Panionios vs Apollon Smyrnis
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 9 February 2019
Kick-off: 16:15 CET
Panionios took perfect advantage of the fact that PAOK… fell asleep after taking the lead in Nea Smirni on Wednesday, and from 0-1 down in the 58th minute, they went 2-1 up in added time. It was the first leg of a Greece Cup quarterfinal, that goal PAOK scored may make a big difference in the return leg in Thessaloniki, but for the time being, Panionios know they will travel north having an advantage. Small one, but an advantage nonetheless. This past week had more good news for them; Mexican central midfielder Pedro Arce was signed. The 27-year-old has played in Greece before, at Veria. He is back, at a bigger club, and at an age that couldn’t be any better to play the best football of his career.
It feels like every week that passes, Apollon Smyrnis hit a new low… They are going to get relegated, only a miracle can save them, but the way things are going, next season will find them not only in the Football League (second division), but also… at war. With whom? With themselves. The club issued a public statement soon after the final whistle last weekend, soon after losing 0-2 to Asteras Tripolis at home. It was against part of the fans, who booed the team, complaining for yet another defeat. They accused them of not being real Apollon fans, and they, in return, with their own public statement a day later, attacked the board of directors. It feels like Apollon are already in the middle of a… verbal civil war. On another note, two U20 team members got “promoted”, signing a contract as professionals.
Previous five matches:
Panionios vs PAOK 2-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Panionios 4-0
Panionios vs Asteras Tripolis 1-0
Panionios vs AEK Athens 0-2
Panionios vs PAS Giannina 2-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs Asteras Tripolis 0-2
Lamia vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-1
PAS Giannina vs Apollon Smyrnis 1-0
Atromitos vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-1
Apollon Smyrnis vs Levadiakos 0-0
Panionios are visiting Aris next weekend. Apollon will be hosting PAOK (both Super League matches).
Panionios vs Apollon Smyrnis: Head to head Stats
A year and a half ago, Panionios beat Apollon 2-0 at home. In 2013, they had beaten them 2-1. Before that, they hadn’t hosted them since 1999 (3-1).
Panionios vs Apollon Smyrnis: Prediction
Panionios played on Wednesday, a super demanding game… Will fatigue play a role in this? I’m not ruling that out.
Panionios vs Apollon Smyrnis: Betting Tips
Panionios are considered big favorites to win, with their victory paying less than 1.50. I prefer “under 1.5” at 2.63, doubting the game will have more than one goal. “Under 2.5 goals” is at just 1.53.