Panetolikos take on the visitors Lamia at the Panetolikos Stadium in the 4th tour of the Super League Greece. The match will be played in Agrinio on Monday, September 24th.
Last season Panetolikos placed eighth in the Super League Greece as a tough middle team. They rarely had any problems playing against the outsiders winning three times and drawing once. For example, the team of Traianos Dellas beat Lamia with a 1-0 score at the Panetolikos Stadium last season. It`s worth noting that now Panetolikos are even stronger than they were a year ago. The team was enhanced with lots of new solid footballers last summer. Even though in the first tour of the 2018/2019 Super League Greece season they had lost to Atromitos with a 1-2 score they rehabilitated then beating OFI Crete with a 2-1 score in the second tour and drawing against Xanthi with a 1-1 score in the third one. Panetolikos have been scoring one goal a match at least so far this season which has been very important. They are likely to score some goals in the upcoming fixture too because Lamia are not that good in the defense. Furthermore, the offensive line of Lamia is not great too so the team of Traianos Dellas can expect to concede zero goals on Monday. In their last three matches before the start of the new season Panetolikos beat Giannina with a 2-1 score, the same Giannina with a 1-0 score and lost to Asteras Tripolis with a 0-2 score.
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The 2018/2019 Super League Greece season is the second straight season in the most prestigious Greek football league for Lamia. Last season they were able to save themselves in the league. The Cyan-Whites have done multiple changes in the squad since then though. A lot of new players have come to the team replacing the old players who have left. Lamia has been failing the start of the new season so far most likely exactly because of that. They lost their last three fixtures straight and will probably lose the upcoming one too. Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Noe Acosta, Christos Koukolis, Dimitrios Koutromanos, Athanasios Panteliadis, Alexandros Karagiannis, Piti, Nikolaos Anastasopoulos, Wanderson and Suleiman Omo all left the team last summer. All those departures were serious hits for Lamia especially considering they were a new team to the Super League Greece. It`s worth noting that the new players are not as good as those who left Lamia last summer. Furthermore, the coach of the team Babis Tennes who had saved them in the league left the club last summer. Overall, the Cyan-Whites have been looking weaker lately because of all of those factors. In their last three Super League Greece fixtures they lost all of them with an overall 1-7 score even though the schedule was not that tough. Furthermore, one of their key players Elini Dimoutsos got the red card from the referee last tour which was another hit for the team. In their last three matches overall Lamia lost to Atromitos with a 0-1 score, beat Apollon Larissa with a 3-1 score in a friendly fixture and lost to Panathinaikos with a 1-3 score.
The difference in levels of teamwork between Panetolikos and Lamia is huge at the moment. The hosting side is likely to secure their middle team spot in the table this season once again getting the needed points against the outsiders. Lamia on the other hand is going to fight for surviving in the league. No doubt Panetolikos should get the three points in the upcoming fixture.
Prediction for the match: Panetolikos to win.