Iraklis in trouble after Greek football restructure
After the restructuring of Greece’s football leagues, Iraklis are in danger of dropping to the third division for the 2019/20 season.
On Monday, it was confirmed that the structure of Greece’s football leagues will change beginning next season. The Greek football pyramid will have three professional leagues including the Super League (first tier), Super League 2 (second tier), and the Football League (third tier).
The historic club from Thessaloniki, Iraklis, currently compete in the Greek second division, named the Football League, and have had a disappointing season. Going into the 2018/19 Football League season, the Giraios had eyes on promotion to the Super League, however a poor run of results early on saw that dream fade quickly.
Iraklis currently sit in eleventh spot in the league with just 35 points from 26 games. Teams that are ranked 11th and 12th in the 2018/19 Football League will remain in the Football League for the new season, however beginning the 2019/20 season, the Football League will be considered the Greek third division rather than the second division. Thus, if Iraklis remain in eleventh spot at the end of the season, they will compete in the Greek third division (Football League) next year.
Teams ranked third through tenth in this season’s Football League will play in next year’s Super League 2, the new Greek second tier. Iraklis’ goal in the final four fixtures will be to claim at minimum tenth place and secure a place in next year’s Super League 2.
Doxa Dramas sit in tenth place with 36 points, one point ahead of their Macedonian rivals. Ninth placed Kerkyra (38 points), eighth placed AE Karaiskakis (38 points), and seventh placed AOX Kissamikos (39 points) are all within Iraklis’ reasonable reach with four matches remaining in the league season.
Iraklis have a tricky final four games including two trips to Crete against Ergotelis and Platanias and matches against league winners Volos NFC and strugglers Trikala. On the other hand, Doxa Dramas will match up against relegated Sparti and promotion contenders Apollon Pontou and Ergotelis. The Drama side will also make a trip to Crete to play AOX Kissamikos on matchday 29.
Below are the final four fixtures for Iraklis and Doxa Dramas
Matchday 27: Ergotelis-Iraklis, Sparti-Doxa Dramas
Matchday 28: Iraklis-Trikala, Doxa Dramas-Apollon Pontou
Matchday 29: Iraklis-Volos NFC, AOX Kissamikos-Doxa Dramas
Matchday 30: Platanias-Iraklis, Doxa Dramas-Ergotelis