It has gone down to wire in the inaugural Achilles Cup and with just one game to play the only things that are known are that Galatasaray have won the wooden spoon and that Olympiacos are in the final, whether they will finish top of the group is yet to be decided.
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Match Day 6 Fixtures – Weds 13th April
Besiktas v Olympiacos
Fenerbahce v Galatasaray
The permutations for the three clubs in contention are limited with the required results as follows.
Olympiacos – For the Greeks they just have to avoid being beaten by Besiktas in their final fixture to finish top of the table, no one would bet against it as they are unbeaten in their previous five outings in the competition.
Besiktas – They have their destiny in their own hands but need to win against Olympiacos to progress into the final, no mean feat considering the Greeks record. A draw wouldn’t be good enough if Fenerbahce win as their Turkish rivals have a superior goal difference.
Fenerbahce – The Yellow Canaries will only be singing if they win and Besiktas lose, any other result will see them as dead as a Norwegian Blue in a Monty Pythion sketch.
Given Galatasarys woeful form in the competition and home advantage I would expect Fenerbahce to be too strong for their opponents and to get the win they need.
A hard one to call in the other fixture given the previously mentioned impressive record of Olympiacos, it would be a brave or foolish man to bet against them completing the group stage unbeaten. Call me a fool because I have a feeling that with home advantage and a win at all costs situation the Black Eagles may find their Greek opponents without their foot fully on the gas pedal having already qualified.
Whichever way it goes good luck to all and may the ball run true.