarano (DEF/0), Camara (FWD/1)
Veria was easily defeated in the last home match against PAOK (0-3). Everything was practically over before halftime with coach Georgiadis watching his players having a poor performance and conceding two goals (17’, 25’). This caused a reaction by the supporters of the club forcing Veria to improve during the second half (total attempts 13-16). Their best moment was an attempt at the bar at 48’ (Nazlidis) but they ended up conceding a third goal at 55’. Georgiadis has still a lot work to do with his roster and the bad news is there two very important absences reported for the difficult battle at Agrinio.
Injured: Youssouf (MID/3), Abdoun (MID/3/2 goals/1 assist)
Betting pick: Both to score @ 2.10
As I said above, Veria must not be underestimated. Luck was at Panetolikos’ side at Tripoli or when Panthrakikos aimed at the bar but if they will allow Veria to score first, they can get into trouble.
All teams are aware this season will be very difficult and this is exactly why any point is important. The weaker clubs will give their best when they be facing each other and not Olympiacos, PAOK, Panathinaikos, Atromitos, Asteras Tripolis and AEK. The defenders of both sides have not convinced me yet and this is why I will stay with the option which I want to believe is safer.