Panetolikos vs Xanthi
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 26 January 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Panetolikos lost 3-0 at OFI last weekend, conceding the last two goals after the 71st minute, when their goalkeeper got sent-off for touching the ball with his hand outside his box. It wasn’t really that clear, and Panetolikos made sure to express their… anger after the match, in an official way; they asked the Greek FA to pick foreign referees for all their remaining matches. Up to now, foreign referees have officiated derbies between top teams, it was agreed at the end of last season, and the refs who were chosen did an overall good job. Panetolikos feel the Greek referees are either bad or… have suspicious motives, and made it very clear they don’t want another Greek referee until the end of the season. For the record, their… demand was ignored, at least this week. Panetolikos are 8th in the Super League table, on 22 points from 16 matches.
“Talking” of referees, Xanthi won last weekend, at home, 2-1 over Atromitos, thanks to a ridiculous refereeing mistake. Midweek, they lost 3-1 at Olympiakos, getting eliminated in the Cup. Milan Rastavac, Xanthi’s coach, admitted after the final whistle that Olympiakos were superior. Xanthi are 7th in the table, on 23 points, right above Panetolikos, so the least they are after this weekend is a point. Fifth-placed Panathinaikos are also on 23 points, so are Aris, so there are several teams after that fifth spot, that should, under normal circumstances, give a Europe League qualifiers ticket at the end of the season.
Previous five matches:
OFI Crete vs Panetolikos 3-0
Atromitos vs Panetolikos 2-2
OF Ierapetra vs Panetolikos 0-0
Aris vs Panetolikos 1-2
Panetolikos vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Xanthi 3-1
Xanthi vs Atromitos 2-1
Panathinaikos vs Xanthi 2-2
Xanthi vs Olympiakos Piraeus 0-0
Niki Volos vs Xanthi 1-0
Panetolikos are hosting Panathinaikos on Wednesday. Xanthi will be hosting Aris on Thursday (both Super League matches).
Panetolikos vs Xanthi: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Panetolikos (more than five years ago), two for Xanthi as well (much more recently), and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Agrinio.
Panetolikos vs Xanthi: Prediction
Unlike Xanthi, Panetolikos didn’t play midweek, didn’t travel either. They are considered favorites to win the game, but I have my doubts.
Panetolikos vs Xanthi: Betting Tips
I’m leaving winners and losers aside. “Both teams to score” is at 2.12, my main tip. The same combined with Panetolikos’ double chance, pays 2.75. I seriously doubt the hosts will lose, but I am hesitant to back them to win, and I don’t expect them to keep a clean sheet.