Handicap -16.5 : +16.5
This is a huge underestimation of the Trifunovic team in a knock out game for a place in the Greek Cup final against already progressed Panathinaikos.
Some of you may have read my comments about the condition the hosts are currently when i supported Aris mid week, and things have not changed in my mind even if Oly managed to register a hard fought win. Win which was actually the result of a surprisingly good 3rd QT, when young staff Printezis and Vasilopoulos showed why Oly can at least hope for something solid this year. I rate the return of Vasilopoulos as extremely critical for the future of this team, i belie he can be the linking part of this team especially in the defensive part which thus far is by far the problematic sector of Yiannakis team. Excluding some good character by the hosts in Thessaloniki, i thing pretty much Aris lost it and tonight's hosts are still nowhere close compared to what they hope they will be, exhibiting some problems also in the offense against tight and disciplined teams.
Such an opponent they have to face tonight, Panionios is slowly getting their rhythm after EL adventure that showed that they can't carry 2 troubles in their shoulders, even though against Kavala they could be better. They won after all, psychology is improving and what seems to be the deal is their willingness to start over from their defense (they allowed just 58 pts.) and Trifunovic has the necessary experience to capitalize on that. Full team tonight for the visitors and judging from their statements they will try to take advantage of the one-game factor, which usually adds some nervousness for the favourite.
Oly has to deal with its chemistry issues and tonight the absence of Bourousis is not helping since he is maybe the MVP for the hosts, usually he comes from the bench to contribute in scoring (with almost perfect statistics) and passion level. I thing he will be missed tonight, Oly has still some dead periods within the game and Bourousis is critical in eliminating those. All in all a task which in my eyes is not as easy to provide a handi so big for the hosts, Panionios is a well-balanced team that with gained EL experience and having nothing to lose can keep it close especially if make a good start. Solid 8 units for this one. GL!
Olympiacos vs Panionios betting tips summary
Pick Panionios +16.5
Stake 8 / 10
Bookmaker Pinnacle Sports