PAOK v Asteras Tripolis
After grabbing a huge 2-1 win away at Olympiacos on Monday, PAOK are set to host a solid Asteras Tripolis on home soil. The game against Olympiacos was just one of the two Greek Super League matches where PAOK managed to net more than one goal this season. The first game in which they scored twice dates back in August, when they netted a winner six minutes into the second half’s stoppage time.
As for the derby with Olympiacos, PAOK scored two goals with just one shot on target. The hosts scored an own goal early in the duel, with PAOK capitalising on their only clear chance in the game after the break.
On Sunday, PAOK will be tasked to break down one of the most solid defences in the Greek Super League, as Asteras (sitting ninth) have conceded seven times in eight games. The visitors are heading to the game after failing to find the back of the net against Panetolikos on home soil.
Asteras may have conceded just two goals in their last four games, but they have been struggling to create in the final third. In fact, they have recorded just two shots on target in their last two games. Tripoli have faced theoretically stronger sides three times so far, losing their games against Aris (2-0) and Panathinaikos (1-0) and drawing 0-0 against Olympiacos. Meanwhile, they haven’t conceded more than two goals in any of their games thus far apart from their Super League opener against Volos (3-3).
PAOK will take to the Toumba pitch in their bid to build on their huge victory against Olympiacos but breaking down a solid Asteras defence is not an easy task. It is doubtful whether PAOK will manage to beat Asteras in a game where we shouldn’t expect more than two goals to be scored.
Panathinaikos v Aris
Despite Lamia defending very deep and Panathinaikos missing starting striker Andraz Sporar, Ivan Jovanovic’s men grabbed a 2-0 win on the road, this being their eighth consecutive victory this season. Panathinaikos have yet to drop points in 2022/23, boasting the best defence in the league with just two goals conceded.
Yet, they allowed in those two goals against the only two strong opponents they have faced thus far, as Panathinaikos grabbed 2-1 wins against both AEK Athens and PAOK. Following their win over 10th-placed Lamia, Panathinaikos are set to take on another strong rival in Aris, who are visiting the Athens-based team after grabbing a morale-boosting 2-1 comeback win against Ionikos.
It should had been easier for Aris to beat bottom-placed Ionikos, but Alan Pardew’s side have been struggling thus far, with the Englishman being the coach who succeeded German Burgos earlier this season. Aris have scored or conceded in all but one of their 12 official games thus far, with the home derby against PAOK being their only game which ended in a goalless draw.
In fact, only one of the top-10 teams in the Greek Super League table have conceded more goals than Aris (nine) in the first eight duels of the 2022/23 campaign. Burgos was sacked early into the season because he failed to deal with Aris’ defensive frailties, but Pardew has seen his team concede six goals in his four games in charge.
Their fragile backline will now be tasked to face the second-best attack in the league, as Panathinaikos have netted 14 goals in eight games. Home support have provided a major boost to this Panathinaikos side in their fans’ bid to push them to their first league title in 12 years. Only four of the 20 games the two teams have played so far this season have ended with under 1.5 goals and we should expect to see at least two goals scored in this game.
Levidiakos v AEK Athens
AEK may have grabbed a narrow last-gasp 1-0 win against a solid Atromitos on home soil, but had it not been for an extraordinary Andreas Gianniotis in the visitors’ goal, they would have managed a quite comfortable victory.
Gianniotis produced as many as 12 saves, but he couldn’t deny Nordin Ambrabat from the spot, with the latter netting AEK’s 15th goal and leading them to their sixth win in eight games this season. AEK boast the finest attack in the Greek Super League, having netted at least two goals in six matches thus far. No team have managed more points on the road than Mathias Almeyda’s side, who average two goals per match away from home thus far.
On Monday, they will take on a struggling Levadiakos side who are sitting second-bottom, having yet to register a win this term. Only one team have picked up fewer points than Levadiakos on home soil this season, with Jasminko Velic’s men having conceded in both their home matches thus far.
AEK have beaten Levadiakos in all their last eight duels. In those matches, Levadiakos did not manage to find the back of the net, while AEK averaged three goals per game. All but one of Levadiakos’ last six games have ended with over 1.5 goals and we should expect the same to happen on Monday.
AEK will push from the off in their bid to build on their momentum and this time they are not going to face a talented Gianniotis, but Matej Markovic, who has conceded 11 goals thus far, with Levadiakos having the fourth-worst defence in the league. After waiting until four minutes into the second half’s stoppage time to find the back of the net against Atromitos, AEK will try to seal the victory early in the game against Levadiakos.
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