Lamia vs Xanthi
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 1 October 2018
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Lamia played their part in producing a memorable game last weekend, or, to be more exact, a 20-minute period towards the end of the match at Panetolikos, that those who watched it, will remember it for a long time. They were 1-0 down until the 74th minute, when Epstein made it 1-1. Panetolikos took the lead again in the 88th minute. Lamia answered back again, at the end of added time, missing a penalty, but having Adejo pick up the… rebound and send the ball in. It was Lamia’s first point in the Super League this season, after three consecutive defeats. Plus, they had scored just one goal in their three defeats, but… somehow scored twice in less than 20 minutes in Agrinio. Elini Dimoutsos is back from suspension, and expected to start. Giannis Skondras substituted him last weekend, but he too is expected to start, moving back to his… natural right-back position.
Xanthi celebrated their first win this season last weekend, when they hosted OFI. They had scored just one goal in their first three matches in the Super League, but scored three times past the Cretan side, two of those in the first half. Midweek, they hosted the same team in a Greece Cup match, which ended in a goalless draw. On five points from four matches in the championship, having played three of those at home, Xanthi cannot feel satisfied with how they have done thus far. Coach Milan Rastavac worked on the… mental part as well, this last week, talking to his players, underlying the need to look more aggressive, especially against teams like Lamia, a team weaker than Xanthi.
Previous five matches:
Panetolikos vs Lamia 2-2
Atromitos vs Lamia 1-0
Panathinaikos vs Lamia 3-1
Lamia vs Aris 0-3
Lamia vs Apollon Smyrnis 0-1
Xanthi vs OFI 0-0
Xanthi vs OFI 3-0
Xanthi vs Panetolikos 1-1
Atromitos vs Xanthi 0-0
Xanthi vs Panathinaikos 0-1
Lamia’s next game is again at home, next Sunday, versus OFI. A day later, Xanthi will be hosting AEL Larissa (both Super League matches).
Lamia vs Xanthi: Head to head Stats
Lamia have hosted Xanthi just once before, earlier this year, and lost 0-1.
Lamia vs Xanthi: Prediction
The hosts are considered slight favorites to win the game, but I’m backing Xanthi to earn least a point in Lamia.
Lamia vs Xanthi: Betting Tips
Xanthi’s win in “draw no bet” is at 1.95, and their double chance at 1.45. Despite Lamia’s two goals last weekend, I would bet on Xanthi’s clean sheet, at 2.50, considering those two Lamia goals an “accident”, something out of the ordinary, not expecting them to score in a second consecutive game.