James Rodriguez and Yan Imbila go into the derby while Panathinaikos rests. Both missed the match against Lamia, with the first overcoming his discomfort and the second staying out due to suspension, but they are expected to return for the derby against Panathinaikos.
Both are catalysts for the Olympiacos game. One in terms of attacking side and the other in midfield. James Rodriguez and Yan Impila have had the chance to rest the last twenty-four hours and are now ready to return to the red and white line-up for the derby against Panathinaikos.
The midfielder of the Colombian team, who has overcome foot problems, and the French midfielder, who has served suspension, are ready to take on Olympiacos on their backs and lead the Piraeus team, along with their teammates, to victory over the Greens.
Hamis and Impilas are looking forward to the “eternal” derby match on Saturday (25/2) in “Georgios Karaiskakis” and we must not forget that they were among the champions of Olympiacos in the first round match at Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.
As was Inbom Hwang, who got into the derby rhythm as of Monday afternoon (20/2). “I can’t wait to see you on Saturday in Karaiskakis. The most important game of the season is on SaturdayThe South Korean midfielder wrote in a post on his social media accounts.
In terms of Mitchell’s options in midfield and attack, first thoughts are for Olympiacos to line up with Impella and Huang in midfield, with Bale, Kanus and Hamis ahead of them and Bakabu up front. With Fortunis and Arabi vying for a place in the starting line-up, they are both players with experience and goals in these types of games.
In any case, the Piraeus team will have to change its image in the derby, to become more decisive, efficient and substantial, as it had 12 big games ahead of it in the remaining 13 matches in the league. With the exception of the Levadiakos match in Faliro, on 5 March, all the remaining matches, along with the qualifying matches, are of high difficulty and “final” for Olympiacos.
Of course, the Reds and Whites can’t look away at the moment, just to focus on the game against the Greens.
Olympiacos will need to first defeat Panathinaikos in Karaiskakis and then get a score against AEK in New Philadelphia in the final round of the league’s regular season, in order to turn things on their head in the Stoiximan Premier League.
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