Olympiakos v Man United Odds, Live Stream & Team News as Champions League now priority for Manchester United
Latest Olympiakos v Man Utd odds, plus live stream schedule and team news from the Champions League, as David Moyes and his side look for a first leg advantage in Greece (KO 19:45GMT).
Manchester United will look to stem the run of English defeats in the Champions league when they travel to Greece to face Olympiakos later this evening.
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The Red Devils may be struggling in the league but they have looked at ease in Europe and will head into the undefeated in the Champions league this season.
With Manchester City and Arsenal both losing last week the onus will be on United and Chelsea to fly the English flag, and last year’s English Champions will fancy their chances against the runaway Greek Super league leaders.
Olympiakos are unbeaten in their domestic league this season winning 24 and drawing 2 of their 26 league games.
The club qualified for the last 16 from a group containing PSG and Benfica, their superior head to head record against the Portuguese side seeing them through but will head into the game without their star forward Javier Saviola and the ineligible Marko Scepovic.
United will head into the game in good form though, beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League.
The game saw the return of Marouane Fellaini to the side with the Belgian turning in a decent performance alongside Michael Carrick in the middle of the Park.
The former Everton man has struggled since his move to Old Trafford but he will look to build on that performance against the Greek side.
Another encourage sign for United manager David Moyes ahead of the game will be the form of strikers Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
Dutch striker Van Persie has scored four goals in his last five games while Rooney celebrated his new contract with the club by scoring against Palace, just the second time he has scored in 11 games.
United will hope to have Phil Jones, Rafael da Silva and Jonny Evans all available after they missed Saturday’s win at Selhurst Park, however Danny Welbeck once again misses out with a knee injury.
January signing Juan Mata is ineligible, having played for Chelsea earlier in the competition.
Despite being aware that the Spaniard would be unavailable in Europe when he signed the diminutive midfielder Moyes revealed his frustration at not having the playmaker in his squad.
“We wanted to get Mata when we could and that was the January transfer window,” said the United boss.
“Yes, it’s a frustration we can’t use him in the Champions League and that’s why you hear people saying January isn’t a great time to buy.
“Most of the clubs are trying to buy players who aren’t Champions League cup-tied.
“But the better ones tend to be – like Juan. We are trying to buy that type of talent, so as I say, we wanted to get him early when we could.”
While league success has been put on hold until next year Moyes believes his side can win Europe’s Premier competition, citing Liverpool’s victory in 2005 as a source of hope.
“It isn’t always the best teams that get to the final in Europe.” Moyes told reporters
“Liverpool in 2005 gives us hope, but in any cup competition you always have a chance”
“I knew it was going to be a hard competition before it started. Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG are all top clubs.
“(But) you see some of the games, where teams have hung on and hung on and somehow nicked a goal.”