SLGR Matchday 11 Preview: Athenian Derby Headlines Weekend
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 11
|Date||Home Team||Time||Away Team|
|18-Nov-17||Larissa||10:15 AM||Apollon Smyrnis|
|19-Nov-17||Platanias||10:15 AM||Asteras Tripolis|
|19-Nov-17||PAS Giannina||10:15 AM||Panetolikos|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full preview for matchday 11 of the Greek SuperLeague.
Two big fixtures headline Matchday 11 of the Greek Super League. The main event must be Sunday’s Athenian derby between Panathinaikos and AEK. The next day an equally important match-up takes place when in Thessaloniki when PAOK host joint-leaders Atromitos.
The Leoforos Stadium should be rocking on Sunday as Panathinaikos host rivals AEK. Marinos Ouzounidis’ Panathinaikos have been superb at home this season and conversely awful on the road. Thus, in order to stay near the European place the Prasini need all the points at home they can get. AEK come into this derby riding high at the top of the table along with Atromitos. Injuries problems though are threatening to derail a promising season. AEK lost another key player this week when Jakob Johansson was injured on international duty. Manolo Jimenez must make some tough line-up decisions in the coming period with Johansson following Petros Mantalos with a season-ending injury.
PAOK have won all five of their home matches this season. They face their biggest test at Toumba yet however as Atromitos come to Thessaloniki. Atromitos are undefeated after ten matches and have been the undisputed story of the season thus far in Greece. While the detractors don’t consider Atromitos viable title contenders, thus far Damir Canadi’s men have shown no sign of letting up. Just like PAOK, this match represents a litmus test of sorts for Atromitos and what they are capable of.
Olympiacos will look to take advantage of any slip-up in those matches with a victory over Levadiakos on Saturday. Takis Lemonis and his players would do well to be fully focused on a Levadiakos side who have impressed observers with their best ever start to a season.
The weekend play kicks off on Saturday. Lamia and Kerkyra face-off in an interesting encounter in the round’s first match. Lamia have had a solid start to the season as Super League new boys. Kerkyra are not in the relegation zone currently, but it does appear to be another season where they will be fighting for their top-flight survival.
A resurgent Larisa will fancy their chances later on that day against Apollon Smirnis. The Vissini began the season horribly, but have bounced back with good results recently. Like Lamia, Apollon have shown already this season that they are ready to make a fist of it in the Super League.
On Sunday, a particularly tasty encounter sees Panionios making the trip far up north to take on Xanthi. Both teams have shown some inconsistency as of late and will see this match as a way to push on after the international break in a positive manner. Xanthi need to do a much better job at home where they have drawn four and lost one in five matches.
The two remaining Sunday matches features a probable tight battle in Giannina and a basement clash. PAS Giannina and Panetolikos has all the makings of a very close match-up. Panetolikos find themselves in the relegation places at the moment, but are only four points off 7th-placed PAS. Bottom-of-the-table Platanias will hope the international break brought a change to their fortunes. They take on Asteras Tripolis, a side who have struggled this season, but have managed to defeat AEK and Panathinaikos thus far and draw against Olympiacos.