OFI Crete vs Ergotelis
Competition: Greece Cup
Date: 24 January 2019
Kick-off: 16:15 CET
Who would have thought… On Sunday, OFI Crete beat Panetolikos 3-0 at home. Next morning, their – former – coach, Nikos Papadopoulos, was gone. Why? Because during halftime on Sunday, he had a serious argument with Panetolikos’ assistant coach, during which, Papadopoulos appeared to punch(!) him. He later apologized, but… it was too late. Instead of trying to find an excuse for their coach, OFI did what to many felt like not just the best, but the only decent thing to do, they let him off, not wanting to be associated with a coach who… punches opponents. Nikos Karabetakis will be in charge in this match, as an interim coach. OFI are reported to be looking for a foreigner to take the job full-time. Two weeks ago they were considered big favorites to beat Ergotelis in the first leg, but I backed the Football League (second division) side to earn at least a draw (their double chance was at 2.02), and they did, 1-1. That away goal has given OFI an advantage, though.
Ergotelis are after a mini miracle. They are 5th in the Football League, and are facing a team that are 12th in the Super League, a team (OFI) that definitely have a much better roster. After that 1-1 at home, Ergotelis lost to Iraklis in Thessaloniki, and beat Aittitos Spata last weekend at home. They have to score, they simply have to score, which they have done in their last six matches in both competitions, the Cup and the Football League. On the other hand, they have conceded in all their last 11 matches, and especially away from home against a Super League side, it’s hard to imagine them keeping a clean sheet.
Previous five matches:
OFI Crete vs Panetolikos 3-0
OFI Crete vs Panionios 1-1
Ergotelis vs OFI Crete 1-1
Kerkyra vs OFI Crete 0-3
Asteras Tripolis vs OFI Crete 2-1
Ergotelis vs Aittitos Spata 3-1
Iraklis vs Ergotelis 2-1
Ergotelis vs OFI 1-1
Ergotelis vs Apollon Larissa 1-2
Ergotelis vs Panachaiki 2-1
OFI’s next game is at PAOK, on Sunday (Super League). Same day, Ergotelis will be visiting Karaiskakis (Football League).
OFI Crete vs Ergotelis: Head to head Stats
Last year, OFI beat Ergotelis 4-2 as hosts. Four years earlier, in 2014, they had beaten them 1-0.
OFI Crete vs Ergotelis: Prediction
Two weeks ago, I backed Ergotelis to avoid defeat. They did. This time, I’m strongly backing OFI to win, and obviously, to qualify.
OFI Crete vs Ergotelis: Betting Tips
A simple OFI win is at 1.67, which is actually more than what I expected. For more than that, if you find it, my tip is “OFI and over 1.5”, at 2.22.