Away Tests For Olympiacos, PAOK, and PAO (Matchday 3 Preview)

Away Tests For Olympiacos, PAOK, and PAO
(Matchday 3 Preview)



Date Home Team Time Away Team
9-Sep-17 Asteras Tripolis 9:00 AM Lamia
9-Sep-17 Atromitos 11:15 AM PAS Giannina
9-Sep-17 Xanthi 1:30 PM Olympiacos
10-Sep-17 Panionios 9:00 AM Panetolikos
10-Sep-17 Levadiakos 11:15 AM Platanias
10-Sep-17 AEK 11:15 AM Larissa
10-Sep-17 Kerkyra 1:30 PM Panathinaikos
11-Sep-17 Apollon Smyrnis 1:30 PM PAOK

As the international break comes to a close, it’s time for club football again. The Greek Super League resumes this weekend with Matchday 3 action. There is no major derby in the schedule, but there are several interesting match-ups, especially some difficult away trips for some of the traditional powers.

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The AGONAsport Match of the Week takes place on Saturday in Xanthi. In the day’s late match, Olympiacos travel to face off against the club from Thrace. Olympiacos have began the season in good form going two for two from their first pair of matches. Xanthi have started strongly as well though with four points and it promises to be a tight affair at the Xanthi FC Arena. Olympiacos are waiting on the fitness of goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino.

PAOK has suffered an indifferent start to the season both at home and in Europe. However, a slew of deadline day deals seems to have given the club the quality and depth to have a successful season. Razvan Lucescu’s men face a tough trip to Apollon Smyrnis on Monday night. Apollon have already shown in their first two games they will be a competitive side in the league. Though newly-promoted, the club are expected to have a real shot at staying up this season.

The weekend action begins on Saturday with a pair of early matches. Asteras Tripolis take on Lamia looking for their first win of the season. Both teams have one point from their first two matches.

Atromitos and PAS Giannina square off in Peristeri on Saturday as well. PAS will be looking for their second home win of the season while Atromitos their first victory overall after two draws. 

On Sunday, AEK await the arrival of Larisa at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. The Kitrinomavri are looking to bounce back from a disappointing draw away in Giannina before the international break. 

Panionios, joint top of the table with Olympiacos, have a real chance to win their third in a row as Panetolikos comes to Nea Smyrni. Panathinaikos have had a poor start to their campaign, but they too strengthened before the transfer window closed. Marinos Ouzounidis’ side head to Kerkyra to face off against a side still looking for their first points of the season.

In the remaining Sunday match, Platanias head to Livadeia to take on Levadiakos. Platanias suffered a tough 2-0 home defeat two weeks ago against Xanthi and are looking to bounce back. Levadiakos may not have shown much offense yet in their first two matches. Jose Anigo’s team have yet to score, but they haven’t conceded yet either. In fact, they have impressed overall with their two 0-0 draws coming against PAOK and Panathinaikos.

by George Tsitsonis
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