CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Friday, March 26, 2010
The Black and Gold eleven return triumphantly to Thessaloniki after securing a spot in the Greek Cup final and look to book another spot in the post-season playoff in their final home game.
Both Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu can expect to be in the squad on Sunday, as they were in last Thursday's semifinal return leg against Kavala FC.
The soon-to-be 26-year-old Johnson entered as a substitute in the waning minutes of the 1-1 draw, which brought the aggregate score to 4-2 in Aris's favor.
With three games left in the Super League regular season, Hector Cuper's squad will inch closer to ensuring their presence in the Europa League with a win against the Greens. The three points would add to their five-point lead over Kavala, who host Ergotelis on Sunday, and help improve their chances of winning the post-season play-off between the second through fifth teams.
The team that comes out on top of the six-game home-and-away series will book a spot in the second round qualification round of the Champions League, while the rest enter the Europa League.
Levadiakos are currently hovering in 12th place with 30 points, but only two clear of relegation. Following last Sunday's two-goal shutout of league laggers Panthrakikos, head coach Dimitri Farados has watched his men return to full fitness this week.
In their second consecutive win, Stefano Napoleoni and Mohammed Abubakari authored the goals instead of Giorgos Barkoglou, who has struck eleven times this season, second only to runaway Golden Boot winner Djibril Cissé.
Aris claimed the away win when the two teams last met, courtesy of strikes from Javier Cámpora and Mehdi Nafti. This time around, Hector Cuper looks to remain free of injury woes, and will announce the game-day roster on Saturday.