The derby of the “eternal enemies” of Greek football is set for its latest encounter (COVID permitting) with mounting pressure on Panathinaikos to bring an end to Olympiacos’ dominant season which has not suffered a single league loss.
The Greens were left embarrassed last week after losing 3-1 to Volos and conquering their archenemy on Monday morning (AEDT) would be the perfect reminder of the threat they pose.
The Piraeus giants, meanwhile, will be seeking vengeance after failing to defeat their rivals in the reverse fixture at Karaiskaki Stadium earlier this season, one of only three league games in which they did not take maximum points.
Second place AEK, who will be very interested in the derby’s result, will have to concentrate their attention on Panetolikos who are travelling to Athens after losing 2-0 to PAOK mid-week.
PAOK are looking to keep the pressure on AEK. They are just two places behind AEK on the ladder, as they host OFI, another team competing for a place in the top six.
Aris is on an away trip to play Apollon Smyrnis and will hope to add to their opponent’s woes after they lost mid-week to OFI 0-3.
A mid-table clash between Asteras Tripolis (eight) and Volos (ninth) looms as a feisty fixture with plenty on offer and the visitors’ confidence will be sky-high after they toppled Panathinaikos last round.
Lamia welcomes Ionikos to their home in what promises to be another tight contest between 12th and 11th, the home side hoping to end their seven-match winless league run.
PAS Giannina faces Atromitos at home in the final match on Monday morning and they will look to secure a win to maintain their current position in fourth, narrowly on top of both Panathinaikos and OFI.
Greek Super League Round 18 fixtures (times AEDT)
Asteras Tripolis-Volos: 02.15, Sun 16 Jan
Lamia-Ionikos: 02.15, Sun 16 Jan
PAOK-OFI: 04.30, Sun 16 Jan
Apollon Smyrnis-Aris: 04.30, Sun 16 Jan
AEK-Panetolikos: 02.15, Mon 17 Jan
PAS Giannina-Atromitos: 04.30, Mon 17 Jan
Panathinaikos-Olympiacos: 04.30, Mon 17 Jan