PAOK – AEL Larissa: Facts & Figures
Here are some interesting stats, background data and head-to-head info regarding the encounters between PAOK and AEL Larissa, a few hours before the two sides meet in Toumba for matchday 21 of Super League Souroti.
# PAOK are currently on a run of 8 consecutive league victories, having leveled their own best mark since the establishment of the Greek top-flight league in 1959-60. In the season 1972-73, they had a streak of 4 wins at home and 4 wins away, set from 17 December 1972 until 11 February 1973, when they defeated AO Trikala 4-0. Their run ended on 25 February 1973 with their 1-0 loss to Olympiacos in Piraeus. In those eight encounters, the “Double-Headed Eagle” had netted 22 goals and conceded 4. Now their goal tally reads 23-1 with three matches at home and five away.
# The two sides have met 28 times in the Greek league with PAOK as host. The “Double-Headed Eagle” have prevailed 20 times, AEL Larissa celebrated two wins, while 6 matches ended undecided.
# The first ever league encounter between PAOK and Larissa was held on 6 January 1974, the Thessaloniki outfit prevailing 3-1 in Toumba Stadium courtesy of goals by Apostolidis (4’), Kermanidis (41’) and Aslanidis (76’). Giannis Matzourakis, who had left PAOK two years earlier, reduced distances for the Thessaly club.
# PAOK sit on a six-match winning streak over AEL Larissa at home: they last recorded a 2-0 victory, while all previous were on a 1-0 scoreline. This streak started after AEL Larissa recorded their second (and last to-date) victory in Toumba, on 24 February 2007. All goals in that 1-3 were scored by the visitors: Kožlej’s own-goal gave PAOK the lead, but Fotakis (50’), Förster (54’) and Kožlej (68’) turned the match around for Larissa.
# PAOK have defeated Larissa 1-0 five times at home –it’s the most ‘popular’ score between the two sides. The scorelines 2-1 and 4-0 have been recorded three times each, while the “Double-Headed Eagle” have prevailed 3-0 twice. There are six more scorelines that have appeared once.
Three home matches of PAOK against Larissa ended 1-1, while the two sides played 2-2 draws twice. The only goalless draw between them was recorded on 8 March 1987.
# Stefanos Athanasiadis had scored four goals against AEL Larissa, among them his maiden goal in the Super League on 20 April 2008. The encounter held in Thessaly ended with a 4-3 win for the local side and Athanasiadis netting a brace.
# Athanasiadis also made his Super League debut against AEL Larissa. It happened in the previously-mentioned 1-3 defeat of PAOK in Toumba, in February 2007, when he came off the bench to substitute Balafas in the 77th minute.