Apollon Smyrnis vs Levadiakos
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 11 February 2018
Kick-off: 14:00 CET
Who would have thought… It looks hard to believe, but Apollon Smyrnis managed to persuade Anthony Stokes to move to Greece. The 29-year-old striker was released by Hibernian a few days ago, and somehow lowly Super League side Apollon succeeded in… luring him to Greece. It’s not that common for a team of Apollon’s stature to sign an Ireland international, a former Celtic – among other teams – player, at 29 (not 34 or older). Will be very interesting to see how Stokes will do in Greece. Last weekend, Giannis Kontoes scored his first goal in 263(!!!) official matches to give Apollon the lead at Platanias. They failed to leave Crete with all three points, they got equalised late in the game, but even that one point was a big deal for them. After that match, Apollon coach Giorgos Paraschos was asked by local reporters about two Platanias players (he used to be their coach last season, and up until the first game weeks of this season), whom he signed last month at Apollon. “If Platanias really wanted them, the president would have them fully paid (instead of owing them money)”, his answer was…
Levadiakos did their… duty against Kerkyra at home last weekend, beat them 2-0, cemented their position in the middle of the table, proving once again that this season is different to the last one, when they struggled until the last day to avoid relegation. Now, they are 8th, just four points behind 5th-placed Xanthi, having won three games in a row at home. Their away results have been a totally different case. They have lost seven consecutive games, scoring just two goals. Their coach said it himself, they can’t go any higher than 8th if they don’t start looking more competitive away from home, if they don’t start earning points far from Livadia. Do they have the team to do that? I repeat, seven away losses in a row. It’s up to them to prove that they are not an absolute doormat when they play far from home…
Previous five matches:
Platanias vs Apollon 1-1
Apollon vs Panathinaikos 0-0
PAOK vs Apollon 3-0
Apollon vs Panionios 1-1
Apollon vs Atromitos 0-3
Levadiakos vs Kerkyra 2-0
Xanthi vs Levadiakos 2-1
Platanias vs Levadiakos 1-0
Levadiakos vs Panathinaikos 3-2
PAS Giannina vs Levadiakos 4-0
Apollon Smyrnis’ next game is at Kerkyra, next Saturday. Levadiakos will be hosting Panetolikos (both Greece Super Cup matches).
Apollon Smyrnis vs Levadiakos: Head to head Stats
Apollon Smyrnis haven’t hosted Levadiakos since January 2015. It was a Cup match, a 1-1 draw. Two years earlier, Apollon had beaten Levadiakos 4-2 at home, in their first game there since 2004.
Apollon Smyrnis vs Levadiakos: Prediction
As previously mentioned, Levadiakos have lost seven away games in a row. Given that, my choice to back them to avoid defeat at Apollon looks half-suicidal, but… can’t help it, I do see them earn a draw in this match, mostly because I don’t trust Apollon to win.
Apollon Smyrnis vs Levadiakos: Betting Tips
Levadiakos’ double chance pays 2.00, much better than Apollon’s win alone. Draw, at 3.10 betting odds, looks much more probable than a Levadiakos win, if you feel that 2,00 is not high enough for you.