Lamia vs PAOK
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 17 February 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Seeing that a simple Panionios win last weekend was paying just 1.65, I suggested their win combined with “under 2.5 goals”, expecting Lamia to keep the score low, lose, but still keep the score low. It paid 3.00, as Lamia lost 1-0. Actually, the Super League newbies managed to keep the game at 0-0 until the 80th minute, and only conceded from the penalty spot. It was their third defeat in a row away from home, but all against top-5 teams, Olympiakos, AEK and Panionios. None of them managed to score more than twice against Lamia. They are 13th in the table, five points above Kerkyra, the first team below the relegation line. Earning promotion last season was a dream for Lamia, and they have proved that they have what it takes to spend at least another season in the Super League. At home, they had some… black holes, but that’s to be expected from a team who compete in the top division first time ever. All in all they have been a super tough nut to break.
Another week passed, another win for PAOK, their 14th(!) in a row (Cup matches included), another record broken, and, most of all, another proof that this season they finally have what it takes to go all the way. They beat AEL Larissa 3-0 last weekend at home, putting the game to bed before halftime. Prijovic’s goal seconds into the second half was just the cherry on top. The Serb/Swiss striker had served Shakhov for PAOK’s first goal, but it was Varela’s 2-0 just before half time that caught the biggest attention. It was his first Super League goal for PAOK, and he ran behind the goal to celebrate it with his son, one of the ball-boys. He then burst to tears, a very emotional moment for the central defender who has been magnificent this season. PAOK may be without Campos, who is dealing with an injury problem. Either way, they have the players, the roster, to cope with practically any player’s absence. They are leading in the table, two points above second-placed AEK, whom they still have to host. In other words, they are favourites to win the Super League title, for the first time since 1985(!). Important detail; the son of the president sent a public message to the team’s fans NOT to travel to Lamia, because they are afraid that they could get provoked, and that could lead to the club getting punished. It remains to be seen how “obedient” (and sensible) PAOK’s fans will prove to be.
Previous five matches:
Panionios vs Lamia 1-0
Lamia vs Panionios 1-4
Lamia vs Atromitos 1-1
AEK Athens vs Lamia 2-0
Panionios vs Lamia 1-0
PAOK vs AEL Larissa 3-0
Atromitos vs PAOK 1-3
PAS Giannina vs PAOK 1-3
Panetolikos vs PAOK 0-1
PAOK vs Atromitos 2-0
Lamia’s next game is at Panathinaikos, next Saturday. On Sunday, PAOK will be hosting Olympiakos, an absolutely mas-si-ve game for them.
Lamia vs PAOK: Head to head Stats
Lamia have never hosted PAOK before.
Lamia vs PAOK: Prediction
Without underestimating Lamia, I do expect PAOK to win, and most probably keep a clean sheet as well.
Lamia vs PAOK: Betting Tips
Last week I backed PAOK to win in a match that would have at least three goals. That paid 1.80, as they won 3-0. This time I’m going for “PAOK to win and keep a clean sheet”, at 1.80 betting odds, doubting Lamia’s ability to score past a defence that has conceded just eight goals in 21 Super League matches thus far this season.
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