Panathinaikos vs Apollon Smyrnis
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 24 November 2018
Kick-off: 15:00 CET
Panathinaikos came super close to earning a massive victory in Piraeus two weeks ago, over their “eternal rivals”, Olympiakos. Ergys Kaçe’s spectacular goal in the 61st minute gave them the lead, but they got equalized in added time. They are on 15 points, 6th in the table, but be reminded, they started the season carrying a -6 from last year. With those six points, they would be third today in the table. The biggest news these last two weeks was that the club reached an agreement with two former players regarding money they owe them. It is big news, because if Panathinaikos hadn’t reached those agreements, could have even more points deducted.
Apollon Smyrnis have just one point from 10 matches in the Super League, but… there may be reason for optimism; four weeks ago, they did lose at Olympiakos Piraeus, but “just” 1-0, and that goal, they conceded it in added time. Right after that, they beat a modest opponent from a lower category in the Greece Cup, 5-0. Next, they earned their first point in the Super League, thanks to that goalless draw at OFI. Last, just before the international break, they did lose to Aris at home, 1-2, but someone could say that there was something positive, that they looked competitive, against a decent rival. Right-back Giannis Stathis is out, injured, and will stay out for two more weeks. Center-forward Vangelis Mantzios is no longer an Apollon player, as he and the club reached an agreement to terminate their contract.
Previous five matches:
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Panathinaikos 1-1
Panathinaikos vs AEK Athens 0-0
PAOK vs Panathinaikos 2-0
Panathinaikos vs Panionios 1-0
Asteras Tripolis vs Panathinaikos 1-1
Apollon Smyrnis vs Aris 1-2
OFI vs Apollon Smyrnis 0-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs Apollon Paralimniou 5-0
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Apollon Smyrnis 1-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs AEK Athens 0-2
Panathinaikos’ next game is at Aris, next weekend. Apollon will be hosting Atromitos (both Super League matches).
Panathinaikos vs Apollon Smyrnis: Head to head Stats
Two wins for the hosts the last four years, in as many games at home against Apollon. Before that, they hadn’t hosted them since 2000.
Panathinaikos vs Apollon Smyrnis: Prediction
Any other result but a Panathinaikos win would be a massive surprise.
Panathinaikos vs Apollon Smyrnis: Betting Tips
Given that a simple Panathinaikos win is at just 1.36, my tip is their victory combined with a clean sheet, at 1.83. “Panathinaikos and under 2.5 goals” pays 2.75, and I like it, because their last six matches have stayed “under 2.5”.