PAS Giannina vs AEK Athens
Competition: Greek Super League
Date: 30 April 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Two ‘unacceptable’ defeats to Veria and Iraklis were followed last weekend by a third defeat to Olympiakos, to dampen Giannina’s spirit even more. In this game, PAS will be without their leading scorer Pedro Conde, centre-backs Themistoklis Tzimopoulos and Theodoros Berios, and another defender, Giannis Skondras, limiting even further their chances to finish the season with a positive result. Giannina have four defeats and four draws in their last eight matches, they haven’t won since February 18, they have kept just one clean sheet since then, and they will really need to perform a small football miracle to get something from this game against a very strong AEK.
AEK lost on Wednesday to Olympiakos, but that 1-0 defeat at home didn’t cost them the ticket to the Cup final, since they had won at Olympiakos 2-1 in the first leg. Centre-back Vasilis Lampropoulos is suspended (seriously injured as well, will stay sidelined for months), left-back Didac Vila and centre-back Ognjen Vranjes have been training separately for some days now due to minor injuries and are unavailable, plus, attacking midfielder Christos Aravidis got injured during practice on Friday, and he too will miss this game. AEK want all three points so as to start the play-offs from the best position possible. Before their defeat to Olympiakos, they had six wins in their previous seven matches.
PAS Giannina vs AEK Athens: Head-to-head Stats
Last season AEK beat PAS 2-0 at Giannina, but earlier this season they were held at a surprise 1-1 draw in Athens.
PAS Giannina vs AEK Athens: Prediction
AEK are a much better team, and one way or another they should come out winners. They are missing some players, but so are PAS. The difference is that AEK have the roster to cope with 3-4 missing players, while PAS don’t have the luxury to substitute players like Pedro Conde for example, their most productive -offensively- guy.
PAS Giannina vs AEK Athens: Tips
AEK’s win is at 1.66, which is not really very satisfying, but… it is what it is. Between an over 2.5 goals game and a clean sheet, I’m going with an AEK win combined with a clean sheet, because Conde’s absence really-really limits Giannina’s chances to score. AEK to win and keep a clean sheet is at 2.62.