AEK And Olympiacos In Tough Away Clashes (Matchday 7 Preview)
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 7
|Date||Home Team||Time||Away Team|
|14-Oct-17||PAS Giannina||9:00 AM||Platanias|
|14-Oct-17||Atromitos||11:15 AM||Asteras Tripolis|
|15-Oct-17||Apollon Smyrnis||11:15 AM||Kerkyra|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full preview for matchday 7 of the Greek SuperLeague.
Matchday 7 of the 2017/18 Greek Super League features two very difficult away fixtures for leaders AEK and defending champions Olympiacos. PAOK and Panathinaikos seem to have more straight-forward home affairs, while surprise package Levadiakos tests themselves away from home.
The weekend kicks off with the encounter pitting PAS Giannina at home to Platanias. Both teams had solid seasons last year, however both have endured slower starts this time around. Giannina are seeking their first home victory after two consecutive draws. Platanias meanwhile were serious challengers for a European place last season, but have looked rusty so far this season.
Atromitos and Asteras Tripolis meet up at the Peristeri Stadium. After drawing their first four games, Atromitos have reeled off two straight wins over Lamia and Olympiacos, pushing them up to fourth in the table. Asteras have also improved after some early season defeats as evidenced by last round’s big win over AEK.
The AGONAsport Match of the Week features Panionios and Olympiacos clashing in Nea Smyrni. Panionios are showing remarkable consistency again this season and are currently fourth after a fine beginning to the season. Olympiacos are suffering from their worst start in the league for 30 years. This match represents a big opportunity to get back on track. A win could do that, a defeat would be another considerable setback.
On Sunday, four matches are on tap. AEK’s trip to Xanthi is the most intriguing. After defeating Olympiacos with an epic comeback on Matchday 5, Manolo Jimenez saw his side go out and lose to Asteras Tripolis in the next round. This is another tricky away trip for AEK against a stubborn Xanthi side who have given up a miserly two goals this season and lay sixth in the standings.
PAOK open up the day’s action with a home match against Lamia. The visitors surprised just about everyone two weeks ago as they held on to defeat Panionios at home 1-0. It was the newly promoted team’s second win of the season. PAOK will be glad to be at home where they have won all three matches this season as opposed to their three straight draws on the road.
Also on Sunday, Apollon Smyrni, still searching for their win, take on Kerkyra. Apollon want the three points in order to lift themselves off the foot of the table. Traditionally a weak away side, Kerkyra will know full well this is a good chance to pick up some points on their travels.
Levadiakos have enjoyed a very fine start and will try to keep the momentum going in their trip to Agrinio to face Panetolikos. The Livadeia side is undefeated after six matches and are in fifth place on 10 points. Panetolikos could leapfrog their opponents into the top five with a victory on Sunday.
Finally on Monday, Panathinaikos host Larisa at the Leoforos Stadium. The Prasini have been besieged by problems all season long, but supporters will be hopeful they can defeat Larisa which would be their third win in four matches. Larisa’s schedule to start the season has been challenging, but they will still want to improve on some disastrous away performances. The Vissini have lost all three of their away matches this season getting pummeled in the process.