SLGR Matchday 19 Preview: Away Battles Await Top Two
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 19
|Date||Home Team||Time||Away Team|
|27-Jan-18||Apollon Smyrnis||10:15 AM||Panathinaikos|
|28-Jan-18||Panionios||10:15 AM||PAS Giannina|
|28-Jan-18||Asteras Tripolis||12:30 PM||Olympiacos|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full preview for matchday 19 of the Greek SuperLeague.
Olympiacos and PAOK will have to do the business away from home during Matchday 19 of the 2017/18 Greek Super League. Both teams have very tricky looking ties coming up on Sunday.
Olympiacos, leaders by a single point at the top, will head to Tripoli to face off against Asteras Tripolis. That game is the AGONAsport Match of the Week as Asteras, after a slow start to the season, have fought back to get into contention for a European place. Olympiacos have won nine on the trot and are coming off a Greek Cup draw midweek against AEK. Asteras meanwhile want to get back to their form after a defeat against Lamia on Matchday 18.
PAOK face a trip to Agrinio to meet up with Panetolikos. The home side’s record on their own pitch isn’t that impressive this season, but traditionally they are a very difficult side at home. Panetolikos look improved since Traianos Dellas took over two matches ago. Whether they can stop a PAOK side in fantastic form remains to be seen. This is the sort of away fixture that PAOK will provide a big test of PAOK’s title ambitions.
AEK await the arrival of Lamia on Saturday night at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Manolo Jimenez saw his team drop two points away to Larisa last week and knows the pressure will be for the win against Lamia. The visitors have done well to place themselves in 13th at the moment and there is real belief they can remain in the top-flight.
Atromitos need to shake off a bit of a dip in form as they welcome Larisa on Sunday. The Peristeri side have three games without a win in all competitions and will want to put an end to that blip this weekend. Larisa managed to hold off AEK last week in a scoreless draw and are up to 9th in the standings after a poor start to the season.
Panathinaikos travel to take on relegation-threatened Apollon Smirnis on Saturday. The Prasini are still seeking that elusive first away win of the season. Apollon have also struggled, but at home they have recorded their only two wins of the season.
One of the weekend’s more attractive fixtures pits Panionios against PAS Giannina at Nea Smyrni. PAS have been a regular European contender in recent seasons, but a spate of draws this season sees them down in 12th. Panionios are in European contention yet again and a win could put them even closer to 4th-placed Atromitos.
Elsewhere, the weekend play opens up with a relegation battle between Kerkyra and Platanias. Both teams could use the three points. Kerkyra are in the worst form of any team in the Super League, losers of their last seven matches. Platanias are fresh off their first win in fifteen matches. They still look certain relegation candidates barring a miraculous down the stretch.
Finally, Xanthi and Levadiakos locks horns on Sunday. This will be a classic midtable match-up with Xanthi the favorites thanks to home advantage, despite the fact they have won only two of their nine home games this season. Levadiakos’ away form is even worse with the team registering only one in nine away attempts.