PAOK vs Panionios
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 14 April 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
First things first; careful with the Super League table. Some websites have PAOK at 55 points, and leaders AEK at 57. As things stand now, AEK are at 60, and PAOK at 52, because the game between the two has been awarded to AEK (0-3), and PAOK also had three points deducted. Having written all that, stay… tuned, as PAOK made their case on Wednesday, when their appeal was discussed. They presented hours and hours of video footage from right outside the referees’ locker room, in which the ref is seen asking both teams to return to the pitch to continue with the last minute of regular time, plus added time. PAOK have been claiming since day one that the game never ended because AEK refused to return to the pitch, so they say all three points should be given to them, and of course the -3 should be scrapped. Crazy things, that may very well turn even crazier on Monday, when the decision on PAOK’s appeal is expected. The Thessaloniki side did their job two weeks ago at Atromitos, beating them 2-0, despite feeling that they had the championship title stolen from them.
Two weeks ago, Panionios hosted Xanthi, had their golden opportunity to overpass them in the table, but they got stuck to a goalless draw, staying two points behind them, 7th in the table. They are visiting PAOK again midweek, it will be the return leg of their Cup semifinal tie, but they have already lost 3-1 at home, so their chances of making it to the final are… close to zero. To play in the Europa League next season, they need to finish 5th, and hope that AEK don’t fail in their Cup semi against AEL Larissa, so that even the 5th spot in the Super League table gives a European ticket. Regardless of what happens with the 5th spot, the board of directors have already decided to… reboot, change A LOT in the roster, having gotten left anything but satisfied by how the team did this season. Defensive midfielder Manolis Siopis is out and will stay out until the end of the season. He got… tortured by a series of injuries, and it was decided to… give him a break, despite being important to the team.
Previous five matches:
Atromitos vs PAOK 0-2
PAOK vs AEK 0-3
Asteras Tripolis vs PAOK 3-2
Panionios vs PAOK 1-3
Lamia vs PAOK 0-2
Panionios vs Xanthi 0-0
Panionios vs Atromitos 2-2
AEK Athens vs Panionios 1-0
Panionios vs PAOK 1-3
Panionios vs Asteras Tripolis 0-0
Both teams’ next game is on Wednesday, another PAOK vs Panionios in Thessaloniki, the return leg of their Greece Cup semifinal.
PAOK vs Panionios: Head to head Stats
Four wins for PAOK and a goalless draw in the last five games between these two in Thessaloniki. Only one of those five matches had more than two goals.
PAOK vs Panionios: Prediction
Any other result but a – comfortable – PAOK victory will be a major-major shock.
PAOK vs Panionios: Betting Tips
A simple PAOK win pays close to nothing, 1.12. “Over 2.5 combined goals” feels very-very probable, and at 1.70, it’s… acceptable. Pushing it, I would risk with “over 3.5 goals”, at 2.60.
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