Panionios vs PAOK
Competition: Greece Cup
Date: 28 February 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Asteras Tripolis’ double chance at 1.85 was my only tip last weekend when Panionios hosted them, and the game ended in a goalless draw, with Panionios’ coach admitting that his team were rather lucky not to lose. Grigoriou also said that his players seemed to have PAOK on their mind, looking distracted during the game against Asteras Tripolis. Panionios are now sixth in the Super League table, level on points with 5th-placed Xanthi. Grigoriou cannot count on four players, three very important, and two extra important. Lamprou, Durmishaj, Siopis and Tasoulis are all unavailable, with the first three having played in most Super League matches this season. Panionios hosted PAOK in the Super League back in November. They drew 2-2, the only one of PAOK’s last 17 games that they didn’t win(!).
Someone could write a whole book, not just a small paragraph, about what happened at Toumba Stadium on Sunday. The super derby between PAOK and Olympiakos was about to start, when Olympiakos’ coach was hit by a roll of paper. He acted like he had gotten hit with a bullet, holding his head. Olympiakos officials found an awesome opportunity to leave the pitch, never to return. When Garcia left the stadium, he just had a piece of cotton hiding a part of his lips (earlier, Olympiakos had claimed he was hit on the eye, but that was far from true). He spent the night at a hospital(!), when he claimed he felt dizzy. Monday morning he left the hospital, wearing a collar around his neck(!!!). So, in about 12 hours, his life-threatening(…) injury had… moved from the eye to the lips, and then further down to his neck. No matter what, an object did hit Garcia, and the rules are the rules, PAOK have to be held accountable. But from that, to leaving the pitch like cowards, claiming all three points and expecting the hosts to have more points deducted, there is a huge gap. Needless to write, PAOK players were left furious seeing their Olympiakos counterparts leave the pitch and then the stadium altogether. It remains to be seen if they can, mentally, leave Sunday’s ridiculous events behind them, at least temporarily, and focus on this Cup semifinal. It’s fantastic for PAOK that this is just the first leg, and they have the return one at home. It gives them time to… recover, mentally, even if they don’t do well in the first leg.
Previous five matches:
Panionios vs Asteras Tripolis 0-0
Olympiakos vs Panionios 1-0
Panionios vs Lamia 1-0
Lamia vs Panionios 1-4
AEL Larissa vs Panionios 0-0
Lamia vs PAOK 0-2
PAOK vs AEL Larissa 3-0
Atromitos vs PAOK 1-3
PAS Giannina vs PAOK 1-3
Panetolikos vs PAOK 0-1
Panionios’ next game is at AEK Athens, on Sunday. Same day, PAOK will be visiting Asteras Tripolis (both Greece Super League matches).
Panionios vs PAOK: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Panionios, two for PAOK, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Nea Smirni. Two of those five matches had four goals each.
Panionios vs PAOK: Prediction
PAOK are considered favourites to win. Even a draw with goals would be a good results for them, but despite what happened on Sunday, I believe in them, I do expect them to win.
Panionios vs PAOK: Betting Tips
PAOK’s win pays 1.95. I consider it good enough to avoid risking further with special bets.
More Greece Cup betting tips and match previews:
- AEL Larissa vs AEK Athens