Xanthi vs Lamia
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 9 February 2019
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
What a boring match that was between OFI and Xanthi last weekend in Crete… None of the two looked even slightly willing to take a risk and try win the game, so they settled for a point each, even though that result wasn’t particularly good for any of the two. Xanthi dropped 8th in the Super League table, seeing both Aris and Panetolikos win their games. They are still close to 5th-placed Aris, the gap between the two is four points, there are many games left, but Xanthi need to up their game, especially offensively. In three matches in 2019, they are yet to score(!). They conceded just once, but that was to Aris at home, a painful 0-1 defeat.
Lamia’s game midweek against Olympiakos at home, a Greece Cup quarterfinal, was… exactly the opposite to what Xanthi and OFI offered fans last weekend. Lamia played their part in producing a memorable 3-3. The final result gives the Piraeus side an advantage ahead of the return leg, but there is no doubt the game left a lot of positives for Lamia as well; they looked competitive against one of the two hottest teams in the country, and avoided defeat by scoring three goals. Actually, they feel they should have won, as Olympiakos’ second goal shouldn’t have counted, the ball had gone out in the build-up, before the goal. Last weekend they lost 0-2 to Panetolikos at home. Only leaders PAOK had beaten them in Lamia this season before last weekend. Twenty points have them 11th in the table, close to the relegation line.
Previous five matches:
OFI Crete vs Xanthi 0-0
Xanthi vs Aris 0-1
Panetolikos vs Xanthi 0-0
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Xanthi 3-1
Xanthi vs Atromitos 2-1
Lamia vs Olympiakos Piraeus 3-3
Lamia vs Panetolikos 0-2
Lamia vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-1
Lamia vs Atromitos 2-1
Panathinaikos vs Lamia 1-0
Xanthi are visiting Larissa next weekend. Lamia will be visiting OFI (both Super League matches).
Xanthi vs Lamia: Head to head Stats
Xanthi have hosted Lamia just once before, in a goalless draw in 2017.
Xanthi vs Lamia: Prediction
Lamia played a highly demanding game on Wednesday, while hosts Xanthi had a whole week to get ready for this match…
Xanthi vs Lamia: Betting Tips
Xanthi haven’t scored in three games in 2019, but they simply can’t afford to fail in this match. I’m risking with their win, at 1.97. For more than that, I would try “Xanthi and under 2.5 goals”, at 3.15.