Panetolikos vs Apollon Smyrnis
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 10 December 2018
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
It is one of those stories that make you feel super sorry for a player, even if you’ve never seen him play. Ilias Gianniotis, a 21-year-old winger, got seriously injured back in April, had to spend seven months out, but recently he returned to action, was given a few minutes by Panetolikos coach Traianos Dellas in their 2-1 triumph over AEK Athens two weeks ago. Last weekend, he came off the bench again, in the 84th minute, in Panetolikos’ game at Olympiakos. Believe it or not, he got injured again, exactly the same serious injury, on exactly the same knee… I can’t even begin to imagine how he must be feeling these days… The Agrinio side lost 2-1 in Piraeus last weekend, playing with 10 men after the 53rd minute (Dimitris Chantakias got sent-off). They are 9th in the table, on 15 points.
Apollon Smyrnis produced the biggest, by far, surprise in the Super League last weekend, earning a point against – formerly – second-placed Atromitos. A deserved one, as they were much better during big parts of the match. Especially in the second half, until the 80th minute, they made Atromitos look… small. Things changed in the last 10-15 minutes, Apollon retreated, but that 1-1 didn’t change. It was just their second point this season, from 12 matches, and only their fourth goal scored. Reading what they have been saying for days now, they seem confident that this weekend they will finally celebrate their first victory of the season.
Previous five matches:
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Panetolikos 2-1
Panetolikos vs AEK Athens 2-1
PAOK vs Panetolikos 2-1
Panionios vs Panetolikos 3-0
Kissamikos vs Panetolikos 0-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs Atromitos 1-1
Panathinaikos vs Apollon Smyrnis 5-1
Apollon Smyrnis vs Aris 1-2
OFI vs Apollon Smyrnis 0-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs Apollon Paralimniou 5-0
Panetolikos are visiting Aris next weekend. Apollon will be hosting Xanthi (both Super League matches).
Panetolikos vs Apollon Smyrnis: Head to head Stats
One Panetolikos win and two draws in the three games between these two in Agrinio the last 10 years.
Panetolikos vs Apollon Smyrnis: Prediction
Panetolikos have improved a lot lately, especially at home. Despite Apollon’s good game last weekend, I’m backing the hosts to win.
Panetolikos vs Apollon Smyrnis: Betting Tips
A simple Panetolikos win pays 1.66. For more than that, I would risk combining their victory with a clean sheet. Like that, it’s at 2.40.