Platanias vs Xanthi
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 26 August 2017
Kick-off: 18:15 CET
Platanias’ double chance last weekend in their home game against Panathinaikos on the opening day of the new Super League season was at over 1.80, I explained in that preview why I preferred it to Panathinaikos’ win, and the hosts did end up earning a draw, despite going down in the 72nd minute. Korovesis was sent in from the bench in the 76th minute, and three minutes later he scored Platanias’ equalizer, practically with his first touch of the ball. A very positive start for the modest Cretan side, who hope to improve on their either way surprisingly good last season.
Xanthi were the much better team at home last weekend when they hosted newly-promoted Lamia, but, at the end of the day, what matters is scoring, and Xanthi failed to make at least one of their chances really count. Coach Milan Rastavac doesn’t have 31-year-old Croatian left winger Goran Roce at his disposal. The former NK Istra player is recovering from an injury. Young center-forward Nikos Sampanidis is also unavailable due to injury, but even if he was at Rastavac’s disposal, his chances to be included in the starting lineup were very slim.
Previous 5 matches:
Platanias vs Panathinaikos 1-1
Platanias vs Hapoel Ashkelon 1-0
Atromitos vs Platanias 4-1
Platanias vs PAOK 1-3
Panionios vs Platanias 1-1
Xanthi vs Lamia 0-0
Larissa vs Xanthi 1-1
Xanthi vs Larissa 0-0
Xanthi vs Apollon Smirnis 1-1
Xanthi vs Panserraikos 3-2
Next game for Platanias is at Levadiakos, after the international break. Xanthi will be hosting Olympiakos.
Platanias vs Xanthi: Head to head Stats
Four wins for Platanias and just one for Xanthi in the last fives games between these two in Crete. Three of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Platanias vs Xanthi: Prediction
Last weekend, Platanias were outsiders, but I backed them to avoid defeat, and they did just that. This time they are considered relatively clear favorites to win, but personally I’m backing Xanthi to leave Crete undefeated.
Platanias vs Xanthi: Betting Tips
Xanthi’s double chance pays 1.65. Draw alone, which I consider much more probable than a Xanthi win, is at 2.95 betting odds, which goes even higher if you combine it with ‘under 2.5 goals’.
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