The war of words and collision between all major forces that threaten to consume the entire Greek football world continue.
After a vote that was made by the Greek Professional Sports Committee for the scandal of common ownership between the teams of PAOK and Xanthi by Ivan Savvidis, the Hellenic Government intervened and announced a new law by which no athletic club could face relegation regarding off-field charges.
This was brought to Parliament and was voted in favour by the members of New Democracy (Nea Dimokratia) and SY.RIZ.A. who were present, leading to a barrage of announcements by both PAOK and Olympiacos.
This state of events creates a very tense situation ahead of round 22 of the Greek Super League, which will see the acting champions travel to Athens in their quest to remain at the top of the ladder.
They will be up against a renewed Panathinaikos side, with a squad bolstered by new transfers in their attempt to secure fourth place and go as far as they can in the play-offs.
The latest addition to the team is Spanish forward Carlitos who signed with the club mid-week and is in a could enough condition to at least be on the bench and offer his services as a substitute.
The second most interesting game of the week, for reasons entirely non-football related, will be that between Olympiacos and Xanthi. With all the heavy accusations the team from northeast Greece is facing of supporting their main contenders for the championship trophy, fans of the home side will certainly not be expecting them with open arms, in a game where the eyes will be glued to the stands, rather than in the pitch.
At the same time however, the Piraeus club continues to remain active on the transfer market, with the record sale of Daniel Podence to Wolves – for a fee of 25 million euros – and the loan of Leonardo Koutris to Spanish side Mallorca, but also the purchase of Ahmet Hasan, a player that was a member of the team last season.
Meanwhile, AEK will face a difficult outing to Peristeri where they will be up against the always challenging Atromitos, with club manager Massimo Carrera not able to count on the services of Dmitro Chygrynskiy, Marios Ikonomou, Victor Klonaridis and Simoes, but midfielder Simao returning to action.
Aris will attempt to return to winning ways as they host bottom-of-the-table Panionios, while OFI will also try to bounce back against Larissa.
GREEK SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 22 SCHEDULE
Saturday 1 February
5:15 pm Volos-Lamia
5:15 pm OFI-AEL
7:30 pm Olympiacos-Xanthi
Sunday 2 February
3:00 pm Aris-Panionios
5:15 pm Asteras Tripolis-Panetolikos
5:15 pm Atromitos-AEK
7:30 pm Panathinaikos-PAOK