Asteras Tripolis vs Lamia
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 16 March 2019
Kick-off: 16:15 CET
Asteras Tripolis earned a point away from home last weekend, playing against a team higher than them in the table (Xanthi), staying clearly above the relegation line. Last year, it would have been a poor result. This season, given that they have been poor, far from the spots leading to the Europa League, not losing last weekend at Xanthi was a good result. They now have five points from their last five Super League matches, having conceded just one in those three games. They sit 10th in the table, always keeping an eye on the teams lower than them in the table, and of course, waiting for the Cup semifinals, where they will be facing PAOK, their chance to make something extraordinary this season (not that reaching the semis is not a big accomplishment on its own).
Lamia sit 9th in the table, on 29 points, clearly above the relegation line, but last weekend they missed a golden opportunity to… finish it off, to practically secure their stay in the Super League. They were beating PAS Giannina at home until the 86th minute, when the visitors equalized. If Lamia had won that game, it would be pretty much over. Even now though, their position is very good. Just like Asteras, they have reached the Cup semifinals, where they will be facing AEK. If for Asteras their presence in the last four is a big success, for Lamia it is a… miracle. Remember, only last season they got promoted to the top division, and here they are now, slowing turning into a regular there, and even reaching the Cup semis.
Previous five matches:
Xanthi vs Asteras Tripolis 0-0
Asteras Tripolis vs Panetolikos 3-0
Asteras Tripolis vs Ergotelis 4-1
Asteras Tripolis vs Atromitos 1-1
Panathinaikos vs Asteras Tripolis 1-0
Lamia vs PAS Giannina 1-1
Levadiakos vs Lamia 1-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Lamia 0-1
Lamia vs AEL Larissa 2-1
OFI Crete vs Lamia 1-3
Asteras’ next game is in Larissa, in two weeks. Lamia will be hosting Panionios after the international break (both Super League matches).
Asteras Tripolis vs Lamia: Head to head Stats
Lamia beat Asteras 1-3 in Tripoli a year and a half ago, the first (and only one, until now) time they visited them.
Asteras Tripolis vs Lamia: Prediction
For some reason, Asteras are considered big-big favorites to win. I don’t see that.
Asteras Tripolis vs Lamia: Betting Tips
Lamia’s double chance pays 2.30, good enough, I reckon, to avoid looking for something riskier.