Panionios vs Asteras Tripolis
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 30 January 2019
Kick-off: 14:00 CET
Panionios’ mission against AEK last weekend was either way going to be very tough, their visitors started 2019 with their foot on the gas, but what happened in the 14th minute made the Nea Smirni side’s mission even tougher; an AEK player scored after… receiving the ball with his right hand. Watch the highlights, see how obvious the handball was, and then be left astounded knowing that an “expert” on national Greek TV, commenting on the game, said that the goal was perfectly legitimate(!). Panionios stayed in the game until added time, when they conceded again, to lose 0-2. That wasn’t all; defensive midfielder Abdoulaye Keita got seriously injured, had to get substituted, and Monday morning it was made known that he will miss the remainder of the season. Panionios fell 10th in the table, on 19 points from 17 matches.
Giorgos Paraschos, Asteras Tripolis’ coach, was… rather relieved at the end of the match against Olympiakos last weekend, despite the 0-2 defeat. He told reporters he is very optimistic about Asteras’ season, what is left of it, now that the really tough games are behind them. Truth is, the… sequence of matches was the worst possible; Asteras’ first three Super League matches in 2019 were against leaders PAOK, third-placed AEK, and second-placed Olympiakos. They lost all three by a total score of 0-8, but they did qualify for the quarterfinals of the Cup, eliminating Larissa after two thrilling matches. Asteras are just 11th in the table, on 18 points, but they have reasons to believe that in a month from now they will be considerably higher, and most probably in the Cup semifinals (they are facing a second division team in the quarterfinals).
Previous five matches:
Panionios vs AEK Athens 0-2
Panionios vs PAS Giannina 2-0
PAOK vs Panionios 3-0
OFI Crete vs Panionios 1-1
PAS Giannina vs Panionios 1-1
Asteras Tripolis vs Olympiakos Piraeus 0-2
Asteras Tripolis vs AEL Larissa 5-3
AEK Athens vs Asteras Tripolis 3-0
Asteras Tripolis vs PAOK 0-3
AEL Larissa vs Asteras Tripolis 3-2
Panionios’ next game is at Olympiakos, on Saturday. A day later, Asteras will be visiting Apollon Smyrnis (both Super League matches).
Panionios vs Asteras Tripolis: Head to head Stats
Three Panionios wins and two draws in the last five games between these two in Nea Smirni.
Panionios vs Asteras Tripolis: Prediction
The hosts are considered slight favorites to win the game. I prefer to bet on goals instead.
Panionios vs Asteras Tripolis: Betting Tips
“Both teams to score”, at 2.05, is my main tip. Both Panionios and Asteras failed, recently, to score against the “big three” (PAOK, Olympiakos, AEK), but in other matches, they both scored and conceded. “Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals” pays 2.85.