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Match Preview: Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos

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Biggest two rivals in Greek football – Panathinaikos and Olympiakos square off in the fourth round of the Super League on Sunday night.

Panathinaikos will welcome Olympiakos to the Leoforos Alexandras Stadium in the derby game of the Greek Super League at 19:30 (CET) this evening.

The hosts opened the campaign in poor form, collecting only one point from the previous three rounds.

They started out with a 1-1 draw at Lamia, but then two heavy defeats followed, 3-1 at home to Crete and 4-0 against Aris in Thessaloniki.

Olympiakos sit on top with three wins in three games and they are yet to concede in the league this term.

‘The Thrylos’ will be looking to reclaim their title this season, as they missed out on the trophy in the past two campaigns of Greek football. It was AEK who stopped their eight-year domination in 2018, while PAOK won their third championship at the end of 2018-19.

They visit their bitter rivals on the back of a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League opener midweek. They Red-Whites came back from 2-0 down to start the new European campaign with a point against last year’s runners-up.

Team news

Remember Manchester United’s teenage sensation Federico Macheda? Well, he is the one who scored Panathinaikos’ only two goals in the league this season.

Keep an eye on the Italian forward, but also follow new signing Ghayas Zahid who joined on loan from APOEL last summer.

The visitors have their full squad available for the meeting with their arch-rivals this weekend.

French midfielder Mathieu Valbuena is Olympiakos’ most experienced player, while Portuguese duo Daniel Podence and Ruben Semedo are one of the best.


Olympiakos registered a big win on their most recent visit here, thrashing the Greens 3-0 in March last season.

They are on a 13 game winning streak in the Greek Super League, after their 3-1 defeat to PAOK, who went on to win the league, back in February.

Panathinaikos, on the other hand, have noted only one win in their last six outings in the league, suffering four defeats in the process.

They failed to win any of their last three encounters with the arch-rivals, with their most recent victory coming in October 2017.

Olympiakos are dominating Greek football in the past two decades. They have won 19 titles in the last 23 seasons since 1996-97.

Panathinaikos won the title twice in the period, for the last time back in 2010 with Djibril Cisse as their main forward.