Atromitos vs Olympiakos
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 11 February 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Atromitos players kept saying from Monday to Thursday that they believed they could eliminate PAOK from the Cup despite having lost 2-0 in Thessaloniki, in the first leg. Final score back home, in the return leg, 1-3, leaving their coach admitting that PAOK are far superior, and left his team zero chance of performing the mini miracle they were after. Last weekend, Atromitos were better than Lamia away from home, but all they managed was a 1-1 draw. Atromitos remain… masters of their fate in the Super League. A fourth finish will get them a Europa League ticket, regardless of who wins the Cup. Their closest rivals are 10 whole points behind them, so even a negative result against Olympiakos won’t be a… disaster. Still, this is their opportunity to show that they can get results against teams higher than them in the table. That’s something they have already done against Olympiakos this season, beating them in Piraeus back in October, when Olympiakos were still… dropping points game in game out.
Now what? In Three days Olympiakos fell from second to third in the Super League, and saw their Cup season come to an end. Both times, they fell victims to AEK, first losing 2-1 at home, and then losing again 2-1 at the Olympic Stadium. Their coach had to miss the game on Wednesday, as he was operated on the day before, and didn’t recover in time to be on the sidelines. Members of the board blamed (no surprise) the referee in both matches, especially the Cup quarterfinal, blamed the players as well, for lack of… determination. Fans turned against the players as well, “demanding” explanations. It doesn’t look good for Olympiakos, no matter if on the record they remain optimistic that they can still win the championship, despite being two points behind AEK and four behind leaders PAOK, whom (PAOK) they still have to play against in Thessaloniki.
Previous five matches:
Atromitos vs PAOK 1-3
Lamia vs Atromitos 1-1
Atromitos vs AEL Larissa 1-0
PAOK vs Atromitos 2-0
PAS Giannina vs Atromitos 2-2
AEK Athens vs Olympiakos 2-1
Olympiakos vs AEK Athens 1-2
Asteras Tripolis vs Olympiakos 1-1
Olympiakos vs AEK Athens 0-0
Olympiakos vs Xanthi 3-0
Atromitos’ next game is at Asteras Tripolis, next weekend. Olympiakos will be hosting Panionios (both Greece Super League matches).
Atromitos vs Olympiakos: Head to head Stats
Olympiakos have three wins in a row at Atromitos. Before that, the hosts had managed a win and a draw. Two of those five matches, two Olympiakos victories, went over 2.5 goals.
Atromitos vs Olympiakos: Prediction
Olympiakos are so… hurt right now, that I wouldn’t touch their win at 2.20. I prefer to back Atromitos to earn at least a draw.
Atromitos vs Olympiakos: Betting Tips
The hosts’ double chance pays 1.75. For more than that, my tip is “both teams to score”, at 2.05 betting odds, which suits my 1-1 hunch.