Asteras Tripolis vs Xanthi
Competition: Greek Super League
Date: 9 April 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Asteras traveled to Larissa on Wednesday having three consecutive 1-1 draws ever since coach Vergetis had taken over. Their fans were hoping for a fourth successive positive result, but the final 1-4 was a score that not even the most optimistic among Asteras fans could have predicted. Another proof that Vergetis was indeed the right man for the job at this stage. Amazingly, it was their first Super League win since January 15(!), when they had beaten Panetolikos 4-1 at home. Plus, it was just their second away win of the season, first since early November. Kaltsas, a 26-year-old midfielder who has played in almost all games this season, is out due to cards. Asteras are facing Veria and Iraklis in the last two games of the season, right after Xanthi, so the chances to fall victims to a mega-surprise and find themselves below the relegation line are super thin.
Xanthi’s 3-0 home win on Wednesday against Panetolikos, temporarily pushed them higher than AEK, but the Athens side beat Platanias on Thursday, and regained fifth position. Xanthi have two points less than AEK with three matches to go, and given that AEK are hosting Kerkyra this weekend, it’s imperative for Xanthi to win and stay within striking distance, hoping for an AEK slip-up in their last two games. Coach Lucescu considers this game against Asteras the toughest of the ones left in the season, and chose attacking midfielder Kamara to serve his two-match suspension due to cards in the games against Larissa and Veria, so as to have him available in this particular game. Good news for Xanthi is that both Lisgaras and Baxevanidis (important in their defense/midfield) are available to play, and even better news is that whatever problem there was with Tunisian Younes, is history. Not only he played against Panetolikos, but he also scored their first two goals.
Asteras Tripolis vs Xanthi: Head-to-head Stats
One win for Asteras and two draws in their last three games in Tripoli. What’s interesting is that both teams have scored in all those three games.
Asteras Tripolis vs Xanthi: Prediction
Asteras are back, but Xanthi need the win like crazy. AEK should beat Kerkyra, so if Xanthi are left with just a draw at Tripoli, they will be four points behind fifth-placed AEK, with just two games remaining. Winning at Asteras is a must for Xanthi. Super tough to predict how this game with go, but everything considered, despite Asteras being seen by betting companies as favourites to win, I’m backing Xanthi not to lose.
Asteras Tripolis vs Xanthi: Tips
‘Draw or Xanthi’ doesn’t pay that well, but it could be a good add-on if you combine it with a bet on another game. Leaving winners and losers aside, I expect both teams to score, something that pays better than ‘draw or Xanthi’.
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