-- Preview: Olympiacos - APOEL --
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - GROUP STAGE (GROUP B)
|Olympiacos||3:05 PM (EST)||APOEL|
Olympiacos hosts APOEL at the Karaiskaki Stadium for the second matchday of the Europa League group stage and AGONAsport.com brings you a preview of today’s match. Kickoff is set for 3:05 PM (EST). TV Listings for the United States, Canada, Australia, and Greece can be found here.
Olympiacos: The Greek Champions will look to bounce back after their weekend defeat in the SuperLeague to Larissa. Pressure is on Olympiacos manager Paulo Bento with the team’s recent form in question. In their opening match of the group stages, the Erythrolefki defeated Young Boys 0-1 away from home and currently sit atop Group B with APOEL. Olympiacos will look for a win tonight, in a full Karaiskaki Stadium, that will give them the clear advantage to progress to the knockout stages as the group winners. Any other result will be a disappoint while a loss will cause further trouble within the club.
Starting Line-up: Kostas Fortounis, who has been sidelined recently by Paulo Bento, is expected to make a return to the starting line-up along with Marko Marin. Bento will leave behind is unsuccessful 4-4-2 formation that was used over the weekend against Larissa. Olympiacos is expected to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Leali (GK), Figueiras (RB), Botia (CB), da Costa (CB), de la Bella (LB), Milivojevic (CDM), Cambiasso (CDM), Seba (LM), Marin (RM), Fortounis (AMF), and Ideye (CF). Elyounoussi, who suffered an injury in training will likely be replaced by Seba.
APOEL: The Cypriot Champions, who were also knocked out in Champions League qualifying, are in good form and have a strong squad. They are well disciplined in the back (don’t concede more than one goal per game) while housing a strong attack with Gianniotas (on loan from Olympiacos), Sotiriou, Vander, and Efrem. However, they will be missing de Camargo due to injury. APOEL were victorious in their first match of the group stage with a late comeback over Astana in Nicosia. Over the weekend, they defeated Aris Limassol 0-3 and currently sit 2nd in the Cypriot First Division on 13 points, two behind first placed AEK Larnaca.