PAS Giannina vs Panathinaikos
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 10 February 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Someone could write a… small book for the two Cup quarterfinals between PAS Giannina and AEL Larissa. PAS traveled to Larissa midweek having lost the first leg at home, 2-1, they went 1-0 down early in the match, but equalised with their… practically exclusive scorer, Pedro Conde, and in the 82nd minute, the… not exactly unthinkable, but “highly improbable” happened; Conde scored again, sending the tie to extra time! There, AEL scored twice, shuttering Giannina’s dream of a historic comeback. PAS players were left lying on the pitch, unable to get in terms with what had happened. Somehow they ran out of steam in extra time, losing the game 3-2. PAS need to… dig deep to find a real motive to keep going in the remainder of the season. They are out of the Cup, and 12th in the Super League. They are not going to get relegated (insane things need to happen for them to get threatened), but finishing 5th (hoping for a Europa League ticket) feels almost equally improbable. Coach Petrakis needs to find ways to keep his players going, or else, they will look like a – bad – joke the last weeks of the season.
If you read all Super League previews, you’ll see that the news at all teams have to do with things happening on the pitch, victories, defeats, qualification for the Cup semis, elimination. In Panathinaikos’ case, the news is, “the players ask – again – to receive reliable information regarding when they will get paid”. If you follow the Super League previews and especially Panathinaikos’, I won’t blame you if you are tired of reading about their off the field problems. Even so, I have to keep mentioning them, first because they are the news at Panathinaikos, and second because there are new problems surfacing every single week. The debt to the players – who are left, since many departed in January – has reached a critical point, and right now there doesn’t seem to exist a source from which the club can find the money needed. They were hoping to get some money from Al Ain (to whom they sold Marcus Berg last summer), but for the time being, that money hasn’t been seen. Last week, the Greens were considered huge favourites to beat Panetolikos at home, but I backed the visitors to earn a draw, and they didn’t disappoint me, leaving Athens with a point (0-0).
Previous five matches:
AEL Larissa vs PAS Giannina 3-2
PAS Giannina vs PAOK 1-3
Panionios vs PAS Giannina 0-1
PAS Giannina vs AEL Larissa 1-2
PAS Giannina vs Atromitos 2-2
Panathinaikos vs Panetolikos 0-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs Panathinaikos 0-0
Panathinaikos vs Kerkyra 4-0
Levadiakos vs Panathinaikos 3-2
Panathinaikos vs Lamia 1-0
PAS Giannina’s next game is at Platanias, next Sunday, A day later, Panathinaikos will be visiting AEL Larissa (both Greece Super League matches).
PAS Giannina vs Panathinaikos: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Panathinaikos and two draws in the last five games between these two in Giannina. Two of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
PAS Giannina vs Panathinaikos: Prediction
PAS Giannina are considered relatively clear favourites to win the game, but… surprising even my own self, I’m actually backing Panathinaikos to earn at least a draw.
PAS Giannina vs Panathinaikos: Betting Tips
Panathinaikos’ double chance pays 1.50. Yes, sure, they have a… gazillion problems, but they are facing a team with their morale… broken to pieces after how their Cup match at AEL Larissa went midweek. Plus, Panathinaikos may have lost many important players these last weeks, but their roster remains… interesting, especially with players who arrived on loan. All things considered, I can see them leave Giannina undefeated. Draw though, at 3.00, feels more probable than a Panathinaikos win. A middle solution is to go for “both teams to score”, at 2.10, which suits my 1-1 hunch.
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