Apollon Smyrnis vs Xanthi
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 16 December 2018
Kick-off: 15:00 CET
Another weekend, another defeat. Thirteen matches into the season, Apollon Smyrnis are on just two points, stuck there after losing 2-1 at Panetolikos a week ago. Truth is, they did their best in the second half, made it 2-1 in the 48th minute, and really tried to equalize, but at the end they had to leave Agrinio empty-handed. Their numbers are just… pitiful; only five goals scored (in 13 matches!), less than any other Super League team, 23 goals conceded, more than any other team in the league. Mathematically, there is… plenty of time to bounce back and avoid relegation, but realistically, no matter if we haven’t even reached the middle of the season yet, Apollon seem practically… doomed.
Xanthi had lost three games in a row before hosting Olympiakos Piraeus last weekend, plus, they had failed to score in all three matches, versus Panionios, PAOK and AEK Athens. A week ago, it was an Olympiakos player who… did the job for them, Jagos Vukovic, who scored against his own team in the 54th minute. Something over 20 minutes later, the Serbian center-back… scored in the right goal, made it 1-1, but right after that, Olympiakos were reduced to 10 men. Xanthi’s coach, Milan Rastavac, admitted after the final whistle that his team didn’t play correctly in the last 15 minutes enjoying a numerical advantage, but either way, that 1-1 was a positive result, against a big rival. They are 7th in the table, on 19 points.
Previous five matches:
Panetolikos vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-1
Apollon Smyrnis vs Atromitos 1-1
Panathinaikos vs Apollon Smyrnis 5-1
Apollon Smyrnis vs Aris 1-2
OFI vs Apollon Smyrnis 0-0
Xanthi vs Olympiakos Piraeus 1-1
AEK Athens vs Xanthi 2-0
PAOK vs Xanthi 2-0
Xanthi vs Panionios 0-1
Asteras Tripolis vs Xanthi 0-1
Apollon’s next game is at Trikala, on Thursday. Xanthi will have visited Niki Volou a day earlier (both Greece Cup matches).
Apollon Smyrnis vs Xanthi: Head to head Stats
Apollon have beaten Xanthi 2-0, twice, the last four years, at home. Before that, they hadn’t hosted them since 1999.
Apollon Smyrnis vs Xanthi: Prediction
I’m backing Apollon to earn a… rare point, not trusting the Xanthi I have seen the last 4-5 weeks to win this game, no matter if last weekend they earned a point against Olympiakos.
Apollon Smyrnis vs Xanthi: Betting Tips
Apollon’s win (which would be their first in the championship this season) in “draw no bet” is at 2.00, with their double chance at 1.53.