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UEFA Champions League

  • 19 September 2012
  • • 00:15
  • • Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki, Pireás (Piraeus)
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 30922
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Olympiakos - Schalke Preview: Stevens' side face difficult trip to Greece

Olympiakos - Schalke Preview: Stevens' side face difficult trip to Greece

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The Gelsenkirchen club begin their Champions League campaign against the Greek outfit, with both teams boasting unbeaten domestic records this season

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

OLYMPIAKOS

Carroll
 Torosidis, Papazoglou, Siovas, Holebas
Modesto

Abdoun, Maniatis, Fuster, Machado
Djebbour
SCHALKE

Unnerstall
Howedes, Papadopoulos, Matip, Fuchs
Jones, Neustadter
Farfan, Holby, Draxler
Huntelaar

Olympiakos have confirmed that every player who featured in the weekend's 2-1 win over Giannina will be fit to face Schalke, though Avraam Papadopoulos remains sidelined with the knee injury he picked up during the course of Greece's Euro 2012 campaign.

Elsewhere, Giannis Maniatis and Vasilis Torosidis had sat out their club's last match, but coach Leonardo Jardim confirmed that they had been rested due to their involvement with the Greece national team and will be able to return for the clash with Huub Stevens' side.

Meanwhile, Schalke should name an unchanged 4-2-3-1 line-up from the one that beat Greuther Furth 2-0 over the weekend, with Lars Unnerstall continuing ahead of Ralf Fahrmann and the injured Timo Hildebrand.

Club captain Benedikt Howedes will continue at right-back, with Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Joel Matip at the heart of defence and Christan Fuchs on the left. The blossoming partership of Jermaine Jones and Roman Neustadter will be retained, and Lewis Holtby will keep his place in the No.10 role.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Olympiakos also faced German opposition in the group stage of last season's Champions League. The Greeks beat Schalke's Ruhr rivals Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in Athens.
  • Left-back, Jose Holebas (pictured, right) was born in Germany, but chose to elect Greece, the country of his father's birth.
  • In Olympiakos' six competitive home fixtures against Bundesliga clubs there have been 29 goals, and the hosts have prevailed on four occasions, but lost twice.
  • This match will be Schalke's 150th game in European club competition. The have won 77 of their fixtures to date, and won the 1997 Uefa cup.
  • The Gelsenkirchen giants have failed to score on matchday one of their last four Champions League campaigns. One of those matches was a 2-0 loss to Olympiakos' arch-rivals Panathinaikos.
  • Konigsblauen centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos came through the ranks at Olympiakos, before leaving the club at the Veltins Arena in 2010. He remains the youngest player to ever play in the Greek Super League.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Olympiakos Piraeus

Schalke 04

Wins
0
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Olympiakos CFP OLY
Olympiakos CFP Olympiakos Piraeus
Draw
FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Schalke 04 Schalke 04
22%
18%
60%

Top 3 Predictions

Olympiakos CFP OLY
1 - 2
FC Schalke 04 S04
Olympiakos CFP OLY
0 - 2
FC Schalke 04 S04
Olympiakos CFP OLY
1 - 1
FC Schalke 04 S04

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