Xanthi vs Platanias
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 13 January 2018
Kick-off: 14:00 CET
When you lose a first leg in a Cup tie by three goals, the return leg presents you with an almost impossible mission, but even so, someone could say that Xanthi wasted a huge opportunity, when they hosted AEL Larissa a few days ago, in the return leg of their 3-0 defeat in Larissa three weeks earlier. They took the lead in the first half, in the 61st minute the visitors were reduced to 10 men, and seconds later, Xanthi made it 2-0. They had about half an hour left to score a third goal that would take the tie to extra time, and they had the numerical advantage. What did they do? They lost a player themselves, restoring the numerical balance between the two teams in the 66th minute. Larissa had another player sent off in the dying minutes of the match, but even so, Xanthi failed to score that third goal they needed, leaving many wonder “what if Djuričković hadn’t been sent off…” The newly-signed Serbian midfielder is the one who saw a second yellow card in the 66th minute… Last weekend, Xanthi beat Lamia 1-0 away from home, as predicted here. They are 7th in the table, on 21 points from 16 matches.
Platanias lasted for 68 minutes when they visited Olympiakos a few days ago, that’s when they conceded the first goal, and stayed in the game until added time, when they conceded a second one. That Cup match was almost a… replay of their Super League game last weekend, when they were at 0-0 at Panathinaikos until the 72nd minute, losing the game 2-0 (Panathinaikos scored both goals from the penalty spot, the second one in added time). Before that, back in their last games in 2017, Platanias had lost 2-0 at home to Olympiakos conceding again both goals in the second half, same, pretty much, with their 1-0 home defeat to PAOK, another game they lost after conceding in the second half. You notice a pattern, kind of… telling a story, how Platanias fight, try do their best, but eventually fall. They are last in the table, on just six points from 16 matches. They have an incredible 14 defeats in a row (excluding a 3-0 over Iraklis, a game they technically won, a game though that never took place).
Previous five matches:
Xanthi vs AEL Larissa 2-0
Lamia vs Xanthi 0-1
AEL Larissa vs Xanthi 3-0
Xanthi vs Panathinaikos 1-1
AEL Larissa vs Xanthi 1-0
Olympiakos vs Platanias 2-0
Panathinaikos vs Platanias 2-0
Platanias vs Olympiakos 0-2
Platanias vs PAOK 0-1
Panionios vs Platanias 2-1
Xanthi’s next game is at Olympiakos, next weekend. Platanias will be hosting Levadiakos (both Greece Super League matches).
Xanthi vs Platanias: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Xanthi, two for Platanias, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Xanthi. Only one of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Xanthi vs Platanias: Prediction
Xanthi have back-to-back wins in 2018, and they are hosting the weakest, by far, team of the league. Any other result but a Xanthi win will be a huge surprise.
Xanthi vs Platanias: Betting Tips
A simple Xanthi win pays 1.44, which is actually higher than what I expected. Platanias managed to avoid conceding more than two goals in their last five matches, against teams like Olympiakos, PAOK, Panionios, Panathinaikos, so backing Xanthi to win in a game that will stay below 2.5 goals makes sense, and pays 2.75.
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