Atromitos vs AEL Larissa
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 22 September 2018
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
As expected and predicted here, Atromitos beat Lamia last weekend at home, but… barely, 1-0. Having taken the lead before the end of the first half, and playing against 10 men after the 58th minute, you would expect them to… step on it, finish the game off as early as possible, but that 1-0 didn’t change, keeping them… worried until deep into added time. Atromitos’ goal was scored by Efthimis Koulouris. It was his third this season, in three matches, having attempted just five times(!). He belongs to PAOK, is playing at Atromitos on loan, and scored in the Europa League qualifiers as well, turning into a reference point for the Peristeri side. He is their only scorer in the Super League thus far. Atromitos are on seven points, 5th in the table.
AEL Larissa lost 1-3 to Panathinaikos last weekend, but what came next seems to be a much bigger… problem/issue. They got in a big fight with the people who manage the stadium, which does not belong to the club, but was built by a former AEL owner. Long story short, AEL don’t know where they’ll play their home games in the remainder of the season. Larissa, the city, has another stadium, AEL’s… traditional home, but to be able to use that in the Super League, certain works need to be done there, works that need money and time. Moving to another city is an option, but AEL don’t even want to think about it. Mess… Big-big mess. AEL are on three points from three matches in the Super League.
Previous five matches:
Atromitos vs Lamia 1-0
Atromitos vs Xanthi 0-0
Panetolikos vs Atromitos 1-2
Atromitos vs Asteras Tripolis 2-1
Asteras Tripolis vs Atromitos 1-1
AEL Larissa vs Panathinaikos 1-3
Aris vs AEL Larissa 2-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs AEL Larissa 0-1
Trikala vs AEL Larissa 2-1
Xanthi vs AEL Larissa 1-1
Atromitos are facing PAS Giannina midweek, and AEL will be playing against Panionios (both Greece Cup matches).
Atromitos vs AEL Larissa: Head to head Stats
Atromitos beat AEL last season at home, and drew the season before that. Their previous game in Peristeri was in 2011, a 3-0 win for the hosts.
Atromitos vs AEL Larissa: Prediction
I’m backing Atromitos, the better team between the two, to win the game. Given how hot Koulouris has been since the start of the season, betting on him to score anytime makes perfect sense.
Atromitos vs AEL Larissa: Betting Tips
Atromitos’ win pays 1.57. “Koulouris to score anytime” is at 2.87.