Smyrnis vs Atromitos by Isaiah
Even though Smyrnis is far away from their good form, or at least were in previous weeks, the side managed to surprise and take a point in a goalless draw game on the road to AEK Athens before the holiday's break.
They were of course limited to a defensive role from the very start, doing almost nothing in attack especially in the second halftime - but still managed to walk away with a clean sheet and a point earned with a bit more rough game play.
Still, it was their fifth consecutive game without a victory, as the side now stands at fourteenth position with a point more than relegating placed Kerkyra and surely wants to get something out of this clash.
Defender Fonsi remains long term absentee without performing so far, while injured and out also remains midfielder Bijimine (12/0).
Atromitos, on the other side, seems to be in a really decent form now as the side comes from third consecutive victory in Greek Super League and fifth consecutive victory in competitive matches.
In the most recent round of domestic championship, the side walked away with a three pointer on the road to Kerkyra in a 1:3 victory, being very concrete in attack but only once they upped the tempo in the second halftime they managed to seal the victory (two goals from Warda and a goal from Vasilakakis).
Atromitos is now at fourth position with only five points less than leaders from Olympiakos and a game less played. Additionally, they won over Asteras Tripolis in the first leg of 1/8 finals game of the Greek Cup before the international break.
Guests will be playing without injured forward Manousos (9/2), while defender Madson (13/1) remains suspended for this one.
- Smyrnis have failed to win any of their last 5 matches.
Atromitos looks rock solid all season long in comparison to their opponents. They might not always score with ease - however their defensive record and behavior makes me believe that the team is much closer to the victory than what the odds suggest.