PAOK vs Panathinaikos
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 10 December 2017
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Huge news for PAOK, they finally won away from home (excluding a Cup win over a lowly opponent), 3-0 at Xanthi last weekend, even though some… doubters in Greece were quick to point out that PAOK’s victory on the road came in the northern half of the country, and not in Athens or anywhere else in the south, where the Thessaloniki team have been very poor thus far this season. Their win last weekend was paying just over 1.60, I thought it was too low, considering that Xanthi had been doing well lately, and are, generally, a decent team, so I suggested combining “over 2.5 goals” as well, pushing PAOK’s victory to 3.10. Two of their three goals were… partially gifted by Xanthi’s goalkeeper, but PAOK had other chances as well, and generally ruled on the pitch for 90 minutes. Other huge news for PAOK is that they are hosting Panathinaikos with fans in the stadium!! The two exclamation marks have to do with the fact that PAOK had been banned after “things” some of their “fans” did in the Greece Cup final last season, they’ve played all their home games thus far this season behind closed doors, but their ban is finally over. Don’t be surprised if they get banned again though, during the season, as some of their fans have haystack in their head, instead of brain (it’s a Greek expression, saved for people who do stupid things).
Panathinaikos were considered huge favorites to beat Panionios last weekend at home, the visitors’ double chance was at a very satisfying (especially for a double chance) 2.25, and that was my suggestion, taking, definitely, a big risk. It paid off, as Panathinaikos lost 1-0, a game, though, in which they deserved a point, maybe, given how many chances they lost, almost as many as Panionios. This last week, more problems surfaced, casting further doubts on where will the team be right after the short winter break. The players rejected the solution presented to them by the temporary board of directors regarding the money that is owed to them, plus, new players filed cases against the club for money owed to them, going that far as to ask for points to be deducted from the team, in case the club don’t pay up. Moledo will most probably leave during the winter break (to play for Internacional of Porto Alegre), Chavez does not seem willing to return to the team, so… it’s really… depressing at the moment, putting yourself in the shoes of a Panathinaikos fan. The “Greens” are 9th in the table, and given how things are (and seem likely to stay for a long time), finishing anywhere near the top-4 looks practically impossible.
Previous five matches:
Xanthi vs PAOK 0-3
Aiginiakos vs PAOK 0-5
Panionios vs PAOK 2-2
PAOK vs Atromitos 2-1
AEK vs PAOK 1-0
Panathinaikos vs Panionios 0-1
Panachaiki vs Panathinaikos 1-1
Atromitos vs Panathinaikos 1-1
Panathinaikos vs AEK Athens 1-1
Asteras vs Panathinaikos 1-0
PAOK’s next game is at Platanias, next Saturday. A day later, Panathinaikos will be visiting Xanthi (both Greece Super League matches).
PAOK vs Panathinaikos: Head to head Stats
Three wins for PAOK, one for Panathinaikos, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Thessaloniki. Four of those five games went over 2.5 goals.
PAOK vs Panathinaikos: Prediction
If you’re not Greek, reading that “PAOK players are hosting Panathinaikos with their back against the wall” must look… extreme, inexplicable, but, trust me, it does feel like that, for one specific reason; the average PAOK fan, right now, feels that his team’s players are… spoiled, which is kind of true. They have some of the best contracts in Greece, and, unlike many other players in the country, they get paid on time, which has been the case for some years now, ever since Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savidis took charge. If they, well-paid, on-time paid players, fail to beat a team consisted of guys who haven’t seen new money coming into their bank accounts for some time now, being unsure about their future, theirs and their families’, they will have an extremely hard time leaving the stadium, and that will probably happen only hours after the final whistle, once the police will have managed to disperse the crowd outside the stadium’s main gate.
PAOK vs Panathinaikos: Betting Tips
I c-a-n-n-o-t imagine PAOK not winning this game, but their 1.42 is too low. To make their win worth it, I’d definitely combine it with “over 2.5 goals”. This way, it pays a good 2.55. “Over 2.5 goals” alone is at 2.25, but it’d be one of the shocks of the season, the way I see it, if the score went that high and PAOK didn’t win, that’s why I insist on combining it with the hosts’ victory.