SLGR Matchday 26 Preview: Athens Derby In Return Of League
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 26
|Date||Home Team||Time||Away Team|
|31-Mar-18||Panetolikos||9:00 AM||PAS Giannina|
|1-Apr-18||Apollon Smyrnis||11:15 AM||Larissa|
|2-Apr-18||Asteras Tripolis||11:30 AM||Platanias|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full preview for matchday 26 of the Greek SuperLeague.
The Greek Super League returns this weekend with the Athens derby pitting AEK against Panathinaikos. After a two break due to the international window and the suspension of the league due to the events that occurred at the end of the derby between PAOK and AEK, the country’s top-flight returns to action.
After several court rulings in the last few weeks, the league table has been incredibly hard to figure out. As things stand currently, AEK are on 57 points and lead Olympiacos, PAOK, and Atromitos by seven, eight, and ten points respectively. So with five matches to go, Manolo Jimenez’s men are the overwhelming favorites to win the championship.
The AGONAsport Match of the Week is none other than the derby at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday between AEK and Panathinaikos. Victory for the home side AEK would take them that much closer to a first league title in 24 years. For Panathinaikos, they are trying to finish the season with pride. Most supporters have their sights set on what the club’s future will be and whether relegation becomes a reality due to the club’s terrible financial state.
Matchday 26 action kicks off with a trio of Saturday matches. It all begins in the early fixture in Agrinio pitting Panetolikos against PAS Giannina. A win by either team will keep their outside chances of a European place alive, though both teams seem as though they will have to settle for a midtable finish.
Atromitos play host to PAOK in a game between third and fourth in the division. Atromitos have enjoyed a stellar campaign which will certainly see them qualify for Europe. PAOK meanwhile have seen their world come crumbling down in recent weeks. Leading contenders for the title at one stage, incidents in the derbies against Olympiacos and AEK have seem then docked points as they have fallen eight points off the pace.
In Saturday’s late kick-off, Levadiakos play host to Olympiacos. A home win for the team from Levadia could put them into the European mix. Olympiacos on the other hand are set to fight for the title until the end, but many supporters are resigned to losing the league this season.
A huge match as far as European implications takes place in Nea Smyrni in Sunday’s early match. Panionios host Xanthi with the two sides amongst the favorites for a continental place next season.
Elsewhere this weekend, Apollon Smyrnis will be seeking the points that get them out of the drop zone in a seemingly must-win game against Larisa. Kerkyra will look to put some distance between themselves and Apollon at the bottom with a result at home against Lamia, whom also need the points to assure safety.
Finally, in the Monday night match, Asteras Tripolis, yet another team in the mix for fifth place and a European spot, welcome bottom side Platanias.