CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The ongoing saga between Aris FC and Xanthi comes to a close on Wednesday afternoon in a Greek Cup quarterfinal playoff, the third meeting between the two clubs in less than three weeks.
Following their recent run of solid effort, Americans Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson can expect to resume their positions in Hector Cuper's starting lineup.
Darcy Dolce Neto netted the game-winner in the waning seconds of last Wednesday's wet Greek Cup quarterfinal, forcing a tie and a replay to be held at Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium.
Midfielders Medhi Nafti and Dario Fernandez will also return to the player pool, possibly filling in for Nacho Garcia due to a red card suspension following the ejection from last Sunday's 2-1 win over Ergotelis FC. French newcomer Camel Meriem already missed out on that match with a broken nose and will still sit out in spite of a protective mask.
Skoda Xanthi found themselves on the losing side last Saturday at home to Larissa, 1-0. Coach Ioannis Matzourakis will be without the services of familiar faces Kim Jaggy, Giannis Papadimitriou, Athanasios Kostoulas and Mauro Poy.
Tomorrow afternoon's winner will also find out the semifinal opponent after Panionios faces off with Kavala, which was postponed last week due to inclement weather.