Xanthi vs Apollon Smyrnis
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 21 April 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
What a game for Xanthi… Their defeat at Olympiakos last weekend was the fourth in a row, so for four game weeks now they have been… stuck at 29 points, while teams below them in the table had been adding little by little to their tally. Xanthi are finding themselves just one point ahead of 13th-placed OFI, the team that if the season were over today would be going through playoffs to avoid relegation, and two ahead of 14th-placed PAS Giannina, the first team right below the – direct – relegation line. Xanthi are hosting the weakest team in the league, which means this is their best-best chance to earn all three points, and boost their chances of staying in the Super League. In two weeks, on the last day of the season, they will be visiting Aris, a better team than them, so… they simply cannot afford to drop any points this weekend.
Apollon Smyrnis’ coach congratulated his players for their effort last weekend, after the end of their match at home versus Panetolikos, but… that effort was not enough to save Apollon from yet another defeat. It was their fourth in a row, and seventh in their last eight matches (they have a draw as well). Apollon were the first team to get relegated mathematically, they have known for quite some time now that next season they will be playing in the second division. A few days ago, the coach, Lefteris Velentzas, the new president, journalist and… cult TV persona Giorgos Georgiou, and the main shareholder of the club, Panagiotis Monemvasiotis, got together, and talked in length about what has to be done the coming summer, so that the team have real chances of returning to the Super League as soon as possible.
Previous five matches:
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Xanthi 4-0
Xanthi vs AEK Athens 1-3
Xanthi vs PAOK 1-2
Panionios vs Xanthi 1-0
Xanthi vs Asteras Tripolis 0-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs Panetolikos 0-1
Atromitos vs Apollon Smyrnis 1-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs Panathinaikos 1-3
Aris vs Apollon Smyrnis 5-0
Apollon Smyrnis vs OFI Crete 0-0
Xanthi are visiting Aris in two weeks. Apollon will be hosting Lamia (both Super League matches).
Xanthi vs Apollon Smyrnis: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Xanthi in as many games at home versus Apollon the last five and half years. Before that, they had not hosted them since 2000.
Xanthi vs Apollon Smyrnis: Prediction
If Xanthi fail to win this game, they should… voluntarily walk away from the championship, not play their last match in two weeks, and announce officially that they don’t deserve to be a Super League team next season. They simply CANNOT afford not to win this game, simple as that.
Xanthi vs Apollon Smyrnis: Betting Tips
A Xanthi win pays close to nothing. Combined with “under 2.5 goals” though, it pays a handsome 2.75.