SLGR Matchday 29 Preview: Focus Shifts To Remaining Races
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 29
|Date||Home Team||Time||Away Team|
|29-Apr-18||Lamia||12:00 PM||PAS Giannina|
|29-Apr-18||Asteras Tripolis||12:00 PM||Apollon Smyrnis|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full preview for matchday 29 of the Greek SuperLeague.
With the title already wrapped up last week by AEK, the focus this weekend for the 2017/18 Greek Super League shifts to the remaining races for Europe and against relegation.
Matchday 29 has one traditional derby between Panathinaikos and PAOK, however quite a few matches will be worth paying attention to on Sunday.
The AGONAsport Match of the Week sees Panathinaikos playing host to PAOK. The match is of little importance with regard to the league table. Panathinaikos would not have a shot for European football even if they hadn’t been deducted points as UEFA has levied a ban against them for participation in Europe. PAOK lead Olympiacos by four points with two matches remaining in the race for second place and a spot in the Champions’ League qualifiers So, this derby is more about pride than anything else this weekend.
Asteras Tripolis and Xanthi are locked in a tie for fifth and the final European place, both teams on 39 points. The two clubs must negotiate tricky home ties on Sunday. Asteras host an Apollon Smyrnis team who are coming off clinching safety last weekend. Xanthi face off against Larisa, another team who just recently ensured their top-flight status.
Panetolikos have an outside shot at Europe should they win their final two matches and both Asteras and Xanthi fail to win. It will be tough going however for the Agrinio side away to Olympiacos, even if the Erythrolefki are showing that the season can not finish soon enough for them.
At the bottom of the table, one relegation place is yet to be confirmed. Platanias are already down and will host Panionios in Crete. Matchday 28 results cleared up the picture a bit as Apollon clinched safety and Lamia came that much closer. The favorites to go down now are undoubtedly Kerkyra. The Faiakes must win their final two matches and hope Lamia lose their final two if they are to manage a great escape. This weekend they have the tough task of playing champions-elect AEK where they will hope the Kitrinomavri are still in celebration mode.
Lamia can clinch another year in the Super League with a win or draw against PAS Giannina. Finally, Levadiakos and Atromitos meet up in a match with little importance to the standings with Levadiakos set to comfortably finish midtable while Atromitos is already assured fourth place and European football next season.