CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Thursday, April 22, 2010
The Greek Cup final gets underway on Saturday as Aris' American duo roll into Athens to clash with the Super League champions.
Both Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu will make the trip, with the former likely to feature in the starting eleven.
With the season wrapped up, the two clubs face off for only the second time in the much-anticipated Cup final, their previous meeting occurring 70 years ago.
Although Aris boss Hector Cuper faces no major injury issues, the Argentine will be without the services of Carlos Arano, who saw red in last Sunday's 2-1 loss to Olympiakos.
Toni Calvo is expected to be healthy come game-time, in spite of missing two training sessions earlier this week.
Athenian skipper Nikos Nioplias has few injury worries to deal with and should have a full squad at his disposal on Saturday.
Greek defenders Giourkas Seitaridis and Filipos Darlas are still recovering as is midfielder Sotiris Ninis.
In their two meetings this season, the Athenians handed Aris their first loss of the season in a 2-1 win before sharing the spoils of a goalless draw in January.
The Greens last won the cup in 2004, their 16th ever, and were booted out of the final in 2007 against Larissa.
Meanwhile, Aris are looking to raise the metal for only the second time in their club's history with the first coming back in 1970.