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De Gea
David De Gea [Reuters]

Olympiakos welcome Manchester United to Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens for the first leg of the last-16 tie in the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on ITV, ITV 1 HD and UTV. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Olympiakos have performed extraordinarily well in the Greek Super League this season. They are yet to lose a single game in the league and have won all except two of their matches played so far. Michel's side are on top of the league table with 74 points from 26 matches and have a 20-point lead against second-placed PAOK Salonika.

In their previous league fixture played last Saturday, Olympiakos thrashed OFI Crete 4-0 with goals from Paulo Machado and a hat-trick from Marko Scepovic.

In the Champions League, Olympiakos progressed to the knockout stages after finishing second in Group C which comprised of Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica and Anderlecht.

The Greek side suffered two defeats in the group stage, both against the French Champions as they finished level on points with Benfica on 10, but had a better head-to-head record against the Portuguese outfit.

Meanwhile, United ended their three-game winless run in the league after registering a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace last Saturday. Robin van Persie opened the scoring in the second-half from the penalty spot before Rooney doubled the English champions' advantage with a volley in the 68<sup>th minute.

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney [Reuters]

David Moyes' side topped Group A in the Champions League group stage, remaining unbeaten with 14 points on their account. In the Premier League, United currently sit sixth with 45 points from 27 matches, 11 points behind fourth placed Liverpool.

What Managers Say

David Moyes: "I really enjoy these games so I'm looking forward to it. Winning the group was a boost, but the game against Olympiakos will be tough. We have to play well to qualify. It's an opportunity to try and win a competition, but we have to get through this tie first. Olympiakos have done well this season, particularly against Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica. They came through a difficult group so we know it's going to be tough."

Michel:"The stakes are high and we won't give anything away. The passion we have displayed to get here will serve us well against United and cause them problems. We will do everything in our power to beat them tomorrow night. The players are extremely motivated and raring to go. United are a top-class team and I will not comment on their form. They cannot afford to make any errors given their position in the Premier League. We also can't afford to give anything less than 100%."

Betting Odds by

Robin Van Persie to score at any time – Industry best 7/5

Adnan Januzaj to score at any time – Industry best 18/5

Ashley Young to score at any time – Industry best 11/2

Michael Carrick to score at any time – Industry best 13/1

Robin Van Persie to score the first goal of the game – Industry best 4/1

Wayne Rooney to score the first goal of the game – Industry best 5/1

Team Form

Giannis Maniatis
Giannis Maniatis [Reuters] Reuters


  • Last Five (Greek Super League, most recent first): W W W W W
  • Last Result: OFI Crete 0-4 Olympiakos

Manchester United

  • Last Five (Premier League, most recent first): W D D L W
  • Last Result: Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United

Team News


  • Injured: Javier Saviola (thigh), Marko Scepovic (ineligible)
  • Doubtful: Nelson Valdez (ankle)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Roberto; Salino, Papadopoulos, Manolas, Bong; N'Dinga, Maniatis; Samaris, Dominguez, Weiss; Olaitan

Manchester United

  • Injured: Phil Jones (concussion), Jonny Evans (hamstring), Nani (hamstring), Juan Mata (ineligible)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Fletcher, Januzaj; Rooney, Van Persie