Levadiakos vs AEK Athens
Competition: Greek Super League
Date: 23 April 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
For a team that are fighting to remain in the top flight, Levadiakos have been doing very well lately, having lost just one of their last five games, won one, and drawn three. Even so, they find themselves below the relegation line, paying the price for Iraklis’s… out of this world form the last three weeks. The way things have come, Levadiakos are hoping to earn the right to remain in the Super League not so much by earning the maximum of the points available in the last two game weeks, but much more by replacing Iraklis, whose financial troubles could get them relegated even if they manage to finish the season above the relegation line. Against AEK, Levadiakos will be without suspended centre-forward Vasiliou, and one, two, maybe even three more players. Left-back Milhazes and left wingers Giakoumakis and Youssouf did not train properly these last days, and their presence is doubtful, especially that of Giakoumakis and Youssouf.
Just before the Easter break, AEK beat Olympiakos in Piraeus in the first leg of their Cup semifinal, a result that boosted their morale even more. Ever since Jimenez took charge (mid January), AEK have lost just one game, to Panathinaikos. They have won 12, drawn four, and maybe the most important of all is that they have been playing good football, and have been looking very serious and reliable. Even so, mathematically, they are still not certain to finish in the top five. They will be if they win this game (or if Xanthi fail to win at Larissa). Against Levadiakos, coach Jimenez cannot use suspended attacking midfielder Mandalos and defensive midfielder Simoes, centre-back Lampropoulos who got seriously injured earlier this month, and maybe central midfielder Ajdarevic, who has been training alone for days now. Keep in mind that AEK are playing against Olympiakos again on Wednesday, in the return leg of the Cup semifinal.
Levadiakos vs AEK Athens: Head-to-head Stats
Last season’s game was a triumph for the hosts (3-0). Before that, they had hosted AEK in a Super League game in 2012, which AEK had won.
Levadiakos vs AEK Athens: Prediction
I don’t see a Levadiakos win, no matter how desperate they are to get all three points. Between AEK and draw, I have to go with AEK, despite the fact that three days after this match they are playing against Olympiakos in the Cup. AEK are just much-much better than Levadiakos, and have proven to be reliable in much trickier games, so they have earned my trust.
Levadiakos vs AEK Athens: Tips
AEK’s win is at 1.80, not fantastic, but good enough. For more than that, AEK to win and keep a clean sheet looks great to me, given how solid the Athens team have looked in most of their games under Jimenez.