-- Preview: Standard Liege - Panathinaikos --
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - GROUP STAGE (GROUP G)
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Panathinaikos travels to Belgium to play Standard Liege in a must-win match for the third matchday of the Europa League group stage and AGONAsport.com brings you a preview of tomorrow’s match. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM (EST). TV Listings for the United States, Canada, Australia, and Greece can be found here.
Panathinaikos: Panathinaikos will have a difficult task in Belgium when they play Standard Liege in their third group stage encounter for this year’s UEFA Europa League. The Prasini have lost their opening two matches, despite playing good football in both games. In their previous fixture against Celta, Panathinaikos was extremely unlucky to walk away without a point as they were the better side throughout the match, but conceded two late goals in their defeat. The Trifylli will hope for a similar performance against Standard Liege, however that will not be enough as they will need something from the match. A win will put Panathinaikos back into the game for second place while a draw will simply keep them alive before they host the Belgian side in two weeks. The Greek club will look to hit Standard on the attack with the hosts housing a weak defense. Over the weekend, Panathinaikos put on a troubling performance against Xanthi and was handed their first defeat in this year’s Superleague.
Starting Line-Up: Andrea Stramaccioni saw both Berg and Koutroubis not partake in today’s practice as both fell ill, but will likely be able to play in tomorrow’s match. Stramaccioni will display his side with 3 center-backs in a 3-4-2-1 (5-4-1) formation and will use similar tactics as the match with Celta. The starting XI will include Steele (GK), Samba (CB), Koutroubis (CB), Moledo (CB), Coulibaly (RB), Hult (LB), Zeca (DMF), Ledesma (DMF), Villafanez (AMF), Lud (AMF), and Berg will be the lone striker.
Standard Liege: Standard Liege has been through a mini-crisis over the last couple of seasons and is not the team that had lots of success over the last 5 seasons. Last year, they finished in 7th place in the Belgian Jupiler League and earned a spot in this year’s Europa League group stage after winning the Belgian Cup. This season, they currently sit in 7th place in the league standings and played to a 3-3 draw over the weekend away to Kortrijk. Their best player is their 30-year old defensive midfielder, Enoh, and they also house the Cypriot defender, Konstantinos Laifis, who is on-loan from Olympiacos. In this year’s Europa League group stage, Standard Liege drew Celta 1-1 at home and lost away to Ajax 1-0 in matchday two. Their strength is a powerful and speedy attack, however their backline is by far their weakest point. Like Panathinaikos, they will look for the three points from today’s match to stay alive in the hunt for second place in the group. The stadium for today’s match will be half empty as only 12,000 of the 26,000 seats have been sold.
Referee: The referee will be Daniel Stefanski from Poland. He has never refereed a game for a Greek team.
TV Listings: TV listings for the United States, Canada, and Greece can be found here. As of now, there will not be coverage in Australia.
CURRENT GROUP G STANDINGS
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