Home » Champ League, Featured, Latest » CL Preview: Olympiakos vs Man United

Since the 2003/04 season, Olympiakos have won eight of the last ten domestic league campaigns in Greece, leading to an unprecedented dominance in the Superleague. In the current season, the club have won 24 of their 26 league matches and are yet to lose a match.

The Greek club have only lost twice outside their domestic campaign this term, both times at the hands of Group C toppers Paris Saint-Germain. Olympiakos finished second behind the Parisian club, level on points with Benfica, but with a better goal difference.

Olympiakos leapfrogged Benfica on the last match day of the Champions League group stage, winning 3-1 against the visiting Portuguese club. Former Argentina international and one time Benfica forward Javier Saviola scored twice for them that night.

David Moyes’ best bet of playing Champions League football with Manchester United next season may be automatic qualification, something only achievable by winning the tournament this term. With United currently 11 points behind fourth paced Liverpool, qualifying for the Champions League via the league is looking increasingly unlikely.

A horrid start to the New Year with three consecutive defeats, Moyes has managed to gain maximum points from only three out of a possible 11 fixtures played in 2014, which also included a Capital One Cup semi-final exit on penalties against Sunderland.

The news of Wayne Rooney’s new long-term deal may provide some respite from this season’s negative headlines for fans, but £37m signing Juan Mata will have to sit this one out as he is cup tied. Though Moyes has come under a lot of fire this season, a successful Champions League run could lay to rest any talk that the Scot is not up to the job.

Olympiakos, who lost their Champions League top scorer Kostas Mitroglou to Fulham in the January transfer window, have never beaten Manchester United before. This tie does favour Manchester United, but given this season’s dip in form, the Red Devils will have to be careful while travelling away to Greece, a place where Olympiakos have enjoyed a great season of football this year.

Related Posts

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.