SLGR Matchday 15 Preview: Winter Champions To Be Crowned
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 15
|Date||Home Team||Time||Away Team|
|16-Dec-17||AEK||10:15 AM||Apollon Smyrnis|
|17-Dec-17||Olympiacos||8:00 AM||PAS Giannina|
|17-Dec-17||Asteras Tripolis||10:15 AM||Panetolikos|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full preview for matchday 15 of the Greek SuperLeague.
While the big match may be lacking from this weekend’s schedule of matches, Matchday 15 will still be worthwhile viewing for Greek football fans. For starters, this matchday will mark the halfway point of the season for the 2017/18 Greek Super League. The close nature of the top four teams at the top of the standings also means that this weekend’s results will decide who the winter champions will be.
AEK have a real opportunity to hold on to first place and win the symbolic title of winter champions should they become successful in defeating Apollon Smirnis. The Saturday match at the Olympic Stadium in Athens veers heavily toward an AEK win. Apollon meanwhile would pick up the result of their season with a win or draw.
Earlier on Saturday, Matchday 15 kicks off with fourth-placed Atromitos making the trip to Kerkyra. Kerkyra are struggling mightily as of late and are second from the bottom in the standings. Atromitos are undoubtedly the surprise story of the first half of the season. Damir Canadi’s side will aim to finish 2017 in style and perhaps climb up from fourth place with a victory.
PAOK, fresh off their 4-0 demolition job against Panathinaikos, are away to Platanias in Saturday’s late kick-off. PAOK are only two points behind AEK. The Thessaloniki club have serious title ambitions and will need to win matches like this on away grounds if they are to succeed in the title race. Platanias would take anything at this point as they are stuck on a paltry six points and certainties now for relegation.
On Sunday, the day begins with the AGONAsport Match of the Week pitting Olympiacos against PAS Giannina. Olympiacos are winners of their last five matches. They’ll be targeting a 6th straight victory with a win over PAS as they attempt to keep the pressure on AEK at the top. The match at the Karaiskakis Stadium also represents a big opportunity for PAS to climb up the table to as high as 7th win a win.
A couple of surprise sides from the first half of the season are also in action on Sunday. Asteras Tripolis and Larisa both endured rotten starts to the season, but they are back in the top seven a the halfway point after terrific form in the last month and a half. Asteras Tripolis have been in absolutely blistering form. The Arkades will welcome Panetolikos on Sunday as they look to win their sixth consecutive match. Panetolikos on the other hand have won only one of their last seven matches.
An intriguing match is on the cards in Lamia, where the home team takes on Larisa. Both sides have lost only one in their last seven matches. Lamia though have drawn six of those seven, including five in a row while Larisa have picked up four victories in the same number of games.
Another interesting game takes place in Sunday’s late kick-off. Xanthi and Panathinaikos face off in a battle of two teams enduring disappointing seasons. Xanthi are 9th in the standings and have been guilty of inconsistency thus far. Panathinaikos are enduring one of their worst ever seasons. Since defeating Olympiacos at the end of October, the Prasini are now winless in their last five dropping to an incredible 11th place in the league table.
In the Monday night match-up, Panionios look to close out a relatively positive first half of their campaign with a win away to Levadiakos. Panionios are 5th in the table heading into the New Year, no small feat for a side beset by some major injuries for much of the season. Levadiakos have fallen to 12th in recent weeks as they have lost five of their last six games.