Xanthi vs Veria
Competition: Greek Super League
Date: 30 April 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
Xanthi tried and tried to stay close to the top five, but with just one win in their last six games there was just no way they could keep up with AEK, who were their main rivals for the fifth spot, the lowest one that leads to the play-offs. In this game they will be without five players. Centre-back Aristotelis Karasalidis and attacking midfielder Marcos Pinheiro Pizzelli got injured last weekend against Larissa, while defensive midfielder Khassa Camara, right-back Dimosthenis Baxevanidis and left-back Wallace are suspended. Despite not finishing in the top five, the season can be called successful for Xanthi, given that as a club they have not reached the point of considering their Europa League participation as a ‘minimum accomplishment’. Finishing sixth is still great for them.
Veria have won three of their last five games, while they had won just two games before that since August, but those nine points they picked up the last five weeks weren’t enough to keep them in the Super League. Coach Dostanic has been facing a health issue, and has already left Greece, having failed to keep the team in the top flight, something, though, that is not really his fault, since he only took charge earlier in 2017, and not at the beginning of the season. Veria have six straight losses away from home, scoring just once. Before that, they had managed to pick up five points on the road, winning once, and drawing twice.
Xanthi vs Veria: Head-to-head Stats
Xanthi and Veria drew the last two times they played in Xanthi, 1-1 and 2-2, both times in 2015.
Xanthi vs Veria: Prediction
Xanthi should win, and Younes should score. He has been the best Xanthi had to show for this whole season, and a goal on the last day would be the cherry on top for him.
Xanthi vs Veria: Tips
Xanthi’s win pays 1.50, not really tempting. Given how poor Veria have looked practically the whole season away from home, for something more than 1.50 I would go with a Xanthi win keeping a clean sheet, which pays 3.10.