Xanthi vs OFI
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 23 September 2018
Kick-off: 15:00 CET
Xanthi hosted Panetolikos last weekend, they wanted to score their first goal and celebrate their first victory in the Super League this season, they succeeded in the first, failed in the second. Zivko Zivkovic, their goalkeeper, committed a huge mistake that pretty much gave Panetolikos the lead in the 21st minute. Xanthi equalized before the end of the first half from the penalty spot, Zivkovic had a big save later, sort of redeeming himself, and the game ended 1-1, a poor result for Xanthi. They are on two points from three matches, with two of those having been at home. Right winger Vasilis Fasidis had to undergo surgery to deal – for good – with an injury problem. As for Zivkovic, Xanthi’s coach, Milan Rastavac, told reporters he is backing his goalkeeper, despite his major mistake last weekend.
OFI took the lead last weekend at home against PAOK, it was the 21st minute, but they were 1-2 down by halftime, and actually, they were lucky early in the match to not have a penalty given against them, when there was still no score. They ended up losing 1-3, but either way, against PAOK, their chances of getting something out of that match were very few, to start with. It was their first home game in the Super League in four years, and their fans made sure to create a fantastic atmosphere. OFI are on one point from three matches, thanks to that 2-2 draw at Panionios on their debut. They have scored in all three games thus far, but have conceded seven(!) goals.
Previous five matches:
Xanthi vs Panetolikos 1-1
Atromitos vs Xanthi 0-0
Xanthi vs Panathinaikos 0-1
Xanthi vs Iraklis 1-1
Xanthi vs AEL Larissa 1-1
OFI vs PAOK 1-3
Panetolikos vs OFI 2-1
Panionios vs OFI 2-2
OFI vs Ergotelis 2-1
OFI vs Panachaiki 0-0
The two teams are meeting again midweek in the Greece Cup.
Xanthi vs OFI: Head to head Stats
Xanthi have six wins in a row at home over OFI, starting in 2011.
Xanthi vs OFI: Prediction
Very interesting… couple; Xanthi’s three matches thus far had a combined three goals, and OFI’s… 11(!). I’m leaving winners and losers aside, I’m betting on goals in this match.
Xanthi vs OFI: Betting Tips
“Under 2.5 goals” is at 1.50, not particularly tempting, so I’m risking with “under 1.5”, at 2.50, expecting Xanthi to continue looking… problematic offensively, and solid defensively. “No” on “both teams to score” is at 1.66.