PAOK – Panionios: Facts & Figures
Here are some interesting stats, background data and head-to-head info regarding the encounters between PAOK and Panionios, a few hours before they meet in Toumba for matchday 25 of the Super League.
# 33 players have scored in the encounters between PAOK and Panionios, both home and away, in the last decade. Only five of these players are still in the two sides’ rosters. Of 19 PAOK players included in this list, only four can extend their goal tally: Athanasiadis, Kitsiou and Kaçe could have a shot at it on Sunday, while suspended Malezas will have to wait for the play-offs. Head coach of the “Double-Headed Eagle” Vladan Ivić is among the 19 scorers of PAOK, having netted twice against the Nea Smyrni side. As for Panionios’s 14 scorers, only Ikonomou is still featuring for the blue-and-reds.
# PAOK sit on a 10-match winning streak over Panionios. The blue-and-reds last managed to avoid defeat in Toumba Stadium on 3 December 2006, when they edged out a 1-1 draw. PAOK will attempt to equal their run of 11 consecutive victories over the Nea Smyrni side, recorded from 18 January 1987 until 2 October 2002.
# The two sides have met 56 times in Toumba Stadium, with PAOK having prevailed in 43 encounters. Panionios won 4 matches, while 9 matches ended undecided.
# Panionios have celebrated 4 victories over PAOK in Thessaloniki, but three of them were recorded from 1959 to 1968, the first decade since the establishment of the top flight league in Greece. Back then, the Nea Smyrni outfit was giving PAOK a hard time and were undefeated in their first 5 encounters in Thessaloniki. Panionios’s total of 9 draws and 4 victories away is largely due to their strong team back then.
# Giorgos Koudas has scored 10 goals against Panionios (both home and away) and is the leading scorer in the encounters between the two sides. Stefanos Athanasiadis sits second on that list, with 8 goals to his name. Giorgos Kostikos and Dimitris Salpingidis trail with 6 goals each, while Neto Guerino and Christos Dimopoulos netted 5 times each.
# Klaus Athanasiadis scored 4 goals in his last three matches against Panionios. He opened his account on 18 September 2011, in PAOK’s 2-1 victory in Nea Smyrni. On 21 January 2012 he scored the solitary goal in PAOK’s 1-0 win in Toumba Stadium. On 4 November 2012, he netted a brace as PAOK prevailed 2-1 in Athens. On 3 January 2015, Klaus scored one of his side’s three goals in their 3-1 victory in Toumba Stadium. In last season’s play-off encounters, he was on the scorers’ sheet in Nea Smyrni and netted both goals in Toumba’s 2-0 on 26 May 2016.