New draw in the Greek Cup
The Group Stage (or Round of 32) of the Greek Cup was completed on Thursday (17/12/15). A total of 16 teams qualified the next round and the ones that finished first will be randomly selected to face one of the eight teams that finished second (click here for the current rules). The Hellenic Football Federation announced today (the Greek article here) the draw is scheduled to take place on Friday 18/12/15 at 11:00 am.
The two groups of the draw
Group A (strong teams): Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, PAOK, AEK, Asteras Tripolis, Atromitos, Panionios and Iraklis.
Group B (weak teams): PAS Giannina, Veria, Platanias, Levadiakos, Kalloni, Larissa*, Ergotelis* and Chania*.
*Football League clubs
The favorites are safe at the moment
The rules dictate that two matches will be held (away goals rule) to determine the teams of the Quarter Finals. The first will be held at the venues of Group B on 5-7/1/16. The rematches will be held on the venues of Group A on 12-14/1/16.
Unfortunately, all teams who aim at the final of the tournament happened to be in the strong group. They have two matches to get the job done and, with the rematches being held at home, it will be very difficult to see any great surprises. Hopefully the Quarter Finals will be a lot more interesting…