Veria vs PAS Giannina
Competition: Greek Super League
Date: 5 April 2017
Kick-off: 16:15 CET
After their home win against Kerkyra three weeks ago, Veria thought they really had a shot in avoiding relegation, but A) Kerkyra lost with their hands down to Iraklis as well, last weekend, and B) Veria themselves lost the ‘final’ at Levadiakos on Saturday, a six-point game, which has practically doomed Veria. To make matters worse, Mexican midfielder Arce got injured, and will miss the remainder of the season. Veria find themselves in a truly pitiful position, and the fact that they’re playing against a very tough team, is not making things any easier for them.
Giannina’s collapse after their 1-0 home win over Panionios on January 18 has been nothing less than spectacular. In their last 12 games, two Cup matches included, they have just one win, and that was at home, against a very weak Kerkyra side. They have four draws in a row, and last weekend they needed a last-minute goal by Brazilian striker Jairo to avoid defeat, hosting Xanthi. What’s ironic is that Jairo will be missing from this game because he has reached the cards limit. Experienced defender Tzimopoulos is out due to cards as well (even though he is also injured). Giannina have been doing so below-average for so long, that… not even against Veria can someone trust them with all his heart to win.
Veria vs PAS Giannina: Head-to-head Stats
Since 2012, Veria have two wins at home against PAS, and two more games have ended in a draw.
Veria vs PAS Giannina: Prediction
Sure, Veria are… weaker than weak, they have lost nine of their last ten Super League games, and the one they won was against a Kerkyra side that spent those 90 minutes looking like they had no real interest to play. Even so, Giannina have been so mediocre for so long, that it’s hard to trust them to win. The fact that Veria’s win, THIS Veria’s win, pays 2.40, because the hosts are considered favourites by betting companies to take all three points, gives you an idea of how ‘weird’ this game is. Will Giannina dress up like Kerkyra and let Veria win, so as to keep hoping for a miracle that will keep them in the Super League? I say no, I expect Giannina to play to win, but I wouldn’t blame any of you if you found my approach naive. I’ve already made two similar mistakes, so I can’t really give any prediction on this game. If I chose a Super League match to bet on these days, I would leave Veria vs Giannina aside.
Veria vs PAS Giannina: Tips
No tips. Draw or Giannina at 1.53 would be a gift under different circumstances, but in Greece, four game weeks before the end of the season, few things are ‘normal’ in games that indifferent teams (like Giannina, who are going to finish in the middle of the table no matter what) are involved.