Olympiacos v Lamia
Despite producing their best display away from home this season on Thursday night against Freiburg, Olympiacos failed to win again and were eliminated from the Europa League. The reigning Greek Super League champions haven’t registered a single win in Europe thus far, sitting bottom of the group table with three defeats and two draws.
Although their solid performance in Germany could have provided the team with a boost in morale, Freiburg’s late equaliser was a huge blow for Michel’s side, who are trying to build momentum. Sitting fourth in the league table with five wins, two draws and two losses, Olympiacos haven’t managed to record two victories in a row in Greece thus far.
Olympiacos have registered just one win, one draw and a defeat in the four games they have played after disputing a midweek Europa League duel. In those four games, they scored just five goals in total. Michel’s men may struggle to break down Lamia’s low block, but they should be able to record a victory on Sunday. What is certain is that they will find it extremely hard to score more than two goals against a team who have conceded eight goals in nine games.
Lamia have recorded just one win in nine matches, but they have netted just three goals due to their defensive-minded game plan. They haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their fixtures thus far but haven’t allowed in more than two in any of their last nine games across all competitions.
The Greek champions have won all but one of their last nine games against Lamia and they should be expected to do so again on Sunday in their bid to bounce back after a painful draw at Freiburg. However, they shouldn’t be expected to cruise past a solid Lamia side, as they average just 1.5 goals per game in the league and they have netted more than two goals in just two of their last 20 matches.
Levidiakos v Atromitos
Having recorded two defeats without scoring a single goal in their last two league games, Atromitos will try to bounce back with a positive result away at struggling Levadiakos. The Athens-based side have been inconsistent thus far, recording three wins, two draws and four losses this season.
However, all their four losses came against teams who are stronger than eighth-placed Atromitos and sit above them in the league table. Levadiakos are currently second-bottom with no win in nine games, having conceded 13 goals and scored just four.
Despite changing their coach six games into the season, newly-promoted Levadiakos haven’t managed to improve much, recording three defeats and one draw in their last four games. Two of their three home games this season ended in a 1-1 draw, but Levadiakos never came close to winning any of these matches, being considered as one of the worst teams in the league.
Chris Coleman’s team will head to Levadia with an almost fully-fit squad and their loud fans, who will make the trip in their bid to push them to victory. Atromitos haven’t lost any of their last 10 games against Levadiakos and haven’t recorded a single defeat in their last six matches (2W, 4D) in Levadia.
They did lose three of their four games away from home this season, but all these three defeats came against stronger sides PAOK, Olympiacos and AEK Athens. Meanwhile, their only win on the road was a 4-1 thrashing of bottom-placed Ionikos.
Despite being inconsistent this season, Atromitos haven’t recorded two defeats in a row thus far and they should be expected to avoid a loss away at a struggling Levadiakos.
Aris v OFI
After suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat away at Greek Super League leaders Panathinaikos last weekend, Aris are set to face a struggling OFI at home on Sunday. The three defeats in their last four games against stronger sides Volos, AEK and Panathinaikos have piled the pressure on new coach Alan Pardew.
The Englishman has a record of three wins, one draw and three losses in his first seven games in charge. Two of those three wins came on home soil against a struggling Olympiacos and bottom-placed Ionikos. Boasting one of the loudest home supporters in the Greek league, Aris have won six of their eight home games this season across all competitions.
They were defeated against a stronger AEK side and drew in the derby with PAOK, but OFI are nowhere near the level of the aforementioned two sides. The Heraklion-based side have recorded just one win thus far, losing six of their 10 games in all competitions.
Their slow start to the campaign has forced the club to part ways with club legend Nikos Nioplias, who was replaced by Valdas Dambrauskas, who could be an experienced coach but it is doubtful whether he will manage to transmit his ideas to the team in his just few days in charge.
This will be Dambrauskas’ first game in the OFI dugout, but he is unlucky to be facing the team against whom OFI have not grabbed a single win in 15 visits. Aris have won 10 of these games and they should be expected to do so again on Sunday because a possible draw or defeat could put Pardew’s job in danger, this being theoretically one of the easiest home duels they will have this season.
Moreover, there has been more than 1.5 goals scored in 19 of the 24 official games the two teams have played so far. Aris have scored more than one goal in five of their seven home games, while OFI have conceded at least two goals in three of their four league games away from home.
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