As Manchester United are currently out of the EPL title race, they trail fourth place Liverpool by 11 points with 11 games remaining. The best chance Manchester United to qualify for the Champions League next year is by winning this year’s UEFA Champions League edition. Only Olympiakos stand in their way in the Round of 16. Catch the live streaming here.
The game is scheduled for an 8.45 pm CET (1.15 am IST Wednesday morning) kickoff.
David Moyes takes his team to Athens fresh from a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace and seeking to extend their unbeaten run against Greece’s best team. Manchester United have won all four previous meetings with Olympiakos, scoring 12 goals and conceding only two while keeping three clean sheets.
1- Olympiakos are making their first knockout stage appearance in four years
2- Olympiakos have failed to beat Manchester United in four previous Champions Leagues meetings, scoring twice and conceding 12 goals.
3- Olympiakos have won six of their last eight home games in the Champions League and have never failed score in those eight games.
4- Olympiakos have picked up 17 cards (all yellows), the most among the 16 remaining teams in the competition.
5- Olympiakos have faced two penalties in the Champions League this season but both have been saved by their goalkeeper, Roberto.
6- Olympiakos are unbeaten in their last 15 games having won 14 and drawn 1.
7- Olympiakos have lost all five of their previous two-legged knockout ties against English clubs in the Champions League.
1- This is the 16th time in the last 18 seasons that Manchester Utd have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League.
2- Manchester United are unbeaten in the Champions League so far, winning four and drawing two of their six games this season. One of only three teams alongside Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
3- Ryan Giggs is only three games short of equalling Raul’s record of 142 appearances in the Champions League.
4- Manchester United have only conceded three goals in the Champions League this season, the best defensive tally alongside Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.
5- Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Champions League games, the best current run in the competition.
PAST THREE MEETINGS
Olympiakos 2 (Choutos, Djordjevic) Manchester United 3 (Blanc, Veron, Scholes), Champions League, October 2002.
Manchester United 4 (Giggs 2, Veron, Solskjaer) Olympiakos 0, Champions League, October 2002.
Manchester United 3 (Solskjaer, Giggs, van Nistelrooy) Olympiakos 0, Champions League, October 2001.
Manchester United are heavily favoured against Olympiakos. But with the opening leg in Athens, and looking for their third straight home success in the competition, can Olympiakos cause a surprise in this round of 16 showdown?