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Olympiacos-Panathinaikos: Key battle of the “eternal” rivals in Faliro!


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Olympiacos and Panathinaikos face off at “Georgios Karaiskakis” three “turns” before the end of the regular season in this year’s Stoiximan Super League championship, in a derby of the “eternals” that can prove to be decisive in the battle to win the title!

The “red and whites” come to tonight’s match coming from two consecutive comfortable victories against Panaitolikos (at home) and Lamia (away), thanks to which… they healed the wounds that were opened by the heavy defeat with 3-0 by AEK in ” Opap Arena”, in the first semi-final of the Greek Cup. Tonight they are looking for their first derby win of the season. In 3rd place in the standings with 49 points, Piraeus have collected five less than the pioneer Panathinaikos and one from Union, which however has a game less, until the fate of its match against Atromitos in Peristeri is known.

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THE Mitchell he decided not to announce an assignment ahead of the big derby, wanting to have all his footballers in the… cheetah, while he will wait until the last moment for them James Rodriguez and Socrates Papastathopoulos, who will logically be in his starting line-up. Data, however, the Spanish technician will not have them at his disposal Gary Rodriguez and Panagioti Retsowho are suffering from injuries.

“What I’m thinking is that I want to win the match and I’m looking for the solutions to do that. I believe that our team will play well and I not only have hopes but with all the respect I have for the opponent I believe that we will win. For me revenge and hatred do not exist. There is the struggle and the victory because we have many motivations. It’s a derby. We want and we can win”said the coach of Olympiakos ahead of tonight’s big derby!

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On the other hand, the pioneer Panathinaikos has found a rhythm again after the defeats against PAOK and Asteras Tripoli, building a winning streak and returning to the top of the standings! The three consecutive victories against Lamia, Aris and Volos have restored the very good psychology in the ranks of the “greens”, who tonight will try to remain unbeaten in a sixth consecutive “eternal” derby.

As far as the Panathinaikos squad is concerned, the only absentee (besides the long-term absentees) will be the Slovenian winger, Benjamin Verbich, who suffered a first-degree contusion and is expected to be sidelined for the next two weeks. On the contrary, the Ivan Jovanovich will have them available Hondur Magnusson and Laszlo Kleinheisler.

“It’s a game, it’s three points and we won’t be destroyed if we don’t win. At this stage, the victory counts to stay at the top. After all, including this derby, we will play with Olympiakos three times until the end of the year. I have to be focused and try to play football. These games are judged in the details and they are won by the team that will make as few mistakes as possible”, said the coach of the “greens” ahead of the big derby.the Serbian coach said on the eve of the derby.

The mission of Panathinaikos: Brignoli, Lodingin, Xenopoulos, Vaiannidis, Huancar, Ruben, Senkefeld, Pouhats, Ioannidis, Kleinheisler, Sporar, Bernard, Sanchez, Cerin, Mancini, Tsokai, Kourbelis, Magnuson, Kotsiras, Sarlia, Palasios, Poungouras, Campetsis.

In the first-round derby at the Avenue last November, the two sides were held to a 1-1 draw, with Biel giving the Reds the lead in the 84th minute before Sporar equalized from the penalty spot. Avila to Ioannidis, in the last minutes of stoppage time.

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Possible lineups

Olympiacos (Mitchell): Paschalakis – Rodinei, Papastathopoulos, Ba, Reampchuk – Embila, Huang – Biel, Hames, Kanos – Bakabou

Panathinaikos (Jovanovic): Brignoli – Kotsiras, Senkefeld, Magnusson, Huancar – Kourbelis, Perez – Bernard, Palasios, Mancini – Ioannidis

Referee: Joao Pinheiro

Assistants: Bruno Jesus, Luciano Maia

Fourth: Perrakis

VAR: Fabio Melo

AVAR: Parsley

Source: Sport Fm

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