2017/18 Superleague schedule released
On Thursday, the 2017/18 Greek Superleague schedule was released.
On Thursday, the 2017/18 Superleague draw took place and shortly thereafter, the schedule for the new season was released. The first matchday will take place on the weekend of August 19th with both Olympiacos and AEK playing host in closed stadiums to Larissa and Panetolikos, respectively, while PAOK travel to Levadiakos and Panathinaikos go to Crete to play Platanias.
Derbies were avoided on the opening or final matchdays, however there will be a derby on the second to last matchday between Panathinaikos and PAOK in Athens. The first derby will take place on Matchday 5 when AEK host Olympiacos at the OAKA stadium. AEK will serve a 3 match closed stadium ban in the Superleague or Cup matches and as it stands now, AEK will host Olympiacos in an empty stadium. However, if AEK give a Cup match at home before matchday 5 of the Superleague, they will host Olympiacos at the OAKA with fans.
Next up will be Olympiacos - PAOK in Piraeus on matchday 8 which will be held with fans at the Karaiskakis stadium after the appeals court dismissed Olympiacos' three match closed stadium for the incidents against Platanias.
One week later, the derby of the eternal enemies will take place on matchday 9 at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium. The derbies will continue on matchday 10 and 11 when AEK host PAOK and a week later the Kitrinomavri travel to the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium to face Panathinaikos.
PAOK will be considered the lucky ones in the draw as they will play all their home derbies with fans, despite facing a seven game closed stadium ban next season. Their first home derby will be on Matchday 14 when they host Panathinaikos. The return fixture in Athens could be an exciting one as it will be held on the second to last matchday
All the derbies:
Matchday 5 and 20: AEK - Olympiacos
Matchday 8 and 23: Olympiacos - PAOK
Matchday 9 and 24: Panathinaikos - Olympiacos
Matchday 10 and 25: AEK - PAOK
Matchday 11 and 26: Panathinaikos - AEK
Matchday 14 and 29: PAOK - Panathinaikos
The full schedule can be found here.