The Greek Super League kicks into second gear this weekend with the season’s first rivalry fixtures, including a major match between AEK and Olympiacos as well as the Thessaloniki derby between PAOK and Aris.
Enosi hosts the Piraeus giants at “Agia Sophia” Stadium on Monday morning (AEST) in the championship’s fourth round, and both sides will be eager to record a huge statement victory.
The “red-whites” have had a stellar start to their league campaign, bagging three straight successes without conceding a goal, putting them in tremendous spirits ahead of this contest.
AEK has had a rocky start by comparison after drawing their opening fixture and just scraping away with a 2-3 win against Volos last matchday, though they will hope the international break gave them a chance to regroup and prepare for their biggest game yet this season.
PAOK prepares for a visit from crosstown rivals Aris in the other derby match this weekend, with both teams keen to earn early bragging rights over the other.
For Aris, the match also represents an opportunity to get their season back on track, having dropped out of Europe and lost two of their first three league fixtures.
The Double-headed eagle of the North, likewise, is hoping to bounce back following their shocking loss to OFI last round.
Panathinaikos travels away to face Panetolikos on Sunday morning and the Greens will no doubt be fighting for maximum points, particularly with this being their last game before the group stage of the European competitions which commences next week.
The “Trifylli” will hope they can make it three wins from three by downing the Agrinio outfit, giving them a good base before their meeting with Spanish side Villareal.
Lamia meets with OFI at “Athanasios Diakos” ground in the round opener in what promises to be a challenging clash for the Fthiotida team, with the Cretan club having beaten the two Thessaloniki clubs this campaign.
Asteras Tripolis takes on Giannina at home on Sunday evening as both sides strive to prove their worth by beating the other.
The two promoted sides, Kifisia and Panserraikos, go head-to-head in an early six-pointer that could have a major impact in terms of relegation come the end of the season, making it imperative either side secures the victory.
Atromitos battles Volos at home in the matchday’s final fixture on Tuesday morning in what is an early must-win game for both teams, with each of them still yet to register a win thus far.
Greek Super League Rd 4 fixtures (AEST)
Lamia-OFI: 00.30, Sun 17 Sep
Panetolikos-Panathinaikos: 03.30, Sun 17 Sep
Asteras Tripolis-Giannina: 22.00, Sun 17 Sep
Kifisia-Panserraikos: 01.00, Mon 18 Sep
PAOK-Aris: 03.30, Mon 18 Sep
AEK-Olympiacos: 04.30, Mon 18 Sep
Atromitos-Volos: 01.00, Tue 19 Sep