AEK Athens vs Xanthi
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 2 December 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
AEK Athens seem to be at the start of a… revolution. Central midfielder Astrit Ajdarević became the first player to depart, reaching an agreement with the club to terminate his contract prematurely. According to many reports, exactly the same will happen in a matter of days with three more players, important pieces of AEK’s puzzle, who, for different reasons, have fallen from grace. Striker Anastasios Bakasetas (Greece international!), defensive midfielder André Simões, and center-back Vasilis Lampropoulos, all three are considered “done” at AEK, and it will be a surprise if they are still members of the roster by the end of the year. The Athens side lost 0-2 at home midweek to Ajax in the Champions League, and more than that, they are afraid UEFA will punish them heavily for things that happened inside the stadium, with some of their fans “starring” in disgraceful scenes. It was their fourth defeat in a row, two of those in the Super League, where they have fallen 7th(!) in the table, on 17 points from 11 matches.
Xanthi have their own problems, after losing two games in a row in the championship. Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at PAOK wasn’t a real surprise, but that 0-1 at home to Panionios before the international break is still hurting them. Right-back Dimosthenis Baxevanidis is out, suspended for one match. Xanthi finished last weekend sitting 6th in the table, on 18 points, as many as Panathinaikos and Aris, fourth and fifth-placed respectively.
Previous five matches:
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
Panathinaikos vs AEK Athens 0-0
PAOK vs Xanthi 2-0
Xanthi vs Panionios 0-1
Asteras Tripolis vs Xanthi 0-1
Kerkyra vs Xanthi 0-1
Xanthi vs PAS Giannina 2-1
AEK are hosting Lamia next weekend. Xanthi will be hosting Olympiakos (both Super League matches).
AEK Athens vs Xanthi: Head to head Stats
AEK have four wins in a row as hosts to Xanthi, having won the last two games by a total score of 8-1(!).
AEK Athens vs Xanthi: Prediction
Will AEK finally react? Will their… free-fall last even longer? They are hosting a team that have lost two games in a row, but last weekend’s was at PAOK, so… All things considered, I’m leaning towards backing Xanthi to produce a surprise, leave Athens undefeated.
AEK Athens vs Xanthi: Betting Tips
Xanthi’s double chance pays 3.20. Their 1.5 Asian handicap is at 1.78, if you don’t share my belief in them.