Eight games, 41 dropped points for the Big-4
This year’s Greek Superleague is the most competitive in recent years as Atromitos sit atop the standings after eight rounds of play. The Big-4 have struggled early on this year, having dropped a total of 41 points in the first eight matches.
When solely looking at the league table, the Greek Superleague is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe at the moment. Surprisingly, Atromitos sit top of the table with 16 points while only two points separate the leaders and 6th placed Levadiakos. One explanation for this, is the inconsistency of Greece’s Big-4, who have gotten off to a shaky start to the 2017/18 season.
Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK, and PAOK count a total of seven defeats after the first eight rounds of play. PAOK and AEK were both defeated last weekend (matchday 8), matchday six saw Olympiacos fall to Atromitos and AEK come up short in Tripoli to Asteras, and the eternal enemies (Olympiacos and Panathinaikos) were both defeated on matchday 5. Earlier in the season, a struggling Panathinaikos tasted a surprise defeat away to mid-table Kerkyra.
In the first eight matchdays of the season, not once have the Big-4 all celebrated victory on the same weekend, which translates into 41 dropped points between the four teams to start the season.
Out of the Big-4, a struggling Panathinaikos side has the worst record with 3 wins, 3 draws, and 2 losses without having played a derby to date, Their first derby of the season will be this weekend when they host their big rivals Olympiacos at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium. AEK and Olympiacos have the same record with 4 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses, while PAOK have the best record with one less defeat at 4 wins, 3 draws, and 1 defeat (to Olympiacos).
PAOK and Panathinaikos join a list of teams that includes Kerkyra, Asteras Tripolis, and Apollon Smyrnis, who have yet to win their a match on the road this season. On the other hand, the league leaders, Atromitos, have already celebrated big wins away to both Olympiacos and AEK at the Karaiskakis and OAKA stadiums, respectively.
With over 25% of the league fixtures completed, it could very well be the most interesting season in recent years as the Big-4 are not the only contenders for this year’s league title. Atromitos and Panionios have already shown to be worthy contenders while Levadiakos, who did not know what league they would be playing in come early August, sit in sixth place, only two points from the top of the table.