Asteras Tripolis vs Atromitos
Competition: Greece Cup
Date: 20 December 2017
Kick-off: 14:00 CET
“Xenéroma” is a slang Greek word used to describe a really disappointing situation, like when… you are a football team, you have won five games in a row, you are hosting one of the worst performing (based on results) sides of your league, everyone expects you to make it six wins in a row, and all you manage to earn is a “xenéroti” (adjective, female) draw. That’s exactly what happened with Asteras Tripolis, who had celebrated five consecutive wins in the Super League and the Cup, only to get held by Panetolikos to a surprising goalless draw last weekend. One positive that came out of that game was that they kept a clean sheet, the fifth in their last six games, in which they have conceded just one goal. They are 6th in the Super League table, decent, “dreamy” actually, given how badly they started the season, before going on a massive counterattack the last month and a half.
Regardless of what happens in this match, the last one for Atromitos in this calendar year, the Peristeri team are undoubtedly the biggest positive surprise in Greece in the second half of 2017, ever since the new season started. Last weekend they beat Kerkyra 3-1 away from home, their fourth straight victory in all competitions, they are sitting fourth in the Super League table, just two points behind leaders Olympiakos, and last but not least, they have played some really good football, they haven’t earned their great results parking the bus and scoring half a goal per match. With Panionios not up to last season’s standards, and Panathinaikos swimming in an… ocean of problems, Atromitos have an awesome opportunity to finish in the top four of the championship, and earn a UEFA Europa League ticket. It’s still early, but they have looked THAT good thus far, as to raise the bar that high up.
Previous five matches:
Asteras vs Panetolikos 0-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs Asteras 1-3
Asteras vs Kerkyra 4-0
Asteras vs Levadiakos 2-0
Platanias vs Asteras 0-3
Kerkyra vs Atromitos 1-3
Atromitos vs Levadiakos 1-0
Platanias vs Atromitos 1-3
Sparta vs Atromitos 0-4
Atromitos vs Panathinaikos 1-1
Next game for Asteras is at PAS Giannina, on January 7. A day later, Atromitos will be visiting Apollon Smyrnis (both Greece Super League matches).
Asteras Tripolis vs Atromitos: Head to head Stats
Last season, Atromitos beat Asteras 1-0 in Tripoli. Before that, the hosts had four straight 1-0 wins themselves over Atromitos at home.
Asteras Tripolis vs Atromitos: Prediction
Asteras are considered slight favourites to win the game. Personally, I feel draw is the most probable result. Other than that, I’m counting on Asteras’ very effective (lately) defence to keep this match under 2.5 goals.
Asteras Tripolis vs Atromitos: Betting Tips
Atromitos’ double chance and under 2.5 goals pay practically the same, 1.48 and 1.50 respectively, both low. “No” on “both teams to score” is at 1.70, and for something considerably higher than that I would bet on “under 1.5”, at 2.45, expecting this game to be decided by a single goal (if any).
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