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Olympiacos vs Manchester City Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Adam McGroarty
Manchester City beat Olympiacos 3-0 earlier this month
Manchester City beat Olympiacos 3-0 earlier this month / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images
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Manchester City travel to Greece midweek to take on Olympiacos in the Champions League, looking to maintain their 100% record in Group C.

The Cityzens were outthought and outgunned at the weekend as they slumped to a 2-0 Premier League defeat against Jose Mourinho's Tottenham, despite having the majority of possession and a whopping 22 shots on goal.

Mourinho got the better of Guardiola once more
Mourinho got the better of Guardiola once more / CLIVE ROSE/Getty Images

As for Olympiacos, Pedro Martins' side are currently top of the Greek Super League, winning six of their opening seven leagues while remaining unbeaten. In the Champions League, however, it's a different story, as they sit third in the group after picking up just a solitary win over whipping boys Marseille.

Here's 90min's preview of the game.


Where to Watch

The game will be played at the Karaiskaki Stadium
The game will be played at the Karaiskaki Stadium / Nick Laham/Getty Images

When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 25 November
What Time Is Kick Off? 17:55 (GMT)
Where Is it Played? Karaiskaki Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport (UK)
Referee? Davide Massa


Team News

Sterling was in action against Spurs after returning from a calf injury
Sterling was in action against Spurs after returning from a calf injury / Pool/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola should be able to call upon Raheem Sterling from the start after he was restricted to a 20-minute cameo at the weekend, owing to a calf injury picked with England on international duty.

Nathan Ake was another City player injured on international duty and he will again miss out, as will Fernandinho. There should be a place in the squad for Benjamin Mendy - though he may be restricted to a watching brief as he continues to work his way back to full fitness - while Sergio Aguero may feature after he was unused substitute against Spurs.

As for Olympiacos, Martins has a fully fit squad to pick from - with this season's congested schedule being kind to the Portuguese boss thus far.


Predicted Lineups

Raheem Sterling has trained with the first-team following his return from injury
Raheem Sterling has trained with the first-team following his return from injury / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Olympiacos: Sa; Rafinha, Semedo, Cisse, Holebas; M'Vila, Bouchalakis, Camara; Randelovic, El-Arabi, Valbuena

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Foden, Jesus, Sterling


Recent Form

Manchester City are enduring a domestic disaster in many respects, and incredibly sit 13th in the Premier League after picking up just 12 points from eight games - Guardiola's worst ever start to a campaign as a manager.

City do have a game in hand on a number of teams, and the Spaniard will perhaps consider his side fortunate to only trail table toppers Tottenham by eight points; an indication of how many sides are taking points off of one another.

In the Champions League, though, City have been in fine form; beating Porto 3-1 on matchday one, before running out 3-0 winners when they travelled to Marseille. It was the same scoreline when Wednesday's opponents, Olympiacos, visited the Ethiad Stadium earlier this month.

City fell to a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham at the weekend
City fell to a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham at the weekend / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/Getty Images

Olympiacos are third in Group C following that defeat in Manchester, with their solitary points in the group coming thanks to a 1-0 win over Marseille. Some form of positive result is imperative you feel, to avoid the pressure mounting on their reverse fixture with Porto.

Here's how both have got on in their last five games in all competitions.

Olympiacos

Olympiacos
1-0 Panathinaikos (21/11)
OFI 0-2 Olympiacos (08/11)
Manchester City 3-0 Olympiacos (03/11)
Olympiacos 2-0 Apollon Smyrni (31/10)
Porto 2-0 Olympiacos (27/10)

Manchester City

Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City (21/11)
Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool (08/11)
Manchester City 3-0 Olympiacos (03/11)
Sheffield United 0-1 Manchester City (31/10)
Marseille 0-3 Manchester City (27/10)


Prediction

Foden is on fine form
Foden is on fine form / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Phil Foden is in excellent form for club and country, and another start here is the perfect platform to showcase what he an do. With Sterling also back from injury, City will undoubtedly be stronger going forward than they were at the weekend - particularly with Jesus starting and Aguero waiting in the wings.

The Karaiskaki Stadium can be a daunting and hostile place to visit when it's packed full of fans, but an empty stadium should make all the difference and lead to a comfortable away win.

Prediction: Olympiacos 0-2 Manchester City

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