Handicap -5.0 : +5.0
Definitely the most important match of the day, both teams have been considered in the pre-league season as two of the most promising ones for this year. Common grounds here with both having 1 win after 2 rounds, they both made it last week against weaker opponents, PAOK win might hide some greater value since Trikala may be in 0-2 so far but it seems they are capable for some damage especially at home.
Despite their win, PAOK exhibited serious problems at least during the 3/4 of the game, with extremely poor defending and rebounding, inability to control the rhythm of the game and despite scoring a lot during the first half i cannot say i am convinced about their strategy or utilization plan of their strong weapons; they just faced a worse defense than theirs and when PAOK improved (and i have to say improved severely) in the defensive part they got an easy win in the end. This win however, cannot keep me relaxed or lead me to take PAOK against a team more organized with a clear vision to get such kind of games and pretty much in form as mainly demonstrated mid-week against Bonn (win by 15 in Germany for the visitors despite they didn't need this margin after a similar win in their court).
There is some criticism about Zouros tactics so far and the fact that Panellinios is still based a lot on Grundy even though this year they have a pretty full roster, but i cannot share these views; not onyl because its still early, but because no signs of that still, with players like Golemac, experienced Papamakarios and Kalaitzis and of course valuable Newlley providing solutions in every game so far. On the opposite its the fact that Grundy has not still found its rhythm that makes me lean for the visitors here, but taking the straight win is somewhat risky and the value is not clear at odds like 2,50. Handicap is more or less set at 3-3,5 for Panellinios, thus the offer of expekt is kind of nice at Panellinios losing with more than 5 points. U/O is also set correctly, odds are with the under in such games, but both teams have shown already they can be unpredictable in this respect even within a game that seems to end up easily the other way (look at the Trikala game or the game of Panellinios against Aris in the opening).
All in all, i reckon that Panellinios experience in Thessaloniki against Aris in the premiere will be valuable here, Panellinios was a disaster back then and they managed to be in the game till the end, so against a team with less experience and perhaps potential than Aris (not to mention the fact that PAOK is a new team) i cannot see why they cannot take their chances tonight. Medium staking advised.
P.A.O.K. vs Panellinios betting tips summary
Pick Panellinios +5
Stake 6 / 10
Bookmaker Pinnacle Sports