Panathinaikos v Estoril

Date: December 11, 2014
Venue: Stadio Apostolos Nikolaidas, Athens, Greece
Kick-off time: 18:00 BST

The Europa League group game between Panathinaikos FC and Estoril Praia is the third place fight in the Group E. Panathinaikos has just drawn one game against PSV, while losing the other four in the process. Estoril is placed third in the group with four points to their name, which is definitely a good progress for them.

Both the teams are out of the contention to progress in the next stage and this fixture is likely to decide which team finishes third.

Panathinaikos FC form: W-L-W-W-D

Panathinaikos have suffered loss of form in the European games; domestically they are faring better. Apart from the away game against PSV Eindhoven, Panathinaikos has lost all their group games; all of them by fine margins.

Panathinaikos’ problems are mostly due to the defensive frailties they showed in the group stages. Attack wise they have been decent.

GD Estoril Praia form: L-D-D-D-W

Estoril were supposed to struggle the most in a group comprised of Dinamo Moscow, PSV and Panathinaikos. They have exceeded the expectations and currently placed third in the group with four points. Estoril’s best moments include a win over Panathinaikos and a draw in the previous game against PSV.

With nothing to lose, Estoril will surely play with a clear mind and most importantly to play to enjoy the game. Panathinaikos need to beware of their threat.

Key Players

Panathinaikos: Nikolaos Karelis

The young striker has had a good season so far, though his presence on the European stage is a bit subdued. Still as a well-built striker he can be a dangerous customer in the box. Estoril did keep him silent the last time these two teams met.

Estoril: Kleber

The Brazilian striker has scored once against Panathinaikos and caused some serious problems for the Greeks. This time around with no much pressure on him and the team to perform, there might be more to come from the 24 year old.

Betting Advice

Panathinaikos rightly start favourites to win this match, albeit by a fine margin. They are 2.3 with bet365 to triumph while BetVictor are offering 1.66 for less than 2.5 goals in the game and that is my recommendation in this one.