Panachaiki vs PAOK
Competition: Greece Cup
Date: 8 January 2019
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Out of the 16 teams left competing in the Cup this season, there are three that are not playing in the Super League, the top tier of Greek football. Panachaiki are one of those. They are sitting 6th in the Football League (second tier) table, dreaming of returning to the Super League next season. The Patra side used to be a regular in the top division, but early this century they fell to the second one, and have failed, since then, to make a comeback. Some years they simply didn’t have a good enough team. Other seasons, the biggest problems were off the field, and cost them dearly. Realistically, their chances of beating PAOK are very few, but the very fact that they left a Super League team out so as to be in the last 16 of the Cup, is already a victory for them.
PAOK finished 2018 not just leading in the Super League, but having built an eight-point gap between them and second-placed Olympiakos. Plus, the Piraeus side have to visit PAOK in Thessaloniki in the second round. Not everything is… dreamy at the Super League leaders camp, though; their top scorer, Aleksandar Prijovic, is out, having gotten convinced by Al-Ittihad’s money to move to Saudi Arabia. PAOK did their best to keep the Serbian striker, but they simply couldn’t match Al-Ittihad’s offer. Plus, there are five important players who are running out of contract the coming summer, and for different reasons, PAOK are yet to close those cases, despite the fact that on the record they want to keep all five. They leave me with the impression that… they are slowly taking their eyes out with their own hands, maybe getting somewhat complacent, seeing things go super well for them in the championship.
Previous five matches:
Panachaiki vs Trikala 2-1
Ergotelis vs Panachaiki 2-1
Panachaiki vs Levadiakos 2-1
Kissamikos vs Panachaiki 0-0
Panachaiki vs Apollon Pontou 1-1
Aittitos Spata vs PAOK 0-6
Levadiakos vs PAOK 1-2
PAOK vs BATE 1-3
PAOK vs AEL Larissa 2-1
Lamia vs PAOK 0-1
Panachaiki’s next game is at Volos NFC. The coming weekend (Football League). PAOK will be hosting PAS Giannina (Super League).
Panachaiki vs PAOK: Head to head Stats
Panachaiki haven’t hosted PAOK since 2003; that game ended in a 2-2 draw. Amazingly, a year earlier, the game between these two in Patra had ended 3-3(!).
Panachaiki vs PAOK: Prediction
PAOK are considered huge favorites to win the game, but first, they haven’t played since December 20, second, they are playing away from home against a super enthusiastic rival, and third, this is the first of two legs…
Panachaiki vs PAOK: Betting Tips
I prefer to bet on goals, not on PAOK’s win. “Both teams to score” is at 3.50(!), which I find awesome, counting on the hosts to score, but not win the game.