Date: Auguts 5th, 2014
Venue: Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium – Athens, Greece
Kick-off Time: 19:00 BST
Panathinaikos will be hosting Belgian side Standard Liege in the 2nd leg of the Champions League third round qualifier.
“The Greens” are one of the most successful teams in Greece, even boasting of a European Cup runners-up medal. “The Reds”, on the other hand, also have a great history, and like their opponents they are one of the most successful teams in their country, Belgium.
Standard Leige have only managed a semi-final in the European Cup which was played before the modern Champions League.
Their first match-up was an extremely tight game, where both sides couldn’t produce any significant chances and the game ended up 0-0.
With only one competitive game played so far, they will be looking to get into form in order to make a title challenge, like last season, where they ended up short finishing second. If friendlies are used as an indicator to form than Panathinaikos have shown inconsistency throughout the fixtures.
Panathinaikos have participated nine times in the Champions League, with the most recent one being in 2010-11, where they didn’t manage to make it out the group stage.
Standard Liege’s Form
Two matches into the Belgian Pro League, they have shown their class, winning both fixtures with authority, allowing them sit in the top position early in the season. They will now shift their attentions to the Greek side, in hopes of advancing to the next stage in the competition.
Having only participated once in the modern Champions League in 2009-2010, they didn’t manage to make it out the group stage.
Panathinaikos: Marcus Berg
Swedish international Berg will be important for Panathinaikos, if he can show the composure and skill in front of goal like he did last season than Liege better watch out.
Standard Liege: Geoffrey Mujangi Bia
In great form, Mujangi Bia has shown his ability in front of goal this season, notching in 3 goals in 3 appearances so far in this campaign. The Greek side must remain cautious when defending the winger in the upcoming game.
Standard Liege have had a goo start to their league campaign but beating the Greek’s in their own back yard is going to be a tough ask.
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