SLGR Matchday 24 Preview: Derby Of The Eternal Enemies
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 24
|Date||Home Team||Time||Away Team|
|3-Mar-18||Kerkyra||10:15 AM||PAS Giannina|
|4-Mar-18||Asteras Tripolis||8:00 AM||PAOK|
|5-Mar-18||Apollon Smyrnis||12:30 PM||Panetolikos|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full preview for matchday 24 of the Greek SuperLeague.
Greek football’s most famous match highlights proceedings on Matchday 24 of the 2017/18 Greek Super League. Olympiacos and Panathinaikos clash on Sunday night in Piraeus with both teams having to navigate seasons they are not used to. Elsewhere this weekend, league leaders PAOK face a tricky trip to Asteras Tripolis while second-placed AEK host Panionios.
The AGONAsport Match of the Week is Sunday’s derby of the eternal enemies, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos. Panathinaikos are playing for pride after enduring one of the most difficult seasons in club history due to the financial problems plaguing the club. There is no title race to fight for with regard to Marinos Ouzounidis’ team. Instead, they are aiming to finish as high up the table as possible amidst the club’s unknown future. Olympiacos meanwhile are in the title race, but very much remain on the outside looking in. They are by no means out of the title race, however they have ground to make up on PAOK and AEK and need those two sides to drop points in the remaining seven matches.
PAOK rebounded from the cancelled derby against Olympiacos last weekend to easily defeat Panionios 3-1 in the Greek Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday. In Sunday’s early kick-off, the Thessaloniki club make the trip to Tripoli to face off against Asteras. Fifth place and the final European place is not out of reach for Asteras so they have plenty to play for down the stretch.
AEK could not fully capitalize on the cancelled derby between PAOK and Olympiacos last week as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Atromitos. This week, AEK are back at home against fifth-placed Panionios. AEK will fancy their chances as Panionios’ form has seen them win only one of their last six league matches.
The action kicks off on Saturday with a trio of fixtures slated. The day opens up with Platanias desperate for a win as they host Lamia. The club from Crete need a massive late surge to have hopes of avoiding relegation.
Kerkyra, another team near the relegation places, are at home to go up against a PAS Giannina side with aspirations of European football next season. Atromitos have seemingly sealed a place in Europe next season and they take on Xanthi, who themselves are in the mix for a top five spot.
Levadiakos and Larisa play on Sunday. Both clubs are too far out of the race for Europe, though there is also confidence that both have done enough to assure safety. Finally, this week’s Monday night match has Apollon Smirnis taking on Panetolikos. Apollon face a difficult time grabbing the crucial points they need to avoid the drop against one of the Super League’s in-form teams.