Seven clubs engaged in Europa League battle

Seven clubs engaged in Europa League battle

As a thrilling Super League season approaches its climax, it isn’t only the title race which is gripping to follow. Just behind the leading four teams, there is a mass battle breaking out for the UEFA Europa League slots.

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Due to Greece’s UEFA coefficient ranking, only the fourth placed Super League club is guaranteed a Europa League berth for next season. However, if PAOK or AEK win the Greek Cup, something which appears very likely, then the team in fifth place will also be gifted a Europa League place. Atromitos are over the hills and far away in fourth position, but the second Europa League spot is very much up for grabs.

Incredibly, just three points separate fifth placed Xanthi and Levadiakos in eleventh. Both Panionios and Asteras Tripolis are level on points with Xanthi, while fallen Athenian giants Panathinaikos, PAS Giannina and Panetolikos are also firmly in the Europa League mix. Just to make matters even more tasty, plenty of the clubs mentioned above will play against each other during the final six weeks of the Super League season.

Current Super League standings between fifth and eleventh place:

5. Xanthi, 32 points
6. Panionios, 32 points
7. Asteras Tripolis, 32 points
8. Panathinaikos, 31 points
9. PAS Giannina, 30 points
10. Panetolikos, 29 points
11. Levadiakos, 29 points

Xanthi’s remaining matches:

Panetolikos (home), March 11
Panionios (away), March 18
PAS Giannina (home), April 1
PAOK (away), April 22
AEL (home), April 29
Panathinaikos (away), May 6

Panionios’ remaining matches:

Atromitos (home), March 10
Xanthi (home), March 18
PAOK (away), March 31
Panathinaikos (home), April 22
Platanias (away), April 29
Levadiakos (home), May 6

Asteras Tripolis’ remaining matches:

Panathinaikos (away), March 10
Platanias (home), March 19
Levadiakos (away), March 31
AOK Kerkyra (away), April 22
Apollon Smyrnis (home), April 29
Panetolikos (away), May 6

Panathinaikos’ remaining matches:

Asteras Tripolis (home), March 10
AEK (away), March 18
Atromitos (home), April 1
Panionios (away), April 22
PAOK (home), April 29
Xanthi (home), May 6

PAS Giannina’s remaining matches:

Apollon Smyrnis (home), March 12
Panetolikos (away), March 17
Xanthi (away), April 1
AEL (home), April 22
Lamia (away), April 29
Olympiacos (home), May 6

Panetolikos’ remaining matches:

Xanthi (away), March 11
PAS Giannina (home), March 17
AEL (away), April 1
Lamia (home), April 22
Olympiacos (away), April 29
Asteras Tripolis (home), May 6

Levadiakos’ remaining matches:

Lamia (away), March 11
Olympiacos (home), March 17
Asteras Tripolis (home), March 31
AEK (away), April 22
Atromitos (home), April 29
Panionios (away), May 6

by Shaun Nicolaides
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