Rival analysis: Asteras Tripolis profile
Paokfc.gr’s Rival Analysis column puts the magnifying glass on this weekend’s opponents Asteras Tripolis, giving you the lowdown on everything you need to know about the Arcadian club ahead of our Super League Interwetten contest at the Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium.
Asteras are living proof that a structured football project needs faith and perseverance to bring results. Milan Rastavac came in mid-way through last season, reshaped the team and took them from the lower echelons of the standings and into the battle for a place in Europe.
Last summer, the Serbian coach, together with the club’s management, worked out a clear and specific plan. The start was impressive, along the way came a dipin form, but then the team found its way again and despite the failure to reach the quarter-finals of the Greek Cup, the Arkadians are very close to securing their participation in the Play Offs, which was the team’s main goal.
Of late, Asteras has six wins and two draws in their last eight games in the Super League Interwetten. Their last defeat in the league was back on January 6, and that was a 4-0 loss to runaway leaders Olympiacos.
The team from Tripoli have collected 38 points from 23 games, scoring 24 goals while conceding 22. They are sixth in the table and are eight points clear of seventh-placed Volos.
The usual suspect Geronimo Barrales is leading the team up front in terms of goals with 10 strikes to his name so far, but he also has a worthy supporting cast in Luis Fernandez, who has five. Seven players in total have gotten on the scoresheet for the club. The team’s top creative force is Federico Alvarez with four assists, followed by Barrales, Luis Fernandez and Kotsiras.
For the game against PAOK, Rastavac can count on Capilla again, but not on Pasalidis, Tzimas, and Gomez.