Apollon Smyrnis vs Panetolikos
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 14 April 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Apollon Smyrnis’… torture, is slowly coming to an end; ten points from 27 matches, that’s all they’ve managed this season, knowing for quite some time now that they would be getting relegated. Actually, for weeks now, more like… a couple of months, they have been preparing for what is about to come, making their plans regarding returning to the Super League as soon as possible. Last weekend they lost 1-0 at Atromitos, a… decent result, given that they were visiting a top four side. They have earned just one point from their last seven matches, they have scored just once in their last five games, they have just 11 goals to show for the whole season (no team has scored less than them), and on the other hand, they have conceded 49, more than any other Super League team. All numbers that scream out-loud that this Apollon was not really a Super League team this season…
Because of how the schedule of this Super League edition was drawn at the start of the season, teams that face PAOK, are facing AEK and Olympiakos right after that, meaning that they have three consecutive games in which their chances of earning even a single point are very slim. Panetolikos… felt that on their skin the last three game weeks, losing all three matches to the top three teams, by a total score of 1-11(!). Last weekend they lost 0-5 to Olympiakos, at home, lasting until the 50th minute, when the Piraeus side scored their second goal. Panetolikos sit 7th in the table, on 33 points, seven more than 13th-placed PAS Giannina, and eight ahead of 14th-placed OFI.
Previous five matches:
Atromitos vs Apollon Smyrnis 1-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs Panathinaikos 1-3
Aris vs Apollon Smyrnis 5-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs OFI Crete 0-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs Olympiakos Piraeus 0-2
Panetolikos vs Olympiakos Piraeus 0-5
AEK Athens vs Panetolikos 4-0
Panetolikos vs PAOK 1-2
Panetolikos vs Panionios 5-0
Asteras Tripolis vs Panetolikos 3-0
Apollon are visiting Xanthi next weekend. Panetolikos will be hosting Aris (both Super League matches).
Apollon Smyrnis vs Panetolikos: Head to head Stats
One win for Apollon, three for Panetolikos, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Athens.
Apollon Smyrnis vs Panetolikos: Prediction
Panetolikos are without attacking midfielder Mazurek (suspended), right-back Marinakis (also suspended), and left-back Tsokanis (injured), making me doubt they can beat Apollon, no matter if the hosts have been almost a… joke all season.
Apollon Smyrnis vs Panetolikos: Betting Tips
Apollon’s double chance is at 2.10, which I prefer to Panetolikos’ win at 1.75. “Under 2.5 goals” pays 1.90.