Kick-off: 1900, 02/08/2018
Stadium: Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium
Hibs pulled off an heroic comeback in the first leg of their Europa League clash with Asteras Tripolis but may find life tough in the return fixture.
Neil Lennon’s side will take a slender 3-2 lead to Greece and their opponents have an impressive record at Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium.
We’re siding with the hosts to prevail at 4/5 this time as our initial Asteras Tripolis vs Hibs prediction.
A Look At Asteras Tripolis’ Betting Odds
Georgios Kyriakopoulos hit a first-half brace to put Asteras in control of this tie at Easter Road, only for Hibs to rally bravely after the break.
Efe Ambrose and David Gray restored parity and Florian Kamberi capped a memorable night after the Greeks had Triantafyllos Pasalidis dismissed.
However, Asteras are unlikely to sit back on home turf if again getting in front, given their domestic form here last term.
Asteras moved up from 13th to fifth in the Greek Super League, with eight of their 12 victories coming at this venue.
Champions AEK Athens were beaten 2-0 at Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium, while second-placed PAOK Salonika went down 3-2.
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Hibs boss Lennon was naturally delighted with the way his team responded to falling behind in Edinburgh.
He said: “I’m really proud of the team, they showed tremendous character, because they could easily have given up the ghost.
“They have a bit about them, this team. The tie is back in the balance and could still go either way.
“I know what it’s like away in Europe, it’s tough, but it was a tremendous effort from the players.”
However, the defensive frailties displayed in a previous 6-4 triumph over part-timers NSI Runavik in the Faroe Islands were again evident for all to see.
Lennon will not be able to return to the dugout in Greece after being handed an extended touchline ban and that will leave his team even more vulnerable.
We’re finishing off our Asteras Tripolis vs Hibs betting tips by taking 25/2 for a 3-1 home win.
HIBS 3-2 ASTERAS TRIPOLIS – Efe Ambrose, David Gray, Florian Kamberi + Georgios Kyriakopoulos (2)
Previous head-to-head: N/A
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