PAS Giannina vs Iraklis
Competition: Greek Super League
Date: 9 April 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Four draws and two losses since mid February. This has been Giannina’s record lately. Worst of all, against Veria on Wednesday, they allowed a big blow to their prestige, losing 3-0, and generally looking like the only thing they cared about was time to pass and empty the field. Against Iraklis they will be without their best player, Pedro Conde, who has reached the cards limit. Brazilian striker Jairo is back from injury though, and attacking midfielder Maboulou is also back, after spending weeks in France, having secured a leave from the club. After being away for so long, only coach Petrakis knows if he counts on him playing before the end of the season or not.
Huge, huge, huge win for Iraklis on Wednesday at home against Levadiakos, a win that kept them alive in the fight to avoid relegation. The historic Thessaloniki team have two wins in a row for the first time since February 2016. Coach Pantelidis and his players keep doing their job without getting paid, having no idea when they will receive any money, fearing that the team could still be relegated even if they finish above the relegation line (because of their financial troubles), and all these make their fight even more admirable. Against Giannina, if they show the same determination as in every single game of theirs the last two months, they can hope for the hosts to make things a little easier for them, by sowing the same ‘so what?’ attitude they had on Wednesday at Veria.
PAS Giannina vs Iraklis: Head-to-head Stats
Their October 2015 clash at Giannina ended in a 2-2 draw. Before that, the last time they had played in the Super League was in 2009, and Iraklis had left the field victorious, 2-3.
PAS Giannina vs Iraklis: Prediction
Betting companies consider Iraklis slight favourites to win this game, which is totally understandable, knowing how Giannina played a few days ago at Veria, another team that are struggling to avoid relegation. No offense meant towards Iraklis, but if this game was played earlier in the season, they would have close to zero chances to win. Given though that we are just three games before the end, anything can happen, and backing Iraklis to win, under the circumstances, does make sense.
PAS Giannina vs Iraklis: Tips
It’s indifference(?) against enthusiasm, so an Iraklis win at almost 2.50 is something definitely worth considering. I suggest you leave goals aside. After that Kerkyra 0v3 Iraklis earlier in April, and that Veria 3v0 Giannina on Wednesday, all scoring logic was lost, since suddenly teams that couldn’t hardly create a scoring chance, started finding the back of the net as if they were in practice, without goalkeepers.
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