After a short international break with which the Euro qualifiers came to an end, the Greek Super League resumes.
Olympiacos and PAOK have broken away from the rest of the opposition at the top, yet AEK, who are currently third, hope to do something about that.
The yellows of the South will host the yellows of the North, as Nikos Kostenoglou’s team takes on Aris in Athens, in the most standout game of the schedule.
The manager from Kavala saw his players do well with the national team and is considering giving golden goalscorer in Greece’s match against Finland Kostas Galanopoulos a starting position in midfield.
Central defender Dmitro Chygrynskiy and midfielder Nenad Kristicic will not be participating in the game due to injuries. At the other end, German coach Michael Oenning is preparing for his greatest challenge as manager of Aris.
The team has played four games under the new manager and remain undefeated so far, with three wins and a draw, and will hope to continue their run in Athens.
The former Nurnberg manager is still holding on to hope that he will have his captain Fran Velez match fit for the occasion, while Martin Tonso and Lerin Duarte will be unavailable.
However former Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Nico Martinez has overcome his injury and will return to action on Sunday’s game.
Meanwhile, at Olympiacos, the ongoing feud between former and current stakeholders seems to be at the centre of everyone’s attention.
The company INTRAKAT, which belongs to former chairman Sokratis Kokkalis, issued an eviction notice towards the Olympiacos academies from the Rentis facilities, detonating a series of announcements and accusations from both sides.
Current club owner Evangelos Marinakis accused Kokkalis of siding and doing business with powers that are against Olympiacos (such as AEK and PAOK presidents Ioannis Melissanidis and Ivan Savvidis) and the latter responding that Marinakis is using the club as a vessel to achieve his own self-interests.
Meanwhile, Pedro Martins is trying to keep his players focused on what goes on inside the pitch, with the team playing at Nea Smyrni on Sunday against bottom-of-the-table Panionios.
Both Mathieu Valbuena and long absentee Lazaros Christodoulopoulos are available but it remains unknown if Martins will be using them, considering their situations, and with the game against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in London just a few days away.
Champions PAOK will be looking to take advantage of any potential slip up by the red-and-whites, as they host AEL at Toumba.
Portuguese manager Abel Fereira had two significant returns to the squad as both Fernando Varela and Mauricio are fully fit, while Swedish midfielder Pontus Wernbloom has been making significant progress on his recovery and could also be available for the important game against Olympiacos (1 December).
GREEK SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 11 SCHEDULE
Saturday 23 November
7:30 pm Panionios-Olympiacos
8:00 pm Lamia-Xanthi
Sunday 24 November
5:00 pm Atromitos-OFI
5:15 pm Asteras Tripolis-Volos
6:00 pm PAOK-AEL
7:30 pm AEK-Aris
7:30 pm Panetolikos-Panathinaikos