PAOK vs Lamia
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 15 October 2017
Kick-off: 15:00 CET
PAOK are historically a big team in Greece, under their Greek-Russian owner these last years they have been trying to challenge Olympiakos for the championship title, last season they won something, the Cup, last week they even announced plans to build a new stadium that could find them at the start of the 2020-21 season with the best football-specific stadium in the country, but in order to be called a really-REALLY big team on the pitch, they need to stop embarrassing themselves against “small” teams away from home. At Toumba, despite the fact that they’re playing without fans (they are banned for many games), they have six wins in as many matches in three competitions since the start of the season. Away from home, they MANAGED to get eliminated by Ostersunds in the Europa League, and they have already drawn at Olimpik Donetsk (in Kyiv, not Donetsk), Levadiakos, Apollon Smyrnis, and, two weeks ago, Larissa. That’s beyond ridiculous, they know it, it remains to be seen if they can do something about it, with the coach they have, and the players they have. Even at home, they have struggled in most of their games, scoring the winning goals from “rather late” to “late”.
Kudos to Lamia for their 1-0 win over Panionios two weeks ago, in a game that should have had at least three-four goals, but amazingly, the one and only was scored by a guy (Marko Blažić) who had scored just once in almost three and a half years(!). Fantastic goal, by the way. Powerful shot from outside the box, the goalkeeper was left watching the ball as it… rocketed towards the back of his net. Lamia have been so far one of the pleasant surprises in the Super League. The newly-promoted have done great even in games they lost (to Olympiakos and AEK), and in six matches, the only one in which they under-performed was against Atromitos. As I keep writing since the start of the season, despite their newly-promoted status, parking the bus is the only thing they don’t do. They play to win, they play positive football, trying to score, and this has made them several new friends in the country already.
Previous five matches:
AEL Larissa vs PAOK Salonica 1-1
PAOK vs PAS Giannina 1-0
PAOK vs Levadiakos 2-1
PAOK vs Panetolikos 1-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs PAOK 0-0
Lamia vs Panionios 1-0
Atromitos Athinon vs Lamia 3-0
AEK Athens vs Lamia 2-0
Lamia vs AEK Athens 0-1
Asteras Tripolis vs Lamia 1-3
PAOK’s next game is at Olympiakos, next Sunday. A day earlier, Lamia will be hosting Panathinaikos (both Greece Super League matches).
PAOK vs Lamia: Head to head Stats
PAOK have never hosted Lamia before.
PAOK vs Lamia: Prediction
I do expect PAOK to win, and given that Lamia are anything but obsessed with… destroying their games, parking a couple of buses in front of their goal, I expect the game to have three goals or more.
PAOK vs Lamia: Betting Tips
A simple PAOK win pays close to nothing, but combined with over 2.5 goals it actually goes up to a “kind of ok” 1.67. Pushing it a little bit, you could go for over 3.5 combined goals, at 2.45 betting odds.
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