Atromitos vs Legia Warsaw
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 14 August 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
As predicted here, Atromitos earned a draw in Warsaw last week (their double chance was at 1.97), but truth is, I expected goals. The Athens side did great defensively, but were frustratingly careless in transition. Over and over again they would steal the ball, and would give it away in a matter of seconds, committing countless mistakes without really under much pressure. Giannis Anastasiou, their coach, admitted that offensively they left a lot to be desired, but “reminded” everyone that last week’s was just their third official game this summer, after the two against DAC in the second qualifying round. The championship in Greece hasn’t started yet, it “traditionally” starts late in August, and that’s something that keeps hurting Greek teams summer in summer out in the UEFA competition qualifiers and playoffs.
Legia finished the game last week on 28(!) attempts (Atromitos had just three), half of those on target (Atromitos had one), and 16-1 corners won, yes, 16, no mistake there, but the moments they really-really threatened their guests were very few. Most of the shots were from a distance, not really worrying Atromitos’ goalkeeper, and as for those 16 corners, watching the game live, I was left scratching my head, wondering how was it possible for a team to keep taking their corners in exactly the same – ineffective – way, without even thinking about trying something different. Seriously, it was… mind-blowing to watch, Gvilia kept taking their corners one after another, sending the ball exactly at the same spot, no matter if Atromitos’ tall defenders were clearing the ball over and over again, without even sweating. Beats me… Details like these make you doubt the football IQ of the coach and the players involved… Aleksandar Vukovic, Legia’s coach, told reporters there is no conflict between him and Carlitos López, even though there are numerous reports suggesting the opposite. The Spaniard is yet to become an uncontested regular at Legia, a year after moving there from Wisla Krakow, but watching Legia’s games you notice that if there is one man who can make… something out of nothing in this team, it’s Carlitos. Last week he was sent in with less than half an hour left, and he played his part in intensifying Legia’s pressure. No game for them last weekend.
Previous five matches:
Legia Warsaw vs Atromitos 0-0
Atromitos vs DAC Dunajska Streda 3-2
DAC Dunajska Streda vs Atromitos 1-2
Aris vs Atromitos 2-1
Atromitos vs Nottingham Forest 0-3
Legia Warsaw vs Atromitos 0-0
Legia Warsaw vs Slask Wroclaw 0-0
KuPS vs Legia Warsaw 0-0
Korona Kielce vs Legia Warsaw 1-2
Legia Warsaw vs KuPS 1-0
Atromitos’ next scheduled game is on August 24. Legia are hosting Zagłębie Lubin on Sunday (Poland Ekstraklasa).
Atromitos vs Legia Warsaw: Head to head Stats
Last week’s game was the first ever between these two.
Atromitos vs Legia Warsaw: Prediction
Atromitos looked inexcusably “timid” last week, as if they were visiting… Liverpool. They are much better than that. Legia are considered favorites to win, but I’m backing the hosts to qualify.
Atromitos vs Legia Warsaw: Betting Tips
Atromitos’ qualification is at 2.88(!). Their win pays 3.40. If you follow Greek football, you know the Athens side are much-much better than what they showed last week in Warsaw. In Greece they have been competing successfully for three years now with teams like PAOK, Olympiacos, AEK, teams of a higher level than that of Legia.