Lamia vs PAS Giannina
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 10 March 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
What a season this turned out to be for Lamia… Sitting 9th in the Super League table after 23 game weeks, still active in the Cup having eliminated both Panathinaikos and Olympiakos(!), these are… good times at Lamia, but they know their job in the championship is not over yet. They are seven points ahead of 13th-placed PAS Giannina, which makes this a very-very important match. Last weekend, they drew with Levadiakos in Livadia, keeping them eight points behind them. A draw in this game would be a… comfortable result, and a win would pretty much secure them another season in the top division. They have stayed undefeated in their last six matches, Super League and Cup combined, and have lost just one of their last nine.
PAS Giannina’s president is in an… uncomfortable position, trying all sorts of things to save his team from getting relegated. A couple of days ago he visited the – Portuguese – man in charge of the referees in Greece, and expressed to him his club’s indignation, as they have been the victims of serious refereeing mistakes in several games. At the same time, he is trying to… keep a balance back home, between many people’s calls to hire a new coach, and his own trust in Giannis Petrakis, a man who has been in charge at PAS since January 2014. Same coach for five years, that’s a… lifetime by Greek standards. Right after their goalless draw with Xanthi at home last weekend, there were rumours that the president had finally lost his patience, and that it was a matter of a day or two before Petrakis lost his job. Come Friday, Petrakis was still in charge, and it looked like he had been given another chance by the president. Giannina are 13th in the table, on 21 points from 23 matches. Centre-back (and captain) Alexis Michail is out due to cards.
Previous five matches:
Levadiakos vs Lamia 1-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Lamia 0-1
Lamia vs AEL Larissa 2-1
OFI Crete vs Lamia 1-3
Xanthi vs Lamia 0-0
PAS Giannina vs Xanthi 0-0
Panetolikos vs PAS Giannina 1-0
PAS Giannina vs Atromitos 0-2
PAS Giannina vs Panathinaikos 1-0
Aris vs PAS Giannina 1-0
Lamia are visiting Asteras Tripolis next weekend. PAS will be hosting Larissa (both Super League matches).
Lamia vs PAS Giannina: Head to head Stats
A year ago, Lamia beat PAS 2-1 at home. Before that, they hadn’t hosted them since 2006.
Lamia vs PAS Giannina: Prediction
Anything can happen in a football game, this may turn out to be a… 3-3 orgy, but personally I expect a very boring game with… half a chance for each team, and no more than one goal, maximum.
Lamia vs PAS Giannina: Betting Tips
“Under 1.5” pays 2.25. Lamia’s double chance combined with “under 2.5 goals” is at 1.75.