By: Peter Katsiris
Hoping to fend off pressure from Asteras Tripolis FC and avoid relegation at season’s end, Atromitos FC hosts league leaders Olympiacos FC in Peristeri on Sunday (19:00 GR, Novasports Highlights).
With just two points separating Giorgos Donis’ side from the drop zone, there are must win implications for the Asteri on Sunday night. The task, however, couldn’t come harder enough as Olympiacos look to close out their title-winning season on a high-note following last weekend’s 3-1 win against FC Kavala.
Atromitos, who have a Greek Cup Final date against AEK Athens FC at the end of the month, will be without some regulars as Marcelo Oliveira and Marek Saganowski are out for the Olympiacos visit.
Winless in the league since 23 January, the Peristeri will need a big effort in their final two league matches as the club also faces a tough visit from Kavala next weekend.
If Atromitos are to catch a break, it could be in the form of the news that Olympiacos manager Ernesto Valverde has elected to give some of the Erythrolefki’s younger stars the priority over regulars like Avraam Papadopoulos and Ariel Ibagaza as Ioannis Fetfatzidis and Giannis Potouridis have been named to the 18-man roster.
Still, Olympiacos’ second-unit has been fairly efficient this season and the Spanish manager is still planning on having the club’s leading scorer Kevin Mirallas in the squad as well. Atromitos will be hoping to replicate a performance from early on this season as Donis’ men stretched Olympiacos in a narrow 2-1 loss back in December. A loss won’t be good enough this time around, however – the last time Atromitos defeated Olympiacos was a 1-0 win back in 2006 December.
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