UCL Match Preview- Olympiacos vs Sporting CP
In a group where the first and second place is practically reserved for Barcelona and Juventus, the others can only fight for finishing as the third-ranked. But still, with the ball being round, nobody’s stranger to surprises. So, Olympiacos and Sporting CP begin the group stage in high spirit at Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki.
UEFA Champions League
Date: 12th September 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET/ 00:15 IST (13th September)
Venue: Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki.
By defeating Rijeka in the play-offs round with a combined score of 3-1, Olympiacos entered the most prestigious competition. Last year, they were eliminated by Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the 3rd qualifying round.
They are coming from a draw in their domestic campaign after the two initial wins. They are currently the second-ranked in Greece.
Their team has recently been improved by Engels from Club Brugge, who has already scored in his one appearance, and Djurdjevic from Partizan, so the efficiency should be better.
Sporting entered the Champions League by defeating FCSB in the play-offs round with a combined score of 5 – 1. Last year, they were eliminated in the group stage.
They too are the second-ranked in their national league. They have 5 consecutive wins after five weeks, most recently away against Feirense.
Olympiacos likely XI:- (4-2-3-1)
- Defenders:Figueiras, Romao, Engels, Koutris
- Midfielders:Odjidja-Ofoe, Gillet
- Attacking Midfielders:Marin, Fortounis, Seba
Sporting CP likely XI (4-2-3-1)
- Goalkeeper:Rui Patricio
- Defenders:Piccini, Coates, Mathieu, Silva
- Defensive Midfielders:Carvalho, Battaglia
- Attacking Midfielders:Martins, Fernandes, Acuna
Olympiacos vs Sporting CP: Head to head
Their only head to head encounter so far has been a club-friendly game in 2012. Sporting CP won at home with a narrow 1 – 0.