Tuesday- February 25, 2014/Kick off: 8:45PM/Last 16/Karaiskakis Stadium
United have won all four of the clubs’ past encounters, which came in the 2001/02 and 2002/03 first group stages. Ryan Giggs has featured every time, scoring three goals. United will look to avoid defeat here as well as look for an away goal to have an easier match when they return to play at Old Trafford.
However, this is the first time that they have been back in the round of 16 since the 2009/10 season. Olympiakos are heading into this match ingood form as they have won their last six matches in all competitions. Last year, they did beat Arsenal in the group stages and that makes it 3 wins in a row on home soil against English sides and their overall home record against sides from England stands at W5 D3 L3.
-Olympiakos will be without injured duo Dimitrios Siovas and Javier Saviola while Jose Holebas will be assessed closer to kick-off.
-Carl Medjani is expected to partner Kostas Manolas at centre-back.
-Nelson Valdez will be hoping to prove his fitness to lead the attack.
For Manchester United:
-Defenders Phil Jones (hip) and Jonny Evans (calf) are out of Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos.
-Winger Nani (hamstring) is also sidelined, but defender Rafael and striker Danny Welbeck have overcome their respective head and knee injuries.
-Club-record signing Juan Mata is cup-tied having played earlier in the competition for Chelsea.
-David Moyes could bring Antonio Valencia in for Mata from the side that won 2-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Looking into the mind of both coaches, this is how they will probably line up their team.
For Jose Michel, using a 4-2-3-1 formation: Jimenez – Salino, Papadopoulos, Marcano, Holebas – Maniatis, Machado – Campbell, Fuster, Perez – Olaitan.
For David Moyes, using a 4-4-1-1 formation: De Gea – Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra – Valencia, Fletcher, Carrick, Januzaj – Rooney – Van Persie.
HalftimeNG Prediciton: . If there is one team that can put an end to a team’s winning streak, it’s definitely Manchester United. This should be a very entertaining game no doubt.
Olympiacos 1-2 Manchester United