SLGR Matchday 21 Preview: PAOK And AEK Favorites At Home; Olympiacos Away To Atromitos

SLGR Matchday 21 Preview: PAOK And AEK Favorites At Home; Olympiacos Away To Atromitos


Date Home Team Time Away Team
10-Feb-18 Xanthi 8:00 AM Kerkyra
10-Feb-18 Panionios 10:15 AM Lamia
10-Feb-18 PAS Giannina 12:30 PM Panathinaikos
11-Feb-18 Apollon Smyrnis 8:00 AM Levadiakos
11-Feb-18 AEK 10:15 AM Asteras Tripolis
11-Feb-18 Panetolikos 10:15 AM Platanias
11-Feb-18 Atromitos 12:30 PM Olympiacos
12-Feb-18 PAOK 12:30 PM Larissa

AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full preview for matchday 21 of the Greek SuperLeague.

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As the season has now entered its final third, it’s safe to say the Greek Super League is in the midst of its most exciting title race in years. AEK’s derby victory over Olympiacos last weekend saw them leapfrog the defending champions into second place. PAOK though remained in first and the black and white part of Thessaloniki are dreaming of a first top-flight champonship since 1985. 

Matchday 21 promises more twists and turns in this rollercoaster 2017/18 season. Leaders PAOK will have the added advantage of seeing what their competitors do over the weekend as they are set to contest the Monday night match against Larisa in the friendly confines of their Toumba Stadium. Larisa look improved, and just this week booked a ticket to the Greek Cup semi-finals, but with only two away victories in the league this season, PAOK are the clear favorites to extend their spectacular form.

AEK will want to maintain their second place position with a victory over visiting Asteras Tripolis on Sunday. They also booked a semi-final spot in the Greek Cup thanks to a 2-1 aggregate victory over Olympiacos. 

The AGONAsport Match of the Week however has Olympiacos travelling to Atromitos. Even more so than PAOK or AEK’s results this weekend, it will be of massive interest to see how Olympiacos respond after a terrible week that leaves their season hanging in the balance. The Erythrolefki lost to AEK in league play last Sunday only to see the same side knock them out of the Greek Cup on Wednesday. Now, four points off of PAOK, there is no margin for error whatsoever going forward in the league. Atromitos were also bounced out of the Cup on Thursday and are too experiencing some faulty league form. They seem to have fourth place locked up, but will also be keen on making a late-season run to challenge further up.

The weekend action begins on Saturday with three matches slated. The day begins with Xanthi playing host to Kerkyra. The home team are locked in a three-way tie for fifth place with Panionios and Asteras for the final European spot. Kerkyra meanwhile are dangerously lingering at the bottom of the table and are desperate for any points. The next match of the day pits Panionios against Lamia at Nea Smyrni. Panionios, like Xanthi, are in the hunt for a European berth, but could find Lamia to be awkward opponents, as many other teams have discovered about the side during their maiden campaign in the top-flight. Saturday’s late kick-off features Panathinaikos travelling away to play against PAS Giannina. Can the Prasini pick up that elusive away win in Giannina against a team that has won only two of ten home fixtures this season?

Finally, two more matches are schedule for Sunday. Apollon Smyrnis welcome the arrival of Levadiakos. Apollon need points to get out of the relegation places, while a victory could propel Levadiakos into the race for Europe. Platanias will hope their luck turns when they make the trip to Agrinio to face off against Panetolikos. Traianos Dellas’ Panetolikos will see this as a must-win that could bring them out of the relegation fight.  

by George Tsitsonis
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