It’s All Greek to Moyes
[dropcap]O[/dropcap]lympiakos are the ‘Celtic’ of their domestic league – the Super League. They are routing their opposition in Greece and currently sit 20 points clear of nearest rivals PAOK and have an incredible goal difference of +69.
As for the Champions League they got through a tricky group which included Benfica and Paris St-Germain to reach the last 16 stage and will be well up for tonight’s first leg match against Man U – despite the head to head records giving Man U a 4-0 advantage.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Max last 10 only)
Oct 2002 C League Olympiakos 2-3 Man Utd
Oct 2002 C League Man Utd 4-0 Olympiakos
Oct 2001 C League Man Utd 3-0 Olympiakos
Oct 2001 C League Olympiakos 0-2 Man Utd
It’s coming on for 12 years since they last met and unquestionably Man U were a bigger force then than they are currently but their performance in this season’s Champions League is hard to fault.
They finished top of Group A with wins including a 5-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen. Man U have also kept four straight clean sheets in the Champions League but are odds against to win at the Karaiskakis Stadium – how times have changed – even a couple of years ago they surely would have been around 8/11 to win this fixture?
There are injury concerns on both sides. For Man U Phil Jones (hip) and Jonny Evans (calf) miss the match, whilst Nani is also sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Record signing Juan Mata is cup-tied after playing in the competition with Chelsea, but Rafael and Danny Welbeck are both fit after injury.
For Olympiakos their top scorer Javier Saviola is out with a thigh problem and Kostas Mitroglou was sold to Fulham in January and Marko Scepovic is cup-tied.
I am backing Olympiakos at 4/6 with Star Sports with a one goal start on the three way handicap (other option +0.5 at a similar price on the Asian Handicap).
RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)
10 points OLYMPIAKOS (+1 goal – 3 way handicap) at around 4/6 with Star Sports