OLYMPIAKOS SET TO WIN 44TH LEAGUE TITLE
In Greece, Olympiakos are set to lift their 44th league title.
They are the most successful side in Greek football but there is a small issue this time. During the Greek Cup last four, they clashed with AEK Athens in the first leg. They lost they game but their fans caused trouble which might eventually come back to hurt them.
Football related violence in Greece is a big deal so stiff measures are usually meted out to erring sides. A hearing is expected to decide the punishment for the club. Even with a game left, they are six points clear from their closest rival. However, all these could change if at the hearing they are stripped of six points as a result of the crowd trouble.
This could affect Olympiakos and make them to lose their one game advantage which they hold over PAOK. If PAOK win their last match, then they would be crowned champions. If both sides play a draw, then PAOK would lift the title as they have the better head to head.
PAOK are desperate to win the title this term having won it just twice in their history. The last time was far back in 1985.
Olympiakos defeated Giannina 5-0 over the weekend. Goals from Marko Martin, Manuel Da Costa, Alberto de la Bella and Alejandro Dominguez sealed victory for them.
“It has been a strange season but in the end we’re the champions and that’s what matters,” the coach Takis Lemonis said after their win.
The hearing could decide who becomesthe champion but if Olympiakos sail to victory against 11th placed Panaitolikos next week, then there is no stopping them from yet another title. The result from the PAOK and Kerkyra game would not matter.