Olympiacos improve winning record on the pitch

Olympiacos improve winning record on the pitch

After 24 rounds, Olympiacos already have more wins on the pitch than they achieved in the 2017/2018 Super League campaign, with the club having won 18 matches in comparison to 17 last year.

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Of course, if we take into account the 3:0 victory against PAOK which was awarded in court, Olympiacos did tally 18 Super League wins in the 2017/2018 season, but those three points in Thessaloniki were only issued because the game was called off after then head coach Oscar Garcia was struck in the face by a flying object from the stands. Olympiacos eventually finished in a distant third place of the table behind PAOK and champions AEK.

This season, the Erythrolefki have made a large improvement in comparison to the previous Super League season, with the team often playing attractive, flowing football under the guidance of the intelligent Pedro Martins. Under normal circumstances, 18 victories in 24 matches would be enough to mount a serious title challenge, but PAOK’s unstoppable form has put paid to any realistic chances of winning the championship. PAOK managed to do the double over Olympiacos, claiming a dramatic 1:0 victory in Piraeus and a comfortable 3:1 triumph at the Toumba Stadium. PAOK boast a seemingly unassailable seven-point lead in first position with only six games remaining.

Olympiacos are also on course to finish with less defeats. So far, the Thrylos have dropped three losses in the Super League, and two of them came against PAOK. The other defeat was a shock 0:1 setback to OFI on the road. At the moment, Olympiacos possess 18 wins, three draws and three losses in the domestic championship, whereas in the 2017/2018 season, they completed the campaign with 18 victories, six draws and six losses.

The Piraeus based organisation currently have a commanding 13-point advantage over third placed AEK, and assuming a major collapse doesn’t occur, Olympiacos will return to the UEFA Champions League after a one-year hiatus.

Had Olympiacos not been so profligate in front of goal in a number of matches, they could have really given PAOK something to worry about, but in recent Super League games their players have finally started to be more ruthless. Olympiacos used practically all of their opportunities to defeat AEK 4:1 in a key clash at the Karaiskakis Stadium, and on Sunday, they dismissed Aris by the same score in Piraeus as the team scored four goals from a mere seven shots. Olympiacos’ next match will take place on the weekend against eternal rivals Panathinaikos at the Olympic Stadium.

 

by Shaun Nicolaides

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