Lamia vs PAOK
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 3 December 2018
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Lamia visited Panionios last weekend having lost just one of their last nine matches, a 2-1 at AEK, a game in which they took the lead and lost only because of two late-late goals. They lost in Nea Smirni a week ago, but again, they showed that they are a competitive side, and that no one has a carefree two-hour walk in the park with them. They are 11th in the table, on 11 points from as many games. They have more draws than any other Super League team, five, another detail that shows what a tough nut to break they are. At home, they have three draws and one win in their last four Super League matches. It’s interesting that in five, in total, home games this season, they have scored five goals, and three of those were in the same match, their 3-2 win over Levadiakos.
PAOK’s mission in London against Chelsea on Thursday was either way going to be very-very tough. Léo Matos’ mistake in the 7th minute, returning the ball carelessly to his teammate Yevgen Khacheridi, who ended up fouling Olivier Giroud and seeing a direct red card, left PAOK practically doomed to suffer what he did suffer, a heavy defeat. They lost 4-0, but thankfully for them, BATE had beaten MOL Vidi in Belarus a bit earlier. What that meant, was that PAOK will be in the last-32 of the Europa League if they beat BATE at home in 10 days, as long as Chelsea don’t drop points at MOL Vidi. The Super League has been a totally different case; 11 matches, 10 wins, one draw, no defeat, four-point lead over second-placed Atromitos, who got stuck to an unbelievable 1-1 draw at Apollon Smyrnis on Saturday, six-point lead over third-placed Olympiakos. Razvan Lucescu has all his players at his disposal, not a single PAOK player is injured or suspended.
Previous five matches:
Panionios vs Lamia 1-0
Lamia vs Asteras Tripolis 0-0
PAS Giannina vs Lamia 0-0
Lamia vs Volos NFC 1-1
Lamia vs Levadiakos 3-2
Chelsea vs PAOK 4-0
PAOK vs Xanthi 2-0
Ergotelis vs PAOK 1-2
PAOK vs Panetolikos 2-1
MOL Vidi vs PAOK 1-0
Lamia are visiting AEK next weekend. PAOK will be hosting AEL Larissa (both Super League matches).
Lamia vs PAOK: Head to head Stats
Lamia hosted PAOK first time ever back in February, this year, and lost 0-2.
Lamia vs PAOK: Prediction
Lamia are a tough nut to break, but even so, I expect PAOK to find the way to score that one goal they need to beat their hosts. Lamia haven’t scored in their last three matches, and PAOK have the best defense in the league, having conceded just four goals in 11 matches.
Lamia vs PAOK: Betting Tips
A simple PAOK win pays little, 1.40. Combined with a clean sheet, that goes up to 1.83.