BREAKDOWN: Superleague Title Race

BREAKDOWN: Superleague Title Race
 

With seven matches left in the 2016/17 Greek SuperLeague season, a title race has sprung from nowehere. Three straight defeats by one time runaway leaders Olympiacos means that two teams are now within single digits of the Erythrolefki. Panionios and PAOK have entered the fray with both sides defeating Olympiacos in recent weeks and enjoying superb form in 2017.

AGONAsport gives you the lowdown below with the standings, remaining matches, and analysis.


CURRENT STANDINGS (TOP 3)

Rank Team GP Points
1 Olympiacos 23 51
2 Panionios 23 45
3 PAOK 23 43

olympiacos
 

Remaining Matches:
Matchday 24: Atromitos (H)
Matchday 25: Panathinaikos (A)
Matchday 26: Platanias (H)
Matchday 27: Kerkyra (A)
Matchday 28: Levadiakos (A)
Matchday 29: PAS Giannina (H)
Matchday 30: Panetolikos (A)

Analysis: Despite being in disarray at the moment following their worst league run in over 20 years, this is still Olympiacos’ title to lose. On paper, they have the easiest schedule remaining of these three teams. The Piraeus side face only one top 6 team from their remaining seven matches, that on Matchday 25 in the derby against their eternal rivals Panathinaikos. 

While that will be a very difficult match, the remaining schedule is more straightforward and is comprised of matches against midtable sides and ones fighting relegation. That’s not to say it will be easy especially considering the team’s current form, however it would take a monumental collapse to lose the title it seems. Add to this the fact that the Erythrolefki’s main title rivals, Panionios and PAOK play each other on Matchday 25 and one or both will drop points only enhances Olympiacos’ prospects of securing another league title.


panionios
 

Remaining Matches:
Matchday 24: Larisa (H)
Matchday 25: PAOK (A)
Matchday 26: Atromitos (H)
Matchday 27: Panathinaikos (A)
Matchday 28: Platanias (H)
Matchday 29: Kerkyra (A)
Matchday 30: Levadiakos (H)

Analysis: Vladan Milojevic’s side surely don’t have it easy in their last seven fixtures. Big matches loom against PAOK and Panathinaikos and if Panionios are to stay in the race they will have to pick up wins away in those difficult fixtures. Hope is offered with two of their last three matches at home against the likes of Platanias and Levadiakos. Sandwiched in between those two final home matches is an away trip to Kerkyra.


paok
 

Remaining Matches:
Matchday 24: AEK (A)
Matchday 25: Panionios (H)
Matchday 26: Larisa (H)
Matchday 27: Atromitos (A)
Matchday 28: Panathinaikos (H)
Matchday 29: Platanias (A)
Matchday 30: Kerkyra (H)

Analysis: PAOK’s schedule is the toughest of the three teams fighting it out for the title. O Dikefalos tou Vorra play three of the league’s top six sides with AEK coming up this weekend before home matches against Panionios and Panathinaikos in the coming weeks. Another tricky trip to Chania to take on Platanias is on the cards before their final match at home to Kerkyra.

 
by: Giorgos Tsitsonis. Contact the writer at tsitsonisg.agonasport@gmail.com
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