SLGR Matchday 14 Preview: North/South Derby Headlines Round
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 14
|Date||Home Team||Time||Away Team|
|10-Dec-17||Apollon Smyrnis||8:00 AM||Asteras Tripolis|
|10-Dec-17||PAS Giannina||10:15 AM||Lamia|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full preview for matchday 14 of the Greek SuperLeague.
Matchday 14 of the 2017/18 Greek Super League brings us a classic North-South derby between PAOK and Panathinaikos. Leaders AEK appear to have a straightforward task, while Olympiacos and Atromitos face trickier tests.
The round begins on Saturday with the early match-up between Larisa and Xanthi. Larisa are aiming for midtable security and need to take advantage of matches like these at their home ground. Xanthi are looking to bounce back from a disappointing home loss to PAOK last week. The 3-0 defeat came about from a string of defensive errors that the team must not repeat.
Afterward, Panionios take on bottom club Platanias. Panionios racked up a big win away to Panathinaikos last weekend, inflicting upon the Prasini their first home loss of the season. Platanias took the lead against Atromitos last week, but a collapse in the final half-hour saw them suffer yet another defeat.
Panetolikos looked good for a half last week against Lamia, but threw away a two-goal lead having to settle for a 2-2 draw. This week they are back home to take on Olympiacos. Takis Lemonis’ men appear to have turned the corner with their league form and want to continue putting the pressure on AEK.
On Sunday, the day begins with the match between Apollon Smirnis against Asteras Tripolis. Apollon played well against Olympiacos on Matchday 13 before eventually losing 3-1 on a couple of late goals. Asteras meanwhile have been on fire in recent weeks. Winning four of their last six matches has propelled them to 6th in the standings.
PAS Giannina host Lamia as both sides come into the weekend from draws last week. Lamia’s point gained last week was perhaps the more impressive as they came from two goals down to draw with Panetolikos. PAS went to Larisa and also came back to earn a draw after giving up a very early goal. Both teams are in midtable at the moment. Giannina surely will feel a European spot is not beyond them, while Lamia are perhaps content to be in 10th, having just been promoted this season for the first time.
Atromitos will try to maintain their touching distance to the top of the table with a victory against Levadiakos this weekend. Both teams began the season on fire, but while Atromitos have maintained their consistency, Levadiakos have fallen off the pace badly in recent weeks.
Sunday night features the derby between PAOK and Panathinaikos at the Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki. PAOK have their sights set firmly on the league and were impressive defeating Xanthi last week, the team’s first away win of the season. The early edge must go to PAOK. Razvan Lucescu’s side have won all six of their home matches this season, while Panathinaikos have yet to taste victory on their travels.
Finally on Monday, table-toppers AEK welcome the arrival of Kerkyra to the Olympic Stadium. Manolo Jimenez’s men will fancy themselves to pick up the three points that will keep them atop the Super League. Kerkyra’s form has take a dip in the last month and they are another team still searching for their first away win of the season.