Atromitos vs Apollon Smyrnis
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 8 April 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Atromitos will finish either 4th or 5th in the Super League, meaning that once again they will play Europa League football next season. Finishing 4th, they will earn a few more days of summer vacation. If they end up 5th, they will have to enter the Europa League qualifiers earlier than Aris (the team that may leave them 5th), which is something the Atromitos players definitely want to avoid, especially they who know – almost – for sure that they will be at the club next season as well. The Peristeri side had several players who spent these last months in blue and white on loan, and are still unsure about where the start of next season will find them. Last weekend they lost 2-1 at Olympiakos, despite taking the lead in the first half. Efthymis Koulouris scored his 17th goal in the Super League this season, in 24 appearances. Most probably, he will finish as the league’s top scorer. He scored five more in as many appearances in Greece’s Cup, as well as one goal in two appearances early in the season, in the Europa League qualifiers. He plays at Atromitos on loan from PAOK. There are reports that both Anderlecht and Ajax have made a move to sign him.
Another weekend, another loss for Apollon Smyrnis. Last time out, it was Panathinaikos who beat them, 1-3, their 11th defeat in their last 14 games, Super League and Greece Cup combined. They have a new president; journalist, TV person, and… 100% cult figure Giorgos Georgiou, has officially been named as the new head of the board of directors. Georgiou has made a name for himself with his… strong opinions, “everyday-guy” attitude and language, not to mention his… particular voice. It was always known that he is an Apollon fan, and now that the club are entering a… transition phase, he was chosen to lead the board of directors.
Previous five matches:
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Atromitos 2-1
Atromitos vs AEK Athens 0-1
PAOK vs Atromitos 3-0
Atromitos vs Panionios 3-0
AEK Athens vs Atromitos 3-0
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
AEK Athens vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-1
Atromitos are visiting Aris next weekend. Apollon will be hosting Panetolikos (both Super League matches).
Atromitos vs Apollon Smyrnis: Head to head Stats
Two Atromitos wins and a draw in the last six years against Apollon at home. Before 2013, they had not hosted them since 2004.
Atromitos vs Apollon Smyrnis: Prediction
Any other result but an Atromitos win would be a huge surprise.
Atromitos vs Apollon Smyrnis: Betting Tips
Given that a simple Atromitos win is not paying more than 1.14, I would risk with the same combined with “over 3.5 goals”, at 2.38.