Dynamo Moscow v Panathinaikos
November 27, 2014, Thu, 12:00pm
8/13 Dynamo Moscow Odds To Win
13/5 Draw To Win
5/1 Panathinaikos Odds to Win
Dynamo Moscow hosts Panathinaikos in the Europa League group E fifth round. The game is almost meaningless for the two teams: only Dynamo has something to fight for, but punters surely can get some profit with a good match analysis. Dynamo was impressive in this group: first place, 12 points … already qualified and probably from the first place, but they need a win today to make sure they finish first otherwise they will need a result in the last game away vs. PSV ,if PSV beats Estoril in this round. With qualification assured Dynamo will be free of worries today, they might make a couple of changes but nothing major is reported. They had big struggles in the last Europa League game beating Estoril with a late goal at home, but Dynamo is in very good form with 3 consecutive wins without conceding a goal even beating CSKA Moscow, and 3-0 vs Terek in the weekend.
Dynamo Moscow will be looking to keep their 100% record intact when they welcome struggling Panathinaikos side at Arena Khimki. The Greeks are sitting at the rock bottom of Group E and it remains to be seen if they are capable of making a surprise in the Russian capital. Over the last few transfer windows a lot of money has been pumped up into Dynamo Moscow squad, but they have been struggling to win the Russian Premier League title in previous seasons. However, thanks to a fourth-place finish in the 2013/2014 campaign the capital club secured their place in the Europa League group stages. Belo-golubye have been impressive in the European competition so far, with the team recording a win in each of their four fixtures and, as a result, Stanislav Cherchesov’s men are already through to the knockout stages. Dynamo Moscow are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they totally outplayed very strong Terek Grozni side in front of home fans at the weekend. Kevin Kuranyi scored a brace against the Chechens and the former Schalke forward is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Panathinaikos. Igor Denisov misses the match with a knee injury. Striker Kokorin should recover in time to face Panathinaikos. Aleksandar Tashaev remains in the recovery room. Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1)Gabulov ,Hubocan, Samba, Douglas, Zhirkov , Yusupov, Noboa Dzsudzsak, Kokorin, Valbuena , Kuranyi. Panathinaikos’ glory days are in the past. Oi Prasinoi have been trying to put an end to Olympiakos’ dominance in the Greek national championship, but unsuccessfully. PAO booked their place in the Europa League by beating Danish Side Midtjylland in the two-legged tie, but they have been struggling in the group stages of the European competition so far. The Greek side have picked up no more than one point from possible 12 and they have nothing to play for in Thursday’s clash against Dynamo Moscow. In their last Europa League fixture Yannis Anastasiou’s men were beaten by PSV (2-3) in front of home fans and I do not believe that they are capable of making life difficult for the big-spending Russian side at Arena Khimki. Panathinaikos, though, recorded a very important 2-1 win over PAOK in their last fixture in the national championship and that is surely giving their fans a reason for optimism ahead of the upcoming Europa League clash. Portuguese midfielder Zeca is a major doubt and he will be assessed on the match day, while Ajagun and Karelis are definitely out of contention with injury. Mladen Petric is likely to lead the attack for the visitors.