AEK Athens vs Aris
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 28 October 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
It’s final, AEK Athens had three points deducted for things some of their fans did in their home game against Olympiakos Piraeus, meaning that they are now on 13 points, six behind co-leaders PAOK and Atromitos. Ironically, all those days that AEK were trying to change the initial “-3” decision, they kept saying that things should be decided only on the field. The irony of the matter is that last season they won the championship title not on the fields, but in court rooms, as PAOK had points deducted and a game lost without even playing it (against Olympiakos, at home). Midweek, AEK lost 0-2 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. They… lasted 60 minutes. Bayern scored twice in less than three minutes, and the game was over. Coach Ouzounidis said they need to… react, beat Aris, stay as close to the top of the table as possible.
Aris took the lead last week in Thessaloniki’s big derby against Super League leaders PAOK less than two minutes into the match, but they ended up losing 1-2. At 1-1, they had a golden opportunity to take the lead again, but they missed a penalty. Defensive midfielder Fran Vélez is out (coming back from an injury), but Paco Herrera has the rest of his players at his disposal. Aris are 6th in the Super League table, on 12 points from seven matches, but have lost three of their last four. Away from home, they have one win and two defeats.
Previous five matches:
AEK Athens vs Bayern Munich 0-2
Apollon Smyrnis vs AEK Athens 0-2
AEK Athens vs Lamia 2-1
AEK Athens vs Olympiakos Piraeus 1-1
AEK Athens vs Benfica 2-3
Aris vs PAOK 1-2
Panionios vs Aris 1-0
Aris vs Asteras Tripolis 2-0
PAOK vs Aris 1-1
PAS Giannina vs Aris 1-0
AEK’s next game is at Apollon Larissa on Wednesday. Same day, Aris will be hosting Aititos Spata (both Greece Cup matches).
AEK Athens vs Aris: Head to head Stats
AEK haven’t hosted Aris since 2012 (they had been playing in different categories). That game ended in a 1-1 draw.
AEK Athens vs Aris: Prediction
AEK should win. They may… suffer, but one way or another, they should win.
AEK Athens vs Aris: Betting Tips
A simple AEK wins is at 1.57. Their clean sheet pays 1.75. These two combined, promise an even better 2.15. Aris have lost their last two away games without scoring, and those teams who beat them (PAS Giannina and Panionios) are nowhere near AEK’s level.