PAS Giannina vs Xanthi
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 2 March 2019
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
PAS Giannina started last weekend sitting 13th in the table, on 20 points. They stayed there, losing at Panetolikos, but their situation today is worse than a week ago, because Levadiakos won their game, and are now just one point behind PAS. Giannina are playing with fire, they have been for weeks and weeks now, ever since it was made clear that their bad start of the season was not down to… bad luck, there was something seriously wrong with the team. Their roster was good, but… somehow, the presence of several new players made things hard. They failed to… become a proper team, progress was slow and scarce, so… here they are, early March, flirting with relegation(!).
Xanthi’s players were left in disbelief last weekend, seeing Levadiakos score in the 90th minute, leaving the pitch with all three points. Xanthi were hosting a team below the relegation zone, it was a game they were “supposed” to win, they were “supposed” to be on 30 points today, close to the teams fighting to finish 5th, but… they just lacked the proper attitude. It wasn’t just they; weather was bad, but even so, 188 tickets was just… pathetic. Xanthi sold less tickets than in any other home match the last five years, I repeat, 188. It’s not an excuse for Xanthi’s players, they are professionals who should have done a better job against a weak opponent, but… imagine coming out of the dressing room to play a “must-win” match, only to see less than 200 people on the stands…
Previous five matches:
Panetolikos vs PAS Giannina 1-0
PAS Giannina vs Atromitos 0-2
PAS Giannina vs Panathinaikos 1-0
Aris vs PAS Giannina 1-0
PAOK vs PAS Giannina 2-1
Xanthi vs Levadiakos 0-1
AEL Larissa vs Xanthi 0-0
Xanthi vs Lamia 0-0
OFI Crete vs Xanthi 0-0
Xanthi vs Aris 0-1
Giannina are visiting Lamia next weekend. Xanthi will be hosting Asteras Tripolis (both Super League matches).
PAS Giannina vs Xanthi: Head to head Stats
One PAS victory and four draws(!) in the last five games between these two in Giannina.
PAS Giannina vs Xanthi: Prediction
I wouldn’t bet on this game. I don’t trust any of the two teams, and “under 2.5 goals” pays way-way too little (1.36!).
PAS Giannina vs Xanthi: Betting Tips
If I absolutely had to choose something to bet on this game, I would go for “under 1.5”, at 2.17. Five out of Xanthi’s last six matches have stayed “under 1.5”. and Giannina have scored one goal in their last four games.