Aris vs Lamia
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 14 January 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Aris set the bar very high since the start of the season, despite the fact that they just returned to the Super League after spending some years in lower divisions. They don’t hide their ambition to finish in the top five, talking about playing in the Europa League qualifiers next season. For the time being, they are 8th in the table, on 19 points. Plus, they are one of the three Super League teams that failed to qualify for the last 16 of the Cup. There is nothing wrong with setting the bar high, but… you also need to be realistic about your chances, and I’m left with the impression for some months now that Aris’ people are not accepting reality, which is that their team this year is simply… not as good as they think… Defensive midfielder Migjen Basha is out due to cards.
Lamia beat Panathinaikos 1-0 a few days ago in the first leg of their Greece Cup round of 16 tie, will travel to Athens for the return leg having an advantage, but truth is, they were very lucky to win that game. Panathinaikos missed incredible chances, and deserved at least one goal, if not the win. That’s football though. Lamia are on just 11 points in the Super League, third-to-last. They lost their last four Super League matches in 2018, but the last three were to PAOK, AEK and Olympiakos, all top four teams, and just before that they had lost to another top eight team, Panionios. Away from home, they have one win (at AEL Larissa), two draws, and five defeats, having scored only in three out of those eight matches.
Previous five matches:
Ergotelis vs Aris 3-2
Aris vs Panetolikos 1-2
Atromitos vs Aris 4-2
Aris vs Panathinaikos 1-1
OFI vs Aris 1-2
Lamia vs Panathinaikos 1-0
Apollon Larissa vs Lamia 0-7
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Lamia 3-0
AEK Athens vs Lamia 2-0
Lamia vs PAOK 0-1
Aris are visiting AEL Larissa next weekend. Lamia will be hosting Panathinaikos (both Super League matches).
Aris vs Lamia: Head to head Stats
Aris have hosted Lamia just once before, two years ago; that Football League (second division) game ended in a goalless draw.
Aris vs Lamia: Prediction
Aris are considered clear favorites to win the game. Personally, I would avoid betting on their victory.
Aris vs Lamia: Betting Tips
Aris’ double chance combined with “under 2.5 goals” is my tip, at 1.80. It suits my hunch that the game will end 0-0, 1-0, or 1-1.