Kerkyra vs Panionios
Competition: Greek Super League
Date: 23 April 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Four straight losses, total score 0-14, humiliating defeats at Veria and at home against Iraklis, no wonder coach Grigoriou resigned, no wonder the board of Kerkyra’s executives… welcomed his resignation, right after their latest loss, that 5-0 at AEK, before the Easter break. At Kerkyra they are looking for a new coach, but they are in no hurry, since either way there are only two games left this season, and the team have lost… interest in the Championship weeks ago. Coach Christoforakis, Grigoriou’s temporary replacement, has all his players at his disposal, but that doesn’t say much, given how poor Kerkyra’s roster is, and how indifferent they have seemed for over a month now.
Panionios have won only one of their last four games, this could be seen as a sign of… slowing down, but that’s only one side of the coin. Two of those four games were at PAOK and Panathinaikos, Panionios lost both, and they also drew at home against Platanias, one of the season’s pleasant surprises in Greece. So, these last four games were not exactly expected to be… walks in the park for Panionios, to start with. Very bad news for the visitors came a few days ago when French centre-forward N’Gog got seriously injured in training, and will be sidelined for months. Panionios are sitting third in the table, but if they don’t pick up a few more points they could end up fifth, and start the play-offs’ mini-league with a disadvantage over PAOK, Panathinaikos, and -most probably- AEK.
Kerkyra vs Panionios: Head-to-head Stats
Kerkyra beat Panionios the last two times they hosted them, in 2013 and 2014.
Kerkyra vs Panionios: Prediction
I feel Panionios are lucky to be playing against Kerkyra at this stage of the Championship. They need to bounce back after their latest negative results, and a game against Kerkyra is really the best they could hope for, given how ridiculously indifferent the hosts have looked in their last four league matches. I expect Panionios to win.
Kerkyra vs Panionios: Tips
A Panionios win pays 1.75, good enough for me. Given how pathetic Kerkyra have been both offensively and defensively in their last four games, I would go for a Panionios win combined with a clean sheet (but not in an over 2.5 goals game, I would avoid that), something that pays much better than a simple Panionios win.