Do not underestimate Xanthi
Panetolikos and Xanthi have improved lately and, if they keep up like they do, it is certain they will climb some more in the standings. The home team will be after the second consecutive home win but the experience of Xanthi in Super League must not be underestimated. Especially now they are more confident. The preview and betting picks:
Analysis: Panetolikos – Xanthi
Panetolikos comes from a home win against Panthrakikos (3-1) which was not as easy as the final score shows. The early goal of Moreno (13’) gave them the lead but Panthrakikos added pressure, they had an attempt at the bar (34’) and scored the equalizer at 60’. Moreno scored again at 74’ (penalty kick) and locked the win with his third goal at 86’. Until the last goal, Pantrakikos had good chances for a second equalizer. In the midweek match for the Cup, Panetolikos was defeated from Panathinaikos (3-1 away) and they ended any hopes for qualifying in the next round.
Banned: Koussas (DEF/7/1 goal)
Injured: Theodoridis (MID/4/1 assist), Vassiliou (FWD/2)
Xanthi comes from an easy home win against Niki Volou (2-0). Their opponent concentrated on defense but the players of Lucesku scored at 47’ (Cleyton) and 54’ (Soltani) to get a fair win. Cleyton had an attempt at the bar at 83’. Xanthi also had a midweek away match against OFI (defeat 1-0) for the Greek Cup. They did not deserve to lose as they had better chances than their opponent. They were punished for not scoring at 84’ when OFI took the lead and they also had an attempt at the bar before the final whistle. Lucescu stated his team was punished for not winning 0-3 in halftime.
Injured: Kyriakidis (GK/5), Triadis (FWD/0)
Betting Pick: Both to score @ 2.10
The home strength of Panetolikos can make the difference here. Xanthi comes from three consecutive matches where they had a good number of attempts. It is obvious they have become more dangerous. The two teams come from positive results in Super League, they look more confident and I believe they will score at least once.
I hesitate to pick a winner but the option of a draw @ 3.20 is not bad at all. The scores I have in mind are 1-1 and 2-2.