Barcelona vs. Olympiacos:All you need to know about this match
La Liga leaders Barcelona will meet Olympiacos in the gameweek 3 of Group D as Ernesto Valverde will looking forward
to continue 100% start to their group-stage campaign.
Competition – Champions League
Date – Wednesday, October 18
Time – 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Venue – Nou Camp,Barcelona
TV Info – BT Sport (UK), FOX Sports (U.S.)
Live Stream – beIn Sports Live, Fox Sports Go, Sony Liv
Barcelona can take a big step towards securing qualification for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday when they host Olympiakos at the Camp Nou.
Catalans started their campaign with a 3-0 win over Juventas as Lionel Messi scored a brace.Barca struggled against Sporting CP but still managed to secure three points
which maintained their 100% start to the group stage.Victory here would make their progression virtually inevitable.
Olympiakos, meanwhile, have struggled so far in the Champions League, having lost both of their matches.
The Greek giants having made a poor start to the season both domestically and abroad.
Olympiacos had won just one of their previous seven matches across all competitions prior to a late 4-3 win over Panionios on Saturday, including a run of three straight defeats which made for their worst spell of form since February 2009.
In contrast Barcelona have made a brilliant start to the season.They are coming after the hard fought 1-1 draw against Atletico.
Even for a club of Barcelona’s standing, the start to their Champions League campaign looked difficult with Juventus – who knocked the Spaniards out of last season’s competition – first up before a tricky trip to face Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.
The Blaugrana have made easy work of it so far.Another win this Wednesday would mark a big step towards the last 16 for Barcelona
Barca are unbeaten in their last 22 Champions League matches on home soil stretching back to May 2013, winning 20 of those including the 3-0 triumph over Juventus on matchday one.
Recent form (Last 5 matches – All Competitions):
Barcelona– W W W W D
Olympiacos– W L L L W
Probable line-up: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Suarez, Messi
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Injuries and Suspensions: Ousmane Dembele(injured),Rafinha (injured)
Probable line-up: Proto; Koutris, Cisse, Nikolaou, Figueiras; Odjidja-Ofoe, Romao, Pardo, Fortounis, Seba; Ansarifard
Injuries and Suspensions: Ben Nabouhane(injured)
Head To Head:
These two sides have never faced each other in a competitive fixture before, although Barcelona do have a formidable record against Greek opposition.
The Catalan giants won nine of their 12 matches against Super League teams, including all six of their home games while scoring 26 times and conceding just three.
The kind of form and tempo that Barcelona have showed in the early stages of the season and the quality they have in their squad It is difficult to see anything other than a comfortable home victory for Barcelona in this one.They are taking on an
Olympiacos side in worse shape than they have been in for some time.I will go for a 3-0 easy victory in favour of Barcelona