AEK and Olympiacos in derby date
(Matchday 5 Preview)
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 5
|Date||Home Team||Time||Away Team|
|23-Sep-17||Apollon Smyrnis||9:00 AM||Platanias|
|24-Sep-17||PAOK||9:00 AM||PAS Giannina|
|25-Sep-17||Xanthi||12:30 PM||Asteras Tripolis|
Matchday 5 of the 2017/18 Champions’ League features the first major derby of the season.
AEK and Olympiacos do battle on Sunday night at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. The AGONAsport Match of the Week, this derby will have real bearing on the early tone of the title race. A victory could leaders AEK five points clear of the 7-time defending champions, while an Olympiacos victory could see normal service resumed as far as Super League domination goes.
The weekend schedule kicks off with a trio of matches on Saturday. The early kick-off has Apollon Smyrni and Platanias both seeking their first win of the season. The two sides have had problems scoring, combining for only three goals total on the season.
Later on in the day, Atromitos host Lamia. The visitors have made a decent start to life in the top-flight and appear to have strong belief in staying up. Atromitos have drawn their first four matches to start the season and will surely want to put one up in the win column against the newly-promoted side.
Panathinaikos have reeled off two straight victories in the league and cup this week. The Prasini will try to keep that momentum going with an away trip to Panetolikos. The Agrinio side haven’t made the strongest start to the season and would like nothing more than to grab their first victory of the season on Saturday.
Sunday’s derby highlight the day’s fixtures, but before that there are three other matches. PAOK begin the day with a home fixture against PAS Giannina. Despite a fairly unimpressive start to their season, PAOK could still go top of the table depending on the derby result. PAS are undefeated thus far, having won once and drawing three times in their four matches.
Tied for second in the table, Panionios will take on bottom club Larisa in Nea Smyrni. Panionios have begun the season well once again and will certainly feel already that they can seriously challenge for a European place. Larisa meanwhile have lost their first two away matches by big margins and will want to see improvement quickly.
On Monday, Matchday 5 is brought to a close with the game between Xanthi and Asteras Tripolis. Asteras haven’t been very good thus far at home, but they have picked up two away draws so far. Xanthi on the other hand, haven’t won at home in their first two matches so will be looking to change that on Monday evening.