Gamma Ethniki playoff picture becoming clear
With the Gamma Ethniki regular season approaching the finishing line, AGONAsport takes a closer look at which clubs are in contention to gain promotion to the Football League.
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The Gamma Ethniki, Greece’s third footballing tier, is made up of eight separate groups. Following the regular season’s completion, the best eight teams qualify for the promotion playoffs, where they get split up into two groups of four. The top two of each group then earn promotion to the Football League.
Let’s see who has already clinched their playoff berth, and which clubs are still yet to cement first place.
Apollon Paralimnio (Q), 48 points
Aetos, 39 points
Elpis Skoutari, 39 points
Kavala, 38 points
Despite one round of matches remaining, Apollon Paralimnio have already booked their playoff ticket, losing only three times in 21 games. Nearest challengers Aetos and Elpis Skoutari never really threatened to make a fight of it.
Aris Palaiochori, 61 points
Iraklis Thessaloniki, 59 points
Makedonikos, 44 points
Almopos Aridea, 42 points
Aris Palaiochori currently hold a two point advantage over Iraklis, but the latter do have one game in hand. The two clubs recently met, as Palaiochori held Iraklis to a battling 0:0 draw at home. Eager to climb up the Greek football ladder back to the Super League, Iraklis will still fancy themselves to pip Palaiochori to the post.
Remaining Group 2 fixtures for top two:
Aris Palaiochori - Langadas, March 24
Philippos Alexandros - Iraklis, March 24
Iraklis - Edessaikos, April 1
Tilikratis, 45 points
Ermis Amyntaio, 42 points
Makedonikos Foufas, 40 points
Neos Amfilochos, 40 points
Occupying first place with a three-point gap, Tilikratis are close to edging over the line. Nevertheless, Ermis Amyntaio, Makedonikos Foufas and Neos Amfilochos do have a chance of applying pressure in the regular season’s final few games.
Remaining Group 3 fixtures for top four:
Ethnikos Filippiada - Tilikratis, March 24
Makedonikos Foufas - Doxa Kranoula, March 24
Asteras Parapotamos - Neos Amfilochos, March 24
Tilikratis - Kastoria, April 1 (Kastoria withdrew from the league so match won’t take place)
Thesprotos - Makedonikos Foufas, April 1
Ermis Amyntaio - Ethnikos Filippiada, April 1
Neos Amfilochos - Panlefkadios, April 1
Volos (Q), 57 points
Niki Volos, 42 points
Amyros, 40 points
Asteras Iteas, 38 points
A class above the rest, Volos ran away with Group 4, easily qualifying for the playoffs in style.
Asteras Amaliadas, 44 points
Asteras Vlachioti, 42 points
Paniliakos, 36 points
Kalamata, 33 points
It’s certainly all to play for in Group 5. Amaliadas enter the final weeks possessing a two point lead, but Vlachioti aren’t willing to wave the white flag. Interestingly, on Sunday, the two playoff contenders played out a 0:0 draw in Amaliada.
Remaining Group 5 fixtures for top two:
Asteras Amaliadas - Kalamata, March 24
Asteras Vlachioti - Leonido, March 24
Zakynthos - Asteras Amaliadas, April 1
Achaiki - Asteras Vlachioti, April 1
Proodeftiki, 38 points
Ethnikos Piraeus, 37 points
Ialysos, 33 points
Keratsini, 32 points
Yes, Proodeftiki do lead the way, but their fate is very much in the balance. Second placed Ethnikos Piraeus have a game in hand over Proodeftiki and are ready to pinch that playoff spot from under their noses.
Remaining Group 6 fixtures for top two:
Proodeftiki - Zevgolateio, March 24
Ethniki Piraeus - Keratsini, March 24
Rodos - Ethniki Piraeus, April 1
Aittitos Spata (Q), 40 points
Chalkida, 29 points
Ermionida, 28 points
Aiolikos, 27 points
Boasting an unassailable 11 point lead, group winners Aittitos won 12 out of 19 games and comfortably made the playoffs with minimal fuss.
Irodotos (Q), 41 points
Egaleo, 33 points
Ilisiakos, 26 points
Palaichori, 26 points
Irodotos confirmed first place in Group 8 on Sunday, defeating Atsalenios 1:0 on the road. Egaleo do have a game in hand, but cannot catch Irodotos even if they win their last two league matches.