PAS Giannina vs Apollon Smyrnis
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 12 March 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Pause reading this match preview, and go search for Apostolos Skondras’ goal online, the one he scored last weekend, when PAS Giannina drew 1-1 at Kerkyra. It’s worth it. It’s a goal that even… Zlatan Ibrahimovic would applaud, and keep in mind that Skondras is a central defender(!). Giannina’s coach called that 1-1 “fair”, and I agree with him, looking back on how the whole game went, PAS got what they deserved, a single point. They are 9th, two points behind three teams that sort of share the 5th spot in the table, the last one that could lead to the Europa League qualifiers next season. Midweek, three players who missed the game at Kerkyra returned to training, but new problems came up, two guys felt sick (flu), and centre-forward Franck Betra hit his head and had to have stitches. Everyone should be available for the game though, even the last moment.
The most motivated team won last weekend when Apollon Smyrnis hosted Panetolikos. The visitors were flying from one good performance and positive result to another, but they… hit wall, as they found opposite them a team that absolutely needed to win, to keep their hopes of playing Super League football next season as well alive. Both Apollon’s coach and players admitted that they were… focused, if not obsessed, with earning all three points, not really caring about producing a pleasant to the eye spectacle. Who can blame them? Apollon are on 19 points, right below the relegation line, despite being level on points with Kerkyra. In the two games between them, Kerkyra did better, meaning that if they finish level at the end of the season, Apollon will be going down.
Previous five matches:
Kerkyra vs PAS Giannina 1-1
PAS Giannina vs Levadiakos 0-0
Platanias vs PAS Giannina 0-3
PAS Giannina vs Panathinaikos 2-1
AEL Larissa vs PAS Giannina 3-2
Apollon Smyrnis vs Panetolikos 2-1
Xanthi vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-0
Kerkyra vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-0
Apollon vs Levadiakos 1-1
Platanias vs Apollon 1-1
PAS Giannina’s next game is at Panetolikos, next weekend. Apollon Smyrnis will be hosting AEL Larissa (both Greece Super League matches).
PAS Giannina vs Apollon Smyrnis: Head to head Stats
PAS haven’t hosted Apollon since 2013. That game ended in a 2-0 PAS win. Before that, they hadn’t hosted them since 2004 (a 1-0 win for the hosts).
PAS Giannina vs Apollon Smyrnis: Prediction
There is no doubt that PAS Giannina have a better team, better players, plus, they are playing at home. They have a big motive as well, to boost their chances of a top 5 finish. All things considered, I expect the hosts to win.
PAS Giannina vs Apollon Smyrnis: Betting Tips
A simple PAS Giannina win pays 1.70. I would stay with that. If I risked with a special bet, that would be “PAS and under 2.5 goals”, at 3.30, expecting Apollon to make things really hard for the hosts. Lose, but not without making PAS players… go through hell before scoring.