Tough stretch ahead for PAOK in the Super League
PAOK will have four tricky tests in the coming weeks of the Super League season.
Defending champions, PAOK, have gotten off to a good start in the Super League having recorded two wins from their opening two matches. The Dikefalos tou Vorra will look to continue their perfect record on Saturday when they travel south to face a very good Atromitos side at the Peristeri Stadium.
Saturday’s test will be the first of four difficult encounters for the Thessalonikis as they prepare for a difficult stretch in the league season. After playing Atromitos, PAOK will host city rivals, Aris, before making two road trips; first to the OAKA Stadium to matchup against AEK and then to Arkadia to faceoff against Asteras Tripolis.
The results in the upcoming matches will play a critical role in PAOK’s title defense early on in the season. PAOK will turn their full focus on winning the Super League crown for a second consecutive season without having to balance European football. The Thessalonikis were disappointingly eliminated by Ajax in UEFA Champions League qualifying which was followed by a shock defeat at the hands of Slovan Bratislava in UEFA Europa League qualifying.
Abel Ferreira will also have to battle early-season injury problems as Omar El Kaddouri, Douglas Augusto, Fernando Varela all suffered knocks and are doubtful to play in Saturday’s match at Atromitos. The three players did partake in a full training session on Friday and were included in the roster for the weekend clash, but their full availability remains in question. PAOK do have limited options in the midfield as both Mauricio and Pontus Wernbloom were left out due to injury.