Panathinaikos-Rayo: Strong friendly for the “greens” before the games with Dnipro


A strong friendly against Rayo Vagecano (9:00 p.m., COSMOTE Sport 1, bwinSPORT FM, tonight Panathinaikos plays at Leoforos.

After the draw with Hapoel Be’er Sheva last Friday, the “greens” will play their last friendly game before the clashes with Dnipro for the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League. Essentially, this is the dress rehearsal, since the first game against the Ukrainian team is in a week, in Slovakia.

Ivan Jovanovic is expected to advance for a significant part of the match (not for 90 minutes) in the starting line-up for the first official match of the season. All indications are that he will rely on the players from last season, perhaps with 1-2 youngsters, as he wants to give the players acquired this summer time to adapt and assimilate his philosophy.

In fact, it is very likely that he will wear the shirt with the shamrock for the first time Tony Villena, while participation time is also expected to be taken by Fotis Ioannidis, who returned from his early preseason injury.

On the other hand, Mr Cherin is doubtful, as he followed an individual program in yesterday’s Panathinaikos training session.

Rayo just started their preparation last week (13/7) and this will be their first friendly. Last season they finished eleventh in LaLiga. The biggest name on its roster is Colombian center forward Radamel Falcao, while winger Palathon and striker Raul De Tomas also stand out. Francisco Rodriguez, who succeeded Anthony Iraola, was appointed a new coach of the team a few weeks ago.

The possible line-up: Brignoli, Kotsiras, Senkefeld, Magnusson, Huancar (Mladenovic), Ruben, Bernard, Kleinheisler, Palacios, Verbic, Sporar.

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Source: Sport Fm

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