CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Greek Super League wraps up this Sunday with little at stake for Aris except sealing two victories against the Pireaus powerhouse.
Both Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson can expect to see more playing time under Hector Cuper and another chance to prove their mettle for the Argentine.
Last weekend Aris sealed a spot in next season's Europa League despite falling to Asteras Tripoli 2-1, and have a slim chance of booking a ticket to the Champions League if they win the post-season playoff between the 2nd through 5th place squads. Olympiakos and Aris are sure to meet again in the playoff, joining PAOK and AEK Athens.
The Red and Whites maintained their two-point edge over PAOK last Sunday bowling over Super League down-and-outs Panthrakikos. Vasilis Torosidis netted the winner, and striker Konstantinos Mitroglou picked up his ninth of the season.
On a low note, Blackburn Rovers loanee Matt Derbyshire learned that he will miss the next two weeks following a sprained left ankle picked up in the game. Argentine Jesús Dátolo could make a return to the midfield for coach Božidar Bandović.
Cuper's yellow card problems continue to plague the squad, with Campora and Mehdi Nafti joining Cristian Nasuti on the suspended list, after picking up cautions in the Tripoli game. The former Inter Milan boss will welcome back Toni Calvo from his yellow-card suspension and Michalis Sifakis from injury. The lineup was further depleted on Wednesday after Brazilian back Darcy Dolce Neto strained his adductor.
A Javier Campora goal made the difference when Aris claimed a 1-0 victory in their previous encounter in Thessaloniki last December.