Xanthi vs Olympiakos Piraeus
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 9 December 2018
Kick-off: 14:30 CET
Third defeat in a row for Xanthi last weekend, at AEK Athens, 2-0, third consecutive loss without scoring a single goal in all three matches. That’s something that hadn’t happened to Xanthi since the 2011-2012 season. Actually, back then, their bad streak had lasted six game weeks. Coach Milan Rastavac was waiting until late to see if defensive midfielder Pablo de Lucas and winger Vasilis Fasidis would be available. Both dealt with injury problems this past week. Xanthi have fallen 7th in the Super League table, on 18 points, They need to bounce back, but they are hosting a very strong rival, who have won the vast majority of their matches in Xanthi the last 6-7 years.
Olympiakos Piraeus need to… forget about the upcoming Europa League game against AC Milan for two hours, in Xanthi, so as to stay as close as possible to Super League leaders PAOK. Their 2-1 win over Panetolikos last weekend pushed them second in the table, as Atromitos shot their own foot drawing with Apollon Smyrnis. Olympiakos are third in their EL group, and they need to beat Milan by two goals in order to qualify for the last 32 of the competition. Winger Daniel Podence got injured at a training session midweek, and has been ruled out. He is doubtful for the Europa League game as well. That’s a blow to Olympiakos, as the Portuguese is an important piece of the red and white squad.
Previous five matches:
AEK Athens vs Xanthi 2-0
PAOK vs Xanthi 2-0
Xanthi vs Panionios 0-1
Asteras Tripolis vs Xanthi 0-1
Kerkyra vs Xanthi 0-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Panetolikos 2-1
Betis vs Olympiakos Piraeus 1-0
Atromitos vs Olympiakos Piraeus 1-2
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Panathinaikos 1-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Dudelange 5-1
Xanthi are visiting Apollon Smyrnis next weekend (Super League). Olympiakos are hosting AC Milan on Thursday (Europa League).
Xanthi vs Olympiakos Piraeus: Head to head Stats
Last season, Xanthi and Olympiakos drew 1-1 with the former as hosts. Before that, the Piraeus side had won five games in a row in Xanthi.
Xanthi vs Olympiakos Piraeus: Prediction
I wish I trusted Xanthi to earn something from this game, their double chance pays much-much better than Olympiakos’ win, but I don’t (trust them).
Xanthi vs Olympiakos Piraeus: Betting Tips
A simple Olympiakos win is at 1.61. Xanthi have been pathetic offensively in three games now, and even before that, they had been struggling with scoring. “Olympiakos to win and keep a clean sheet” is at 2.30. Their clean sheet alone is at 1.83.