The Greek Super League play-offs continue this weekend with yet another pair of exciting encounters.
On Saturday, Aris, who have shown a lot of promise throughout the whole procedure yet lacked the results to back it up, will welcome their eternal rivals PAOK at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium.
The home side should start with most of their players as manager Michael Oenning is not dealing with many injury or suspension issues.
Key central defenders Fran Velez and Hugo Souza are expected to be out, creating a small headache for the German manager who will need to find a replacement.
On the bright side, Vitaly Corhut and Daniel Sundgren have both resumed full training and are in his plans.
As for their opponents, skipper Adelino Vieirinha who was forced to walk out of last weekend’s game against OFI has nothing serious and will be able to start the game, as will young Greek midfielder Dimitris Pelkas.
On Sunday, AEK host Olympiacos at the Olympic Stadium and will need to garner three points if they are to stay ahead of PAOK in second place so as to head to next season’s Champions League qualifiers.
Massimo Carrera hopes to give Portuguese striker Nelson Oliveira a position in the starting line-up, with the 28-year-old playing a key part in last weekend’s hard-fought 2-2 draw against Aris.
On the other hand, the team from Piraeus are in excellent form, as proven by their previous game when they thrashed Panathinaikos 3-0, edging closer to sealing the title.
On Saturday, the ‘greens’ will play OFI in Crete, hoping for a necessary boost to their morale.
1. Olympiacos 75
2. PAOK 56
3. AEK 56
4. Panathinaikos 46
5. Aris 38
6. OFI 34
7:30pm Panetolikos-Asteras Tr.