Olympiacos And PAOK Clash In Piraeus (Matchday 8 Preview)
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 8
|Date||Home Team||Time||Away Team|
|21-Oct-17||Levadiakos||9:00 AM||PAS Giannina|
|22-Oct-17||Asteras Tripolis||9:00 AM||Panionios|
|22-Oct-17||Apollon Smyrnis||11:15 AM||Xanthi|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full preview for matchday 8 of the Greek SuperLeague.
PAOK will be seeking a result against Olympiacos on Sunday night in order to stay atop the Greek Super League. Matchday 8 brings with it a host of intriguing match-ups, but the highlight of the round is undoubtedly the current Super League leaders heading to the home of the defending champions.
The AGONAsport Game of the Week is certainly the derby between Olympiacos and PAOK. This derby has come to the fore in recent years as only PAOK has been able to sustain any sort of title challenge in the last few seasons.
This particular game represents a huge opportunity for both teams to make a statement. PAOK has sort of been under the radar with regard to leading the pack after seven matches in the Super League. AEK have taken the plaudits after some big early season results, while PAOK have been more unassuming in going about their business.
Razvan Lucescu’s men have been superb at the back and in recent matches have begun to find the net on a more regular basis. A victory in Piraeus would send a message to the rest of the league that PAOK are for real this season and the Thessaloniki side are serious about contesting for the title.
For Olympiacos, a win on Sunday would represent another step in their road to recovery after a terrible start to their campaign. If the 4-3 win away to Panionios is followed up by another three points then the Erythrolefki could come within a point of the top spot in the league.
The Monday night match between AEK and Atromitos is also an exciting affair. AEK have taken a slight dip since the big derby win over Olympiacos last month. Manolo Jimenez’s would do well to win against an Atromitos team who are still undefeated. Currently, 3rd in the standings, the Peristeri side will certainly have growing hopes of fighting for a European spot this season.
The action kicks off on Saturday with three matches. Panathinaikos travel to Lamia in a game the Prasini will believe they must win. Panathinaikos are coming off a fantastic win versus Larisa having scored a late winner even though they were reduced to nine men.
Kerkyra and Panetolikos square off in what should be a tight affair. Kerkyra need to pick up points at home if they want to avoid a relegation battle while Panetolikos want to turn some good performances of late into points to move up the table.
The biggest match on Saturday takes place in the early game between Levadiakos and PAS Giannina. Levadiakos have been the surprise package of the Super League season. After only avoiding relegation last season due to Iraklis’ economic problems, Levadiakos have come back stronger this season and are undefeated after seven games with 13 points. They will face a stern test from a PAS Giannina side who plays it tight and gives little away.
The remaining fixtures are slated for Sunday. Panionios make the trip to Tripoli to take on Asteras. After beginning the season in blistering form, Panionios have lost two in a row, though there has been a lack of luck for Michalis Grigoriou’s team in those defeats. Asteras meanwhile are attempting to pick up the slack after another poor opening to a season.
Finally, two teams at the foot of the table will try to climb out of the Super League basement this weekend. Apollon Smyrni will have their hands full with a very tough Xanthi side, one who nearly beat AEK last week. Larisa have looked a shambles thus far. Though they were denied a goal due to a bad decision against Panathinaikos last Monday, there was no excuse in conceding to a team playing with two fewer players. It doesn’t get easier this weekend for the team as they make the always difficult trip to Chania to take on Platanias.