Kerkyra vs PAS Giannina
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 3 March 2018
Kick-off: 16:15 CET
Last weekend I bet against Kerkyra, I suggested Panetolikos’ win, but the Corfu side did… better than what I expected, losing “only” 1-0. Panetolikos have been on the rise for weeks now, so if I were a Kerkyra fan I wouldn’t hold that 1-0 against my team’s players. Before traveling to Agrinio, Kerkyra had earned four points in two matches, including three massive ones against Apollon, their biggest rival in the fight to avoid relegation. Kerkyra issued a statement accusing the referee of the game at Panetolikos of influencing the result of the match. They have set the price of the tickets at just 5 euros, hoping to attract to the stadium as many fans as possible, as every single game until the end of the season will be a… final for them. Defensive midfielders Balafas and Siontis are back having served their yellow-cards ban. Left winger Denis Epstein is out due to cards though, a blow to Kerkyra, and centre-forward Thuram is injured, so the hosts’ chances of scoring look… limited.
PAS Giannina got stuck to a… frustrating goalless draw at home last weekend against Levadiakos, with their coach saying after the match that the visitors used all sorts of dirty tricks to earn that draw. He accused them of wasting time in every single opportunity, which was “unfair” of their part, at least according to the PAS Giannina coach. Left-back Cikarski, right winger Soltani and centre-forward Hellquist missed Thursday’s training session, all three facing different injury issues. Up until 48 hours before kick-off, their presence in this game was a doubt, even though deep down all three were expected to travel with the group to Corfu, and try be ready even just a couple of hours before kick-off. PAS are 8th in the table, with real chances of earning a UEFA Europa League ticket. Fifth-placed Xanthi and Panionios have three points more than them, and 7th-placed Panathinaikos sort of… don’t matter, because they are expected to get banned by UEFA for a season, so even if they win a European ticket, they won’t be able to use it.
Previous five matches:
Panetolikos vs Kerkyra 1-0
Kerkyra vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-0
Xanthi vs Kerkyra 1-1
Levadiakos vs Kerkyra 2-0
Kerkyra vs Platanias 2-0
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
PAS Giannina vs PAOK 1-3
Kerkyra’s next game is at Larissa, next weekend. PAS will be hosting Apollon Smyrnis (both Greece Super League matches).
Kerkyra vs PAS Giannina: Head to head Stats
One win for Kerkyra, two for PAS, and two draws, in the last five games between these two in Corfu. Two of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Kerkyra vs PAS Giannina: Prediction
Both teams have huge motive, different one, but huge. The difference is that PAS have a much better team. I expect them to earn at least a draw, despite seeing Kerkyra be considered rather clear favourites to win.
Kerkyra vs PAS Giannina: Betting Tips
PAS Giannina’s double chance pays 1.50. Their win in “draw no bet” is at 1.93 betting odds. If you find “Pedro Conde to score anytime” (3.75), take it.