AEK Athens vs Lamia
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 8 December 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
AEK Athens hosted Xanthi last weekend, with their back against the wall, after four defeats in a row (Champions League and Super League combined), four matches in which they had scored just once (in 360 minutes), and conceded twice in each game. Ezequiel Ponce’s goal in the 8th minute should have… loosened them up, allowed them to play more freely, and put the game to bed early with a second goal. That didn’t happen; their second goal came in added time, a big relief for the hosts, who had gotten left 7th(!) in the table. They are now 4th, 12 whole points behind leaders PAOK. On another note, AEK are still planning on “clearing up” their roster, sell players they no longer count on, players who last season were key in their successes. It feels like the… glass has broken with them, and the damage is irreparable.
Lamia lost to PAOK 0-1 last weekend, at home, in a… weird game, refereeing decisions-wise. Lamia were not given a clear penalty before PAOK’s goal. After that though, the referee made many more mistakes that favored Lamia, including his harsh decision to send a PAOK player off in the 63rd minute. All in all, it was a poor afternoon for the referee of that match, who won’t be whistling in another game any time soon. Lamia are 12th in the Super League table, on 11 points. Away from home, they’ve beaten Larissa and drawn with Panetolikos and PAS Giannina, but AEK is… at a very different level than those three.
Previous five matches:
AEK Athens vs Xanthi 2-0
AEK Athens vs Ajax 0-2
Panetolikos vs AEK Athens 2-1
AEK Athens vs Atromitos 0-2
Bayern Munich vs AEK Athens 2-0
Lamia vs PAOK 0-1
Panionios vs Lamia 1-0
Lamia vs Asteras Tripolis 0-0
PAS Giannina vs Lamia 0-0
Lamia vs Volos NFC 1-1
AEK’s next game is on Wednesday, at Benfica (Champions League group stage). Lamia are visiting Olympiakos next weekend (Super League).
AEK Athens vs Lamia: Head to head Stats
AEK have hosted Lamia three times the last 15 months, and have beaten them all three, 2-1 and 2-0 (twice).
AEK Athens vs Lamia: Prediction
Betting on AEK’s win would earn you very little, as it’s not paying more than 1.16.
AEK Athens vs Lamia: Betting Tips
Something less than two months ago, Lamia scored at AEK in the Cup, actually they were leading 0-1 until the 73rd minute, and lost after conceding two late goals. “Both teams to score” is at 2.92, obviously a big risk, but paying well enough to make me set my reservations aside and go for it.