With no other flexibility for the losses of Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, the moment of truth for AEK, PAOK seals qualification.
In the battle of Europe, the Greek teams are thrown again, with Thursday’s matches being pivotal for the continuation. At 7:45 p.m., Panathinaikos is tested at the home of Rennes. The French side prevailed 2-1 in the Avenue match and dropped the “greens” from the top of Group F. This is Rennes’ only win in their last six games, with the Genesio side in 11th place Ligue 1 after losing to the leaders Nice.
Panathinaikos, on the other hand, leads the title race in the Stoiximan Super League. After escaping with a victory from the home of Lamia, they are at +4 from Olympiakos and AEK, but also at +5 from PAOK. Jovanovic’s team performs extremely well in defense and attack, as it presents the highest collection of goals (31) but also the least passive (6) in the division.
However, they definitely want a positive result in France in order to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the next phase of the Europa League. And in the worst case to take a decisive step for the 3rd place that leads to the Conference League. Magnusson, Palmer-Brown and Huancar remain sidelined.
Rennes see the Europa League as a way out until they can find a rhythm in the league. They are a fast and very physical team, capable in empty space. Panathinaikos maintains its consistency and composure on the pitch, while this time it is expected to be more prepared for the clash with the French team. The combined Goal/Goal & Over 3.5 offside bet on the match at odds of 3.45 on Stoiximan’s Bet Builder.
At 22:00 in New Philadelphia, AEK hosts Marseille. The balance in Group B is delicate, with Marseille at the top of the group with five points, AEK and Brighton following with four and Ajax at the bottom for the time being with two.
At the “Velodrome” everything was decided by a cheap mistake by Stankovic, at the moment when AEK had the momentum, equalizing with Pineda in the 53rd minute of Vitinia’s goal from the 27th minute. However, the penalty and the expulsion of the Austrian goalkeeper brought the final 3-1 in favor of the French team.
With Gattuso now on the bench, Marseille are trying to save the season. She is 9th in Ligue 1 and 5th seems like her ceiling. Gei, Unahi and Ruith are knocked out for the match with AEK.
Almeida’s team suffered a defeat against Kifissia. She was unable to follow up the comfortable 2-0 win over PAOK, as her inability to properly finish the chances she created ultimately cost her a 1-1 draw with the newcomers.
At -4 off the top of the standings, he still has time to catch up, however it’s clear he needs to find a way to better manage back-to-back matches.
Now, however, the 90th minute with Marseille takes precedence, as in the event of a win, they are very firmly in the qualification zone and at the same time jump for at least 3rd place. Stankovic punished, Hadjisafi doubtful, however Levia Garcia is ready for the “final” with the Marseilles.
Very big match in New Philadelphia. AEK usually bring out a lot of tension on the pitch when they play at home and have a way of imposing their tempo. Marseille have plenty of quality, however they often show naivety in their play and a low level of concentration. The combination bet 1 & Goal/Goal at 4.30 by Stoiximan.
At the same time in London, Olympiacos has a big challenge in front of it, facing West Ham. The “hammers” are tied at six points with Freiburg in the first place of the group, Piraeus are following at four points and Batska Topola is the last with one point.
However, the season is not going well for Moges’ team. With the exception of the Carabao Cup qualification win over Arsenal, West Ham still have one draw and four defeats in their last six games.
They got nothing against Aston Villa, Everton and Brentford in their last three Premier League matches, so they dropped to 12th place. He won’t be on the same adventures as last year, however he looks unlikely to claim anything through a championship. So the Cups and Europe are an outlet for distinction.
Olympiacos was excellent in the Faliros match and prevailed 2-1, ending a streak of 17(!) unbeaten games by West Ham in Europe. However, after the trouble he caused himself in the 2-2 away draw with Topola, he must look for a positive result in London as well. Not an easy task, since West Ham will now be under suspicion…
In addition, the atmosphere in the Piraeus camp is not the best possible after the shock defeat with a score of 2-4 by PAOK in Faliro. A result that brings the “red and whites” to -4 from the top of the Stoiximan Super League. Brusai and Richards were out, Ibora was in.
A second straight lead against a Premier League side is no easy feat. Especially since West Ham are desperate for a response after all three league defeats in a row. However, Olympiacos will fight for it and they can find a goal. The combination bet Goal/Goal & Olympiacos Over 2.5 cards at odds of 3.20 in Stoiximan’s Bet Builder.
PAOK is fighting its own battle in the Conference League and in the Toumba match (19:45) against Aberdeen it has a double motivation. To mathematically seal his qualification, but also to make a jump for the first place in Group G.
With 3/3, the “Doubleheader” is at +3 from Eintracht and +8 from the Scots and Helsinki. With two upsets away from home and a win at home against the group’s favourite, Lucescu’s team has practically “locked” its presence in the last 16 of the competition.
And he arrives at the match against Aberdeen after the amazing 4-2 over Olympiakos in “Georgios Karaiskakis”, which keeps him in the battle for the title. Even at -5 from the top of the Stoiximan Super League. With Vieirania and Samata available again, Lucescu has no real problems ahead of Aberdeen.
Aberdeen’s tally is one point in the first three matches of the group. The chances of qualification are only mathematical and certainly not realistic, as it does not have the quality to meet the requirements of the event.
The way they were defeated 2-3 by PAOK, while leading 2-0 until the 72nd minute… Aberdeen is a tough team and very physical, but that’s it. However, he arrives at the Tuba match in good spirits, as after the emphatic 4-2 away win against Motherwell, he also defeated Hibernian away with a score of 1-0 in the semi-finals of the League Cup and qualified for the final. McGarry and Morris are out.
PAOK has an opportunity in front of it and will hardly let it go to waste. Aberdeen are respectable, but they don’t have the momentum to compete with the “Two-Headed”. Stoiximan’s 4.10 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 multiple choice score special bet.
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