Six Undefeated Sides Put To Test
(Matchday 4 Preview)
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 4
|Date||Home Team||Time||Away Team|
|16-Sep-17||Olympiacos||1:30 PM||Asteras Tripolis|
|17-Sep-17||Panathinaikos||9:00 AM||Apollon Smyrnis|
|18-Sep-17||PAS Giannina||12:30 PM||Panionios|
Matchday 4 of the 2017/18 Greek Super League promises to be a good weekend of matches. No big derby is on the schedule, but more than a few match-ups catch the eye.
Three teams are on seven points and will all try to remain the early pace-setters of the Super League this season. AEK, fresh off their first European Group Stage victory in six years (2-1 away to Rijeka), have a tough task as they play Lamia this weekend. AEK have made a solid start to the season and supporters are hoping they can stay in the title race until the end.
Defending champions Olympiacos had a tougher midweek result in Europe as they went down to Sporting Lisbon at home 3-2. Besnik Hasi and his players try to bounce back with a win against visiting Asteras Tripolis on Saturday evening. Asteras, who only have a single point from their three matches, sacked Staikos Vergetis last week and replaced him with Savvas Pantelidis.
In the AGONAsport Match of the Week, PAS Giannina and Panionios lock horns in what should be a great match-up. Panionios have seven points, while PAS have five points after three matches. Panionios continue to impress after last season’s positive campaign. PAS meanwhile are poised to make another run at Europe after missing out last season.
Matchday 4 kicks off on Saturday with Levadiakos-Xanthi and PAOK-Panetolikos in the early matches. Levadiakos have shown some decent stuff in the first three matches. Jose Anigo’s team have drawn three straight, but have shown their worth in matches against Panathinaikos, PAOK, and last week versus Platanias. Xanthi took a point from their match against Olympiacos last week. They certainly are aiming to be a part of the European conversation this season.
Only the three points will due for PAOK against Panetolikos. The Thessaloniki giants were disappointing once again in a 0-0 draw with Apollon Smyrni last time out. With a man advantage for much of the game, it was the usual story for PAOK with plenty of chances created, but an inability to convert. Panetolikos meanwhile took a creditable point away from Nea Smyrni in the 1-1 draw with Panionios.
Sunday’s matches see Panathinaikos desperately seeking their first win of the season against Apollon Smyrni. The Prasini won’t be worried about the performance at this point, only the points matter as they sit bottom of the table on zero points (they have tied twice, but have two point deduction from last season).
Larisa would be bottom of the table if not for Panathinaikos’ point-deduction. The Vissini have endured an awful start to the season and after last week’s beatdown by AEK the club sacked Andre Paus. In his place, Jacky Mathijssen has been installed. The Belgian manager, formerly coach of Club Brugge, is now charged with turning around Larisa’s slow start. Atromitos have started with three consecutive draws and go to the AEL FC Arena wanting to pick up their first victory.
Finally, Platanias and Kerkyra meet in Crete. Kerkyra will seek to build on their impressive win over Panathinaikos last weekend. Kerkyra are traditionally not very good travellers and Platanias are a historically strong side at home. Giorgos Paraschos’ men then would seem to be the favorites to earn their first win of the new season.