In this week's final round of Europa League group games, Olympiakos host AC Milan in a game which should determine the outcome of Group F.
Milan go into the game in second place, one point behind Real Betis. Olympiakos sit in third place and a win would see them level on points with Milan in second place where goal difference would ultimately decide who goes through.
Let’s see how our #UEL Group F opponents faired in their respective leagues before the final group match https://t.co/9gz99cS2eE— AC Milan (@acmilan) 11 December 2018
A due giorni dall'ultima partita nel girone, vediamo i risultati di Olympiacos e Real Betis nei rispettivi campionati https://t.co/ikM7vwom42 pic.twitter.com/0sHSndtbhe
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Thursday 13 December|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||20:00 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Karaiskakis Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||BT Sport 1|
Olympiakos have a relatively clean bill of health at the moment. It seems that only 25-year-old centre forward Ahmed Hassan will be a certain to be out for this match. The striker suffered a knee injury back in November and his expected return to fitness is currently unknown.
The Rossoneri on the other hand have a much longer injury list to deal with.
|Olympiakos||Sa; Koutris, Vukovic, Cisse, Torosidis; Nahuel, Guilherme, Fortounis, Camara, Elabdellaoui; Guerrero.|
|AC Milan||Reina; Calabria, Zapata, Abate, Rodriguez; Suso, Keisse, Bakayoko, Calhanoglu; Cutrone, Higuain.|
Head to Head Record
The two sides have already faced one another earlier on in the group back in October when Milan hosted - and the home side came out on top comfortably on that occasion. Despite falling 1-0 down to a 14th minute strike from
In Greece, Olympiakos have endured a frustrating time in the league so far. Despite sitting in third position on a reasonable 27 points from 13 games, they still find themselves a way off from the top. League leaders PAOK have enjoyed an unbeaten league season so far, having won all but one of the 13 games.
The last time the side played in Europe they fell 1-0 to group leaders Real Betis, however a 5-1 thrashing of Dudelange - the team bottom of the group - earlier on in the competition has at least given them a decent goal difference (just two shy of Milan) which could decide matters when the final whistle blows.
Milan themselves also find themselves way off the top when it comes to league football. But the Serie A was never going to be realistic target this term with Juventus and Napoli likely to battle it out for that accolade. Sitting in fourth place,
Here's how the two sides have performed in their last five fixtures:
|Xanthi 1-1 Olympiakos (9/12)||Milan 0-0 Torino (09/12)|
|Olympiakos 2-1 Panetolikos (3/12)||Milan 2-1 Parma (2/12)|
|Real Betis 1-0 Olympiakos (29/11)||Milan 5-2 Dudelange (29/11)|
|Atromitos 1-2 Olympiakos (25/11||Lazio 1-1 Milan (11/25)|
|Olympiakos 1-1 Panathinaikos (11/11)||Milan 0-2 Juventus (11/11)|
With both teams playing for potential qualification into the next round, expect this one to be a feisty encounter. Though Milan sit in front with a three point lead and a better goal difference, it's hard to imagine Gattuso's men cruising through this one.
With league football serving up disappointment, Olympiakos will be focusing all their energies on this match. And it might just be enough for them to get the win, but possibly not enough for them to qualify. A better goal difference should just be enough to see Milan into the next round.
Prediction: Olympiakos 2-1 AC Milan