As the Greek Super League enters its 10th day, completing one-third of the season, there is only one game that all eyes are focused on: the derby between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.
It can be agreed that the two teams are not in their prime.
Olympiacos is trying to recover from a season that saw the team fall to third place, after winning one championship behind the other. They have a new team with a new manager and are still trying to find their identity on the pitch.
Meanwhile, Panathinaikos has been plagued by financial issues for the past few years and are attempting to create a new team based on their academies by giving the reins to experienced coach Giorgos Donis.
However, despite the fact that this game has lost much of its glory, fans remain as passionate as always and will never want to lose to their bitter rivals, not only in football, but in any sport (there have been many clashes between fans of the two teams from basketball all the way to women’s volleyball).
Many great players have represented both teams over the years and this will always be considered as one of the most important football games in Greece and most well-known in all of Europe.
In other matches played this week, champions AEK will have their mettle tested against second-placed Atromitos who seems to have nothing to lose and is capable of many upsets.
At the same time, table-leaders PAOK are expected to have a comfortable time against Panetolikos at Toumba, hoping that their main contenders drop some more points.
Aris will be looking to make a new beginning after the departure of coach Paco Herrera against Apollon at Rizoupoli, while Xanthi, who are currently on fourth, will have a difficult mission as they host Panionios.
GREEK SUPER LEAGUE DAY 10 FIXTURES
Saturday 10 November
AEL -PAS Giannena
Xanthi – Panionios
Levadiakos – OFI
Sunday 11 November
AEK – Atromitos
PAOK – Panetolikos
Lamia – Asteras Tripolis
Olympiacos – Panathinaikos
Monday 12 November
Apollon Smyrnis – Aris