Xanthi vs Panetolikos
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 11 March 2018
Kick-off: 16:15 CET
Xanthi and Atromitos may be just one position away in the table, but when they visited them last weekend, I had little doubt Xanthi would lose, without even scoring. They lost indeed, 1-0, they did have a couple of good chances to score, but all in all Atromitos were better, and deserved all three points. Centre-back Christos Lisgaras is out due to cards, but other than him, Xanthi’s coach has his squad practically entirely at his disposal. They are 5th, level on points with two teams right below them, hoping that PAOK and AEK will play in the Cup final, that AEL Larissa won’t shock Greece’s football world eliminating AEK in the semis. The way things are going, even 5th will be good enough to give a Europa League qualifiers ticket.
Panetolikos were and they remain within striking distance from the 5th spot in the table, the one that could give a Europa League ticket, but the way they played last weekend at Apollon Smyrnis “told” me that they have set the bar lower than that. They had three wins in a row before traveling to Athens to face Apollon, but they lost 2-1 to a team below the relegation line, a team, though, that appeared much more motivated than Panetolikos. Traianos Dellas, Panetolikos’ coach, said that the key moment in that game last weekend was when Franco Mazurek had to leave the pitch, in the 27th minute, injured. According to Dellas, his team never managed to deal with that blow. So, is that it for Panetolikos? Is their great run over? You need to be in their dressing room to know for sure if they feel they have run out of steam or not. Personally, I don’t trust them to leave Xanthi undefeated.
Previous five matches:
Atromitos vs Xanthi 1-0
Xanthi vs Apollon Smyrnis 2-0
AEK Athens vs Xanthi 4-0
Xanthi vs Kerkyra 1-1
Asteras Tripolis vs Xanthi 1-1
Apollon Smyrnis vs Panetolikos 2-1
Panetolikos vs Kerkyra 1-0
Levadiakos vs Panetolikos 1-2
Panetolikos vs Platanias 3-0
Panathinaikos vs Panetolikos 0-0
Xanthi’s next game is at Panionios, next weekend. Panetolikos will be hosting PAS Giannina (both Greece Super League matches).
Xanthi vs Panetolikos: Head to head Stats
Xanthi have five wins in a row at home over Panetolikos, with four of those five matches gone over 2.5 goals.
Xanthi vs Panetolikos: Prediction
Xanthi have three wins and a draw at home in their last four games, against teams less strong than Panetolikos. I feel they have the motive though to win this game, even by just… half a goal.
Xanthi vs Panetolikos: Betting Tips
I’m suggesting Xanthi’s win, at 2.15, not without reservations, but… deep down, as previously mentioned, I expect them to score… half a goal more than Panetolikos and win the game.
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