Olympiakos vs Lamia
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 16 December 2018
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Hat off to Olympiakos Piraeus for what they did on Thursday; they hosted AC Milan in the Europa League, they needed not just to beat them, but to do so by at least two goals, and that’s exactly what they did(!). The game was at 0-0 until the 60th minute, nine later Olympiakos were 2-0 up (their second goal was scored by a Milan player), the Italian side made it 2-1 right away (Cristian Zapata, the guy who had scored the own-goal, got it right this time), but Olympiakos won a penalty in the 81st minute, and didn’t let the chance go wasted. Big win, huge win for Olympiakos, who will be the only Greek team still playing international football after the winter break, sort of… showing Super League leaders (but huge flops in the Europa League) PAOK how it’s done. In the championship, they dropped the ball last weekend at Xanthi, drawing 1-1. Winger Daniel Podence got sent-off late in that match, and is unavailable this weekend. Olympiakos are third in the table, on 27 points, eight behind leaders PAOK).
Lamia’s mission at AEK Athens last weekend was either way going to be super tough, but they sort of made it even tougher themselves; they conceded very early, in the first 15 minutes, and seconds into the second half a player of theirs scored an own-goal. They lost 2-0, their third defeat in a row, without scoring. Before that, they had back-to-back goalless draws, meaning that they have now gone without scoring a goal in five matches. They are 13th in the table, on 11 points. Center-forward Jerónimo Barrales is out due to cards.
Previous five matches:
Olympiakos Piraeus vs AC Milan 3-1
Xanthi vs Olympiakos Piraeus 1-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Panetolikos 2-1
Betis vs Olympiakos Piraeus 1-0
Atromitos vs Olympiakos Piraeus 1-2
AEK Athens vs Lamia 2-0
Lamia vs PAOK 0-1
Panionios vs Lamia 1-0
Lamia vs Asteras Tripolis 0-0
PAS Giannina vs Lamia 0-0
Olympiakos’ next game is at Aris Avato on Wednesday. Lamia will be visiting Apollon Larissa on Thursday (both Greece Cup matches).
Olympiakos vs Lamia: Head to head Stats
Olympiakos hosted Lamia back in January, first time ever, and beat them 2-0.
Olympiakos vs Lamia: Prediction
Olympiakos have played seven games at home thus far this season in the Super League, and have won comfortably only one, a 5-0 over PAS Giannina. Usually, when they win, even having much weaker sides opposite them, they suffer, having needed added-time goals twice to earn all three points. Another added-time goal saved them from losing to Panathinaikos, and they have lost to PAOK. My point is, yes, they are the much-much bigger team here, but their… dubious previous “accomplishments” at home this season cannot be overlooked. Even so, given that they are hosting a team that hasn’t scored in their last five matches, they should win.
Olympiakos vs Lamia: Betting Tips
A simple Olympiakos win pays close to nothing. I would combine it with “under 2.5 goals”, at 2.50, first because they have struggled in many home games this season, and second because Lamia are a tough nut to break, and have conceded a combined four goals in their last five games.