Xanthi vs Panetolikos
Competition: Greece Super League
Date: 16 September 2018
Kick-off: 15:00 CET
Xanthi were rather… surprised by Panathinaikos on their Super League debut, losing at home. Just before the international break, they earned a “good” draw at Atromitos, but still, one point from two matches is less than what they had… calculated, before the season started. Coach Milan Rastavac doesn’t have three players at his disposal; attacking midfielder Petar Djurickovic is serving the last game of his ban for the red card he received against Panathinaikos, while right winger Brito and defensive midfielder Dimitris Meliopoulos remain injured (haven’t played yet this season). According to reports, the club owner and his closest associates are very troubled by how the team have looked in their first two games, but decided not to take action (fire the coach), at least until the next international break, next month.
Panetolikos started their Super League campaign losing at home to Atromitos. A week later, again at home, they beat newly-promoted OFI 2-1, but their coach, Traianos Dellas, was more than… sincere, admitting that it was a bad game, and all he “kept” from those 90 minutes were the three points. During the international break, the Agrinio club signed Argentinian left midfielder Adrián Lucero, a 33-year-old guy who has already spent years playing at other Greek clubs, plus, Alhassan Kamara, a 25-year-old center-forward from Sierra Leone, who last played for Swedish side Häcken. Interestingly, Kamara said his main motive to join Panetolikos was knowing the team’s coach; Dellas is an emblematic figure of Greek football, being one of the most prominent players in Euro 2004, when Greece won(!!!) the title in Portugal.
Previous five matches:
Atromitos vs Xanthi 0-0
Xanthi vs Panathinaikos 0-1
Xanthi vs Iraklis 1-1
Xanthi vs AEL Larissa 1-1
Xanthi vs Orfeas Xanthi 3-0
Panetolikos vs OFI 2-1
Panetolikos vs Atromitos 1-2
Panetolikos vs Kerkyra 2-1
Panetolikos vs Panachaiki 0-0
Panionios vs Panetolikos 1-0
Xanthi’s next game is again at home, next weekend, versus OFI. Panetolikos will be hosting Lamia (both Super League matches).
Xanthi vs Panetolikos: Head to head Stats
Xanthi have six wins in a row at home over Panetolikos, starting in 2013.
Xanthi vs Panetolikos: Prediction
The hosts are considered favorites to win the game, but I find it difficult to trust them. I prefer to bet on goals.
Xanthi vs Panetolikos: Betting Tips
Xanthi’s two Super League matches thus far, had just one goal; Panetolikos had six, going, both, over 2.5 goals. In this particular game, I’m going against the odds, choosing “over 2.5”, at 2.60, counting on Xanthi to score in the first 20-25 minutes, their first goal of the season. It’s mostly a hunch, backed, somewhat, by the fact that they do have players to “create game”, and just spent two weeks working on their weaknesses.