Aris vs OFI Crete
Competition: Greece Super League 1
Date: 24 August 2019
Kick-off: 20:00 CET
Aris deserved better against Molde in the Europa League third qualifying round, but… they’re not blame-free either. They were pathetic in the first leg, lost 3-0, and even in the second game, at home, they did score three goals to push the tie to extra-time, but lost a ridiculous number of other awesome chances. In a single case at the end of the first half of extra-time, they lost their focus defensively, and paid for that, dearly. They beat Molde 3-1, but obviously, that wasn’t enough. They definitely showed though that at home they have to be taken very-very seriously. Be reminded, last season they were newly-promoted in the Super League, but still managed to finish 5th, which is actually where they truly belong, the top five of Greece’s football, because of their history, and also because of the number of their fans.
OFI had to face Platanias in two… finals (playoffs) at the end of last season to avoid relegation, but given… things that happened earlier, that wasn’t the worst that could have happened to them. At some point during the season, the club were found guilty of playing a part in manipulating the result of a game the year before, when they were still playing in the second division. After endless efforts, months later, they got acquitted, a massive relief for everyone at the club. They have a new coach, Yorgos Simos, and several new players as well. Looking at who joined them over the summer, and who left, I think they are no stronger than last season, so I expect them to fight until the very end to avoid relegation.
Previous five matches:
Aris vs Molde 3-1
Molde vs Aris 3-0
AEL Limassol vs Aris 0-1
Aris vs AEL Limassol 0-0
Aris vs Atromitos 2-1
Ergotelis vs OFI Crete 2-2
Willem vs OFI Crete 2-1
Emmen vs OFI Crete 3-0
Ajax vs OFI Crete 6-2
Eupen vs OFI Crete 3-1
Aris will visit Volos next weekend. OFI have to play again away from home, in Athens, against Panathinaikos (both Super League 1 matches).
Aris vs OFI Crete: Head to head Stats
Two Aris wins and three draws in the last five games between these two in Thessaloniki.
Aris vs OFI Crete: Prediction
I will be surprised if OFI manage to salvage a point in this game.
Aris vs OFI Crete: Betting Tips
Given that a simple Aris win pays less than 1.50, I would risk combining it with “under 3.5 goals”, at 1.85. “Aris and under 2.5 goals” pays 2.75.