Aris is coming to this clash after a 0:0 draw on the road against Giannina, in a match where they probably deserved a bit more.
They were pretty passive during the first part, but visibly appeared better in the second when they created several decent opportunities, unfortunately failing to be more creative at the finishing to put at least one to the scoreboard. It is worth mentioning that they managed to score in the 33rd minute of the first half, but the goal was disallowed when VAR stepped in.
Aris is currently at 2nd place in the overall standings, quite safe in the Championship Group part of the table, trying to keep the second position and not actually being in a situation to threaten Olympiacos.
Goalkeeper Cuesta (3/0) is out injured, as well as midfielder Bertoglio (13/5).
AEK did just enough in their last match on the road against underdogs from Lamia when they recorded a victory with a close 1:0 result.
They took an early lead in the 9th minute over Ansarifard but having a player less since the 53rd prevented them from being more convincing, even though they appeared better with a numerical disadvantage.
The Athenians are at 4th place in the rankings, being in a similar situation as their opponents in the upcoming clash, but in the case of a three-pointer, they can grab that 2nd spot.
Left defender Insua (10/0) is suspended, while central defenders Hnid (9/0) and Chygrynskiy (8/0) are injured, the same as midfielder Mitaj (4/0).
An open match is to be expected
Currently, the leading spot on the table is out of their reach, but the race for the second position is priceless as well. Every point matters, and with these two being high in the rankings, a quality match is expected. Each side has the means and capabilities to be dangerous in this one, while a clean sheet isn’t seaming like a possibility here, with AEK surely not coming to defend against overperforming hosts for now.