The Fight for Promotion to the Football League
With only two fixtures remaining in the Gamma Ethniki, everything remains open in Groups A, B, and D for a place in next year’s Greek Football League. AGONAsport.com brings you the breakdown.
Panachaiki are the only team that have mathematically secured promotion to the Football league, having dominated Group C this season. However, Apollon Kalamarias, Doxa Dramas, Apollon Larissas, Karaiskakis, Ergotelis, and Ionikos will fight for the final three slots in next year’s Football League. Only one team from each group will celebrate promotion.
In Group A, Apollon Kalamarias are the clear favorites to earn promotion to the Football League. The Thessaloniki club need only 3 points in the two remaining fixtures to secure promotion as they lead Doxa Dramas by four points in the standings. However, in last week’s fixture against Kardias, their opponents did not show up to play and it is likely that the “Pontioi” will be awarded the three points from that match and celebrate their place in next year’s Football League.
1. Apollon Kalamarias 67*
2.Doxa Dramas 63
Matchday 29: Naousa-Doxa Dramas; Apollon Kalamarias OFF
Matchday 30: Apollon Kalamarias-Almopos Aridaias; Nestos Chrysoupolis-Doxa Dramas
It is a similar scenario in Group B as Apollon Larisa lead the way in the group, four points ahead of second placed Karaiskakis. Like Apollon Kalamarias, the team from Larissas need only 3 points to ensure first place and a ticket to next year’s Football League. Two former Superleague sides, Olympiacos Volou and Niki Volou will be disappointed with their seasons in the third division, failing to contest promotion to the second division.
1. Apollon Larissas 67
2. SC Karaiskakis 63
Matchday 29: Apollon Larissas-Tilikratis; Ethnikos Filipiadas-SC Karaiskakis
Matchday 30: Niki Volou-Apollon Larisas; SC Karaiskakis-Achilleas Neokesarias
The closest contest is in Group D, where everything will play out until the final fixture. With Ergotelis just one point ahead of Ionikos, a single slip-up from either team could turn out to be detrimental to their respective seasons. If Ergotelis manage to win this weekend’s fixture away to Ermis Zonianon, the Cretan side can celebrate promotion alongside their fans if they win their final match at home against Thyella Rafinas.
1. Ergotelis 58
2. Ionikos 57
Matchday 29: Ermis Zonianon-Ergotelis; Ilisiakos-Ionikos
Matchday 30: Ergotelis-Thyella Rafinas; Ionikos-AEEK INKA