Platanias in search of the first home win
Home is supposed to be the strong point of all teams involved in relegation battle in Super League and so far Platanias is not doing well in it. Today they will try to get their first win against Xanthi, an opponent that is not doing so well when playing away either. The preview and betting picks:
Analysis: Platanias – Skoda Xanthi
Platanias was defeated in the last home match from Asteras Tripolis (0-1) after a late goal of Barrales at 87’. The truth is they did not deserve to lose but they paid the price of not turning any of their chances (attempts 11-8) into a goal. The experience of their opponent made the difference for the outcome of the match. Coach Christopoulos had almost three weeks to work on the weaknesses of his team and a new negative result is out of the question at this point.
Injured: Peristeridis (GK/2), Nepliakh (DEF/5/1 assist), Berrian (FWD/1)
Xanthi comes from draw in the last away match against Panionios (1-1). Their early goal at 7’ (Kapetanos) was answered very quickly by the home team (33’ Kolovos, penalty kick). Fliskas was sent off at that minute and Xanthi spent the rest of the game holding the pressure of Panionios (attempts 23-10). The new coach of the club, Răzvan Lucescu, was present at Nea Smyrni that day but only to watch his new team. The break the best thing that could happen to Xanthi and today Lucescu will have his debut at the bench.
Banned: Fliskas (MID/5)
Injured: Kyriakidis (GK/5), Komessidis (DEF/3), Triadis (FWD/0), Rudy (FWD/2)
Betting Pick: Both to score @ 1.90
Platanias is not reliable at home (0W-0D-3L, goals 2-8) and the main reason for it is they have not found the way to be in control. This explains why their away stats are way better (1W-0D-1L, goals 3-1). Xanthi is a dangerous and experienced club and the change at their bench is expected to motivate the players. This is why I expect to see goals from both sides.
I believe it is pointless to look for the winner when the option of Over 2.5 goals @ 2.15 can keep us safe.