Panathinaikos endure worst Super League start in history
It really has been a miserable first half of the 2017/2018 Super League season for Panathinaikos. The fallen Athenian giants have endured a wretched time both on and off the pitch, with the club languishing in a lowly 11th position of the standings. Unsurprisingly, their terrible start has set a number of unwanted records.
Panathinaikos put in a positive display away at Xanthi on Sunday, but their profligacy in front of goal was punished when the hosts nicked a point with a late equaliser. In a shocking statistic, this draw means that the Prasini have failed to win away from the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium this season so far! In eight away matches, Panathinaikos have drawn four and lost the remaining four. This equals the record set 37 years ago in the 1980/1981 campaign, when the club couldn’t win on the road during the first half of the season. In that year, Panathinaikos eventually won twice away and finished in fifth place.
For the first time in the team’s history, the Trifylli have earned more defeats than victories in the opening 15 matches. Panathinaikos have only won a scant four games in the league, dropping five losses with an additional six draws. Interestingly, despite having talented players such as Guillermo Molins, Omri Altman and Robin Lod on the roster, the team have scored 11 goals while conceding 15. Just to make matters worse for Panathinaikos fans, arch rivals Olympiacos have netted 21 more than them.
The club’s financial crisis certainly hasn’t helped the situation, but the way Marinos Ouzounidis’ players have been underperforming is truly astounding. At this moment in time, Panathinaikos are only five points away from the relegation zone, something which worries the fans. If the Prasini are somehow going to make the European playoffs, they have to make a vast improvement when the Super League resumes after the winter break.