Xanthi vs Aris
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 31 January 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Xanthi had to settle for a single point last weekend, when they visited Panetolikos. The two goalkeepers were the best players on the pitch, which gives you an idea how the match went, with both teams trying to win it, but failing to beat the men between the sticks. Xanthi remained 6th in the table, on 24 points, level with 5th-placed Panathinaikos. Be reminded, the 5th place in the final table should be good enough to earn a team a ticket to the Europa League qualifiers (depends what happens in the Cup). In their last home game, 10 days ago, Xanthi beat Atromitos 2-1, but for that to happen, they… needed the referee to make an unacceptable mistake, showing at the penalty spot in a case that no penalty existed.
Could Aris fire another coach (he wouldn’t be the first one this season) with less than two thirds of the Super League matches played? According to them, no, at least not now. After their 1-0 defeat at Levadiakos last weekend, rumors… made the circles, claiming that Savvas Pantelidis’ future at the club is uncertain. Aris denied that they are searching for another coach, but… only time will tell. The team were definitely poor in Livadia, and lost to a team that had just nine points from 16 matches. They have now earned just one point from their last three away games. Aris are 8th in the table, on 23 points, only one behind Xanthi, so a single big result (in this match) would make a big difference.
Previous five matches:
Panetolikos vs Xanthi 0-0
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Xanthi 3-1
Xanthi vs Atromitos 2-1
Panathinaikos vs Xanthi 2-2
Xanthi vs Olympiakos Piraeus 0-0
Levadiakos vs Aris 1-0
AEL Larissa vs Aris 0-0
Aris vs Lamia 1-0
Ergotelis vs Aris 3-2
Aris vs Panetolikos 1-2
Xanthi’s next game is at OFI, on Sunday. Same day, Aris will be hosting PAS Giannina (both Super League matches).
Xanthi vs Aris: Head to head Stats
Xanthi haven’t hosted Aris since 2013; back then, they beat them 2-0 in September. Five months earlier they had drawn without goals.
Xanthi vs Aris: Prediction
The hosts are considered slight favorites to win. At 2.65, I feel the risk (of betting on their victory) is worth it.
Xanthi vs Aris: Betting Tips
Xanthi’s win is my main bet (2.65). Combined with “under 3.5 goals”, it goes up to 2.90.I don’t like what I’ve seen from Aris this month, and I think that mentally the hosts have what it takes to… take care of this match, winning by even… half a goal.