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  • November 6, 2012
  • • 22:45
  • • Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki, Pireás (Piraeus)
  • Referee: M. Strahonja
  • • Attendance: 28217
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Olympiakos - Montpellier Preview: The French champions look to bounce back in Greece after dramatic loss in matchday three

Olympiakos - Montpellier Preview: The French champions look to bounce back in Greece after dramatic loss in matchday three

Kostas Mitroglou's goal in the dying minutes of the previous encounter earned vital points for Leonardo Jardim's men, but there is still all to play for at the Karaiskakis Stadium

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

OLYMPIAKOS

Carroll
Torosidis, Manolas, Contreras, Holebas
Maniatis, Modesto
Fuster, Greco, Mitroglou
Djebbour
MONTPELLIER

Pionnier
Bocaly, Yanga-Mbiwa, Hilton, Bedimo
Saihi,
Stambouli
Utaka, Belhanda, Mounier
Charbonnier

Olympiakos welcome Montpellier to the Karaiskakis stadium on Tuesday evening, having stolen the points in dramatic fashion on matchday 3 thanks to a goal from Kostas Mitroglou.

They will be without Avraam Papadopoulos as the defender is currently still sidelined following the knee injury he suffered whilst playing for Greece in the 2012 European Championships. Pablo Contreras and Kostas Manolas may start as the central defensive pairing.

The Greek side will also be without Ariel Ibagaza and Tasos Papazoglou, who are out until November with a groin and shoulder injury respectively.

Karim Ait-Fana, Montpellier's opening goalscorer in the 2-2 draw with Schalke, suffered a major injury blow at the start of October and will miss six months of action with a knee injury.

However, the French side will likely welcome right-back Garry Bocaly back into the side after the 24-year-old served a suspension in the last match following his dismissal against Schalke. John Utaka, Younes Belhanda and Anthony Mounier may support Gaetan Charbonnier in attack as the Frenchman manages to score Montpellier's goal in the last match at La Masson.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Olympiakos have lost their last four home games against visitors from France. In the previous eight such contests they lost just once, winning five and drawing two.
  • The last time the Athenians beat a French team at home came in the 2004-05 Uefa Cup round of 32 when they beat
    Sochaux 1-0.
  • Kostas Mitroglou's winner on matchday three was Olympiakos' 100th Champions League goal.
  • The previous match at La Mosson was the first occasion Montpellier have faced Greek opponents.
  • The French side are one of three clubs making their debut in the group stage this season, along with Malaga and Nordsjaelland.
  • Montpellier have already dropped more points at home in the league this season that the entire of the 2011-2012 campaign.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Olympiakos Piraeus

Montpellier

Wins
2
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Olympiakos CFP OLY
Olympiakos CFP Olympiakos Piraeus
Draw
Montpellier HSC MON
Montpellier HSC Montpellier
57%
26%
17%

Top 3 Predictions

Olympiakos CFP OLY
2 - 0
Montpellier HSC MON
Olympiakos CFP OLY
1 - 1
Montpellier HSC MON
Olympiakos CFP OLY
2 - 1
Montpellier HSC MON

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