PAS Giannina vs Apollon Smyrnis
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 26 January 2019
Kick-off: 16:15 CET
PAS Giannina’s coach, Giannis Petrakis, told reporters after his team’s 2-0 defeat at Panionios midweek, in the Cup, that they wanted to qualify for the quarterfinals, and that things would have been different if PAS had made their – few – scoring chances really count, but… truth is, Giannina lost 2-0 to an opponent that didn’t even need to… sweat too much. It felt like Panionios won and qualified without stepping on it, and that’s not good for PAS. Last weekend they lost 1-2 at home to Olympiakos, getting stuck to 14 points. Both OFI and Lamia won their games, and leapfrogged PAS in the table. The Giannina side are now third-to-last. I’m risking a guess, if PAS don’t beat Apollon Smyrnis, the weakest team in the league, Petrakis will be unemployed a couple of hours after the final whistle. He has spent years at PAS, but the president’s patience has almost run out, as the team have been doing very-very badly since the start of the season.
Apollon Smyrnis have gotten… used to bad weeks. Last weekend they drew without goals at home, with Levadiakos, a horrible result, given that they were de-spe-ra-te for all three points. Midweek, no surprise, they lost to Atromitos 2-1, in the Cup, and got eliminated. Stuck at the bottom of the Super League table, on six points from 16 matches, it really feels… hopeless. Their president… lost it last weekend, used some really foul language talking to the referee of their goalless draw with Levadiakos, and was handed with a one-month ban, he can’t enter a stadium for four weeks.
Previous five matches:
Panionios vs PAS Giannina 2-0
PAS Giannina vs Olympiakos Piraeus 1-2
PAS Giannina vs AEK Athens 0-4
PAS Giannina vs Panionios 1-1
Iraklis vs PAS Giannina 2-0
Atromitos vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-1
Apollon Smyrnis vs Levadiakos 0-0
AEL Larissa vs Apollon Smyrnis 3-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs Atromitos 0-3
Trikala vs Apollon Smyrnis 1-1
PAS Giannina are visiting PAOK on Wednesday. Same day, Apollon will be visiting Lamia (both Super League matches).
PAS Giannina vs Apollon Smyrnis: Head to head Stats
Last April, Apollon won 0-1 in Giannina. Back in 2013, the hosts had won 2-0. Before that, they hadn’t hosted Apollon since 2004.
PAS Giannina vs Apollon Smyrnis: Prediction
PAS have been a major disappointment since the start of the season, but I simply can’t imagine them not winning this game.
PAS Giannina vs Apollon Smyrnis: Betting Tips
A simple PAS win pays 1.48. Combined with “over 1.5”, that goes up to 2.05. The hosts’ win combined with a clean sheet pays exactly the same, 2.05, but I don’t trust their defense.