We have the starting team from Greece as Manchester United face Olympiakos in the Champions League.
Winners of the Greek Super League last year, Olympiakos are once again setting the pace domestically. They’ve only dropped four points all season, and after a run of seven consecutive victories, are a massive twenty points clear of PAOK. They didn’t find things easy in their Champions League group, losing both matches to PSG, but just pipped Benfica for second place to reach the knock-out stages.
David Moyes has been unable to lift an inadequate Manchester United squad to the same heights as his predecessor managed and they are currently languishing in seventh, fifteen points off Premier League leaders, having picked up five points from their last four games. But they came through their Champions League group without losing a game and Europe offers United their best chance of success this season.
The head to head record makes encouraging reading for Manchester United. They’ve met the Greek side four times, all in the Champions League and have been victorious on all four occasions, including both matches in Greece.
Their last encounter came in the Group Stages of the 2002-03 Champions League. United won the first game at Old Trafford 4-0, but were made to work hard in the reverse fixture in Athens. They lead 2-0 after an hour, but Olympiakos scored twice in four minutes to level the match before Paul Scholes popped up with the winner with six minutes to go.
Manchester United Team – De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young; Rooney, van Persie United subs: Lindegaard, Büttner, Fellaini, Giggs, Kagawa, Hernandez, Welbeck
Olympiakos Team – Roberto, Salino, Manolas, Marcano, Holebas, N’Dinga, Maniatis, Dominguez, Fuster, Campbell, Olaitan
|Both Teams To Score & Match Result|
|Half Time/Full Time|
|Under||Total Goals||Over||Under||First Half Goals||Over|
|Under||Home Goals||Over||Under||Away Goals||Over|
|Nelson Haedo Valdez|
|Robin Van Persie|