BREAKDOWN: Fight Against Relegation

BREAKDOWN: Fight Against Relegation
 

With seven matches to go in the 2016/17 Greek SuperLeague season, five teams are locked in a battle against relegation. Some, such as Larisa and Asteras Tripolis, have a little bit of a buffer from the bottom two relegation positions, while others such as Veria, Iraklis, and Levadiakos are in desperate need of points. Ultimately, survival in the top division could come down to results between these teams as there are many fixtures in the final weeks of the season pitting these sides against one another. 

AGONAsport gives you the lowdown with the points, remaining schedules and analysis of the five teams involved.
 


CURRENT STANDINGS (Bottom 5)

Rank Team GP Points
12 Larissa 23 21
13 Asteras Tripolis 23 20
14 Levadiakos 23 17
15 Iraklis 23 15
16 Veria 23 13

LARISSA
 

Remaining Matches:
Matchday 24: Panionios (A)
Matchday 25: Panetolikos (H)
Matchday 26: PAOK (A)
Matchday 27: Asteras Tripolis (H)
Matchday 28: Atromitos (A)
Matchday 29: Xanthi (H)
Matchday 30: Panathinaikos (A)
 

Analysis: Larisa may be sweating a little with two difficult away matches against Panionios and PAOK coming up. However, even though they also play Panathinaikos away on the final day, the team have winnable matches against Panetolikos and Asteras Tripolis at the AEL FC Arena. Win those and they should be safe, but lose them and then there could be trouble.


asteras tripolis
 

Remaining Matches:
Matchday 24: Levadiakos (A)
Matchday 25: PAS Giannina (H)
Matchday 26: Panetolikos (A)
Matchday 27: Larisa (A)
Matchday 28: Xanthi (H)
Matchday 29: Veria (A)
Matchday 30: Iraklis (H)
 

Analysis: Asteras must play only one top six team in their remaining set of matches and that is Xanthi at home on Matchday 28. However, it is the club’s poor form that is probably the biggest worry at this stage. Is this a team that has the fight left to battle against the drop? We will see that as Asteras’ biggest challenge will be defeating teams they are in direct competition with toward the bottom of the table. Asteras play every other relegation threatened team down the stretch in a series of make or breaks matches that will have the feel of finals.


levadiakos
 

Remaining Matches:
Matchday 24: Asteras Tripolis (H)
Matchday 25: Xanthi (A)
Matchday 26: Veria (H)
Matchday 27: Iraklis (A)
Matchday 28: Olympiacos (H)
Matchday 29: AEK (H)
Matchday 30: Panionios (A)
 

Analysis: Like Asteras, Levadiakos have big matches coming up in the next few weeks against fellow relegation strugglers. Two of their three matches against Asteras, Veria, and Iraklis will be at home. That is the good news. The bad news is that they must take points from those matches because a look at their final three fixtures does not make for good reading if you live in Levadia. Games against Olympiacos, AEK, and Panionios is not how you want your schedule to read and thus Levadiakos have to start picking up points before then.


iraklis
 

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

Analysis: After playing Panathinaikos this weekend, Iraklis’ schedule has a better look to it with no top six teams to be found. There are away trips to tough grounds against PAS Giannina and Platanias. Survival ultimately could depend on results on Matchday 27 (Levadiakos away) and Matchday 30 (Asteras Tripolis) against fellow drop zone strugglers..


veria
 

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

Analysis: For Veria, the season comes down to how they fare against the teams around them. Like Iraklis, Veria have won only one away match this season. Which means they will have to find a way to win against teams such as Platanias, Levadiakos, Panetolikos, and Xanthi. The big sides are absent from their remaining matches which is a plus, but four points from safety at the moment, it will take a massive turnaround for Veria to pull off a great escape.

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