Olympiacos’ worst start to the season in 10 years
Olympiacos have made a poor start to the 2017/18 Superleague season with only two wins from their opening four matches. The start is their worst since the 2007/08 season.
After two wins to kick off the 2017/18 Superleague season against Larissa and Lamia, Olympiacos have dropped points in their last two league games playing to two 1-1 draws away to Xanthi and at home to Asteras Tripolis. The Erythrolefki currently sit second in the Superleague standings with eight points, two behind the leaders, AEK. Olympiacos’ next league fixture will be against their rivals AEK, in what looks to be a critical game for both teams early on in the season.
The last time Olympiacos got off to such a poor start in the Superleague, was during the 2007/08 season under Takis Lemonis. That year, Olympiacos kicked off with a goalless draw away to Panathinaikos before thumping OFI 6-2 at the Karaiskaki stadium. A late equalizer from Marco Aurelio saw Olympiacos play to a 1-1 draw away to Aris on matchday three and a narrow 1-0 win over Apollon Kalamaria followed on matchday 4. That season, Olympiacos managed to win the league ahead of AEK in dramatic fashion thanks to a court decision that awarded the Erythrolefki all three points in an away loss to Apollon Kalamaria (had an illegal player).
When factoring in Olympiacos’ 2-3 loss at home to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League, the SuperLeague giants have gone three consecutive games without a win. The last time this occurred for the Piraeus side was during the 2014/15 season. Then, Olympiacos fell 2-0 away to Dnipro in the Europa League round of 32, lost to Panathinaikos in the league derby 1-2, and drew at home 2-2 to Dnipro in their return leg for the Europa league round of 32.