PAS Giannina vs Aris
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 22 September 2018
Kick-off: 19:30 CET
PAS Giannina need someone to score the goals Pedro Conde did last season and the season before that, with the Spaniard gone (he got transferred to an Arab club last month) there was a big gap left at PAS’ offensive line, and seems like Jean-Baptiste Leo is determined to be their… “next big thing”. The 22-year-old Frenchman debuted last weekend at Apollon Smyrnis and scored an awesome goal, playing his part in Giannina’s 1-2 win, their first this season. Plus, they have Stefanos Athanasiadis on board, a former PAOK player, who, if he regains his top form, will be a big hit in the league. PAS are on three points from as many games, but all three were away from home, and the first two were against AEK Athens and Olympiakos Piraeus, so… you’ve got to give them a break.
Wow… There are five teams in the Super League that have all three matches thus far, and newly-promoted Aris are among them(!). Truth is, the teams they faced are not among the best ones in the country, but that doesn’t take anything away from Aris’ big success to have 3X3 thus far. What makes their nine points even more… “wow”, is their total score, 7-0(!). Last weekend they beat Levadiakos 2-0 at home, a full house, big day for them, return to their “Kleanthis Vikelidis” for a Super League game. Two weeks earlier they had “hosted” AEL Larissa at Kaftanzoglio stadium, still in Thessaloniki, but not their real home. Coach Paco Herrera asked his players to focus on their game in Giannina, leaving aside their upcoming clash with PAOK at Toumba, on Wednesday, in the Cup.
Previous five matches:
Apollon Smyrnis vs PAS Giannina 1-2
Olympiakos Piraeus vs PAS Giannina 5-0
AEK Athens vs PAS Giannina 2-0
Aris vs PAS Giannina 0-0
Panetolikos vs PAS Giannina 2-1
Aris vs Levadiakos 2-0
Aris vs AEL Larissa 2-0
Lamia vs Aris 0-3
Aris vs PAS Giannina 0-0
Xanthi vs Aris 0-1
Both teams have Cup matches midweek, PAS against Atromitos, and Aris versus PAOK.
PAS Giannina vs Aris: Head to head Stats
PAS Giannina hosted Aris twice in 2013, and beat them both times, 2-1 and 2-0.
PAS Giannina vs Aris: Prediction
Super interesting game, open to any result, I reckon.
PAS Giannina vs Aris: Betting Tips
Aris are yet to concede, but I expect this to change in this match. “Both teams to score”, at 2.00, is my main tip. Combined with “over 2.5 goals”, it pays an even better 2.75.