Final Superleague action before international break (Matchday 2 Preview)

Final Superleague action before international break
(Matchday 2 Preview)



Date Home Team Time (EST) Away Team
26-Aug-17 Platanias 12:15 PM Xanthi
26-Aug-17 Panetolikos 12:15 PM Atromitos
26-Aug-17 Lamia 2:30 PM Olympiacos
27-Aug-17 Panionios 12:15 PM Apollon Smyrni
27-Aug-17 Panathinaikos 12:15 PM Levadiakos
27-Aug-17 PAOK 12:15 PM Kerkyra
27-Aug-17 PAS Giannina 2:30 PM AEK
28-Aug-17 Larissa 2:30 PM Asteras Tripolis

Before the international break comes, the Greek Super League will play Matchday 2 this weekend. There is no traditional derby match on the eight-game slate, but there are certainly some interesting match-ups. 

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Fresh off their qualification to the Champions’ League this week, Olympiacos go to Lamia in Saturday’s late match. This will be the first ever home match for Lamia in the top-flight as they aim to spring a shock. Lamia picked up a credible away draw to Atromitos last week, while Olympiacos brushed aside Larisa 4-1.

Two other games on Saturday precede Lamia-Olympiacos. Panetolikos and Atromitos face off in Agrinio while Platanias and Xanthi do battle in Crete. The latter match is of  particular interest as both Platanias and Xanthi expect to challenge for a European place this season.

AEK will be on a high after defeating Club Brugge on Thursday to qualify for the Europa League. Manolo Jimenez’s face a tricky trip to PAS Giannina on Sunday in the AGONAsport Match of the Week. Giannina were very impressive in their opening day victory away to Asteras Tripolis. After missing out on European football last season as they fell away in the second half of the season, the belief is that this season they can take an honest crack at the top five. AEK’s early-season form at home and in Europe suggests they might be the side to offer a serious challenge to Olympiacos this season for the title.

Panathinaikos open up their home match schedule taking on Levadiakos on Sunday. The Prasini are coming off a Europa League elimination at the hands of Athletic Bilbao. They were also disappointing in their opening league match of the season, only managing a draw away at Platanias. Levadiakos meanwhile frustrated PAOK last week as they picked up a creditable point at home.

Speaking of PAOK, the Thessaloniki side have endured an awful week. It began with the draw against Levadiakos and continued with Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League loss in Sweden to Ostersunds. That result sent Razvan Lucescu’s team crashing out of Europe and led to widespread disappointment from all involved with the club. Back at home this weekend against Kerkyra, only a win will do as PAOK attempt to refocus on their league campaign.

The remaining Sunday match sees Panionios looking for their second straight win as they host promoted Apollon Smyrnis.

On Monday, two teams that battled successfully against the drop last season meet as Larisa welcome Asteras Tripolis at the AEL FC Arena. Both teams will be in search of their first points of the new season as they come off opening game losses.

by George Tsitsonis
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