CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Gods of War return from the Easter break to give a final charge for fourth place on Sunday, having already clinched a spot in both next season's Europa League and final of the Greek Cup.
Aris boss Hector Raul Cuper will give Americans Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu the nod with two games left to go and the post-season plans made.
However, the Argentine will also be facing a few absentees in the midfield and defense with both Toni Calvo and Cristian Nasuti serving a yellow card suspension and Ronaldo Guiaro doubtful after getting his ankle stitched up after a tackle in training this week.
Asteras Tripolis need a win to stay alive in the Super League with four points separating them from relegation bound Skoda Xanthi. Argentine coach Vangelis Vlahos watched his squad win 3-1 against Panthrakikos two weeks ago, with strikes from Sokratis Fitanidis, Shikoze Udoji, and Croatian forward Danijel Cesarec, who netted his team-leading tenth of the season.
Although conceding a goal and the three points in their earlier regular season meeting, Aris thumped the Peleponnesians out of the Greek Cup fifth round in January with a 2-0 victory, which the newly-arrived Adu and Johnson watched from the bench.
In other team news the Gods of War found out their foe for the April 24th Greek Cup final, league-leading Panathinaikos, 3-1 winners over PAS Giannina on aggregate following Wednesday's scoreless draw.