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A disastrous weekend for Man City saw them continue their torrid run against Spurs, losing 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Indeed, having lost to them in the Champions League quarters in the 2018/19 campaign, while the Lilywhites have now won two of three unbeaten meetings between the sides since the start of last season.
The same can’t be said for Olympiacos, as they beat Panathinaikos to remain at the head of the Greek Super League on 19 points. T
hey’ve scored an impressive 15 goals from their seven unbeaten outings in the league thus far, while the most staggering figure is just the one goal they’ve let into the back of their own net across those.
They haven’t had quite as much success on the European stage however, losing to both Porto and the Citizens, although they did manage to beat Marseille in their Champions League opener back in late October.
In fact, considering both those defeats in this competition came on the road, as that win over the French outfit came here at Karaiskakis Stadium, they’re certainly a side that relishes playing in their home country.
Indeed, on home turf alone this season across all tournaments, they’ve won all seven games to nil, with as many as five coming by two or more goals.
Pep Guardiola’s outfit is going to be a step up in standard from what they’re used to, but now is as good a time as any to take them on.
The visitors are just W2-D2-L1 from their five road games since the start of October, as their two such victories came against winless outfits in their respective competitions, Marseille in the Champions League and Sheffield Utd in the Premier League.
Olympiacos +2 Handicap
Indeed, the Citizens did beat their Greek hosts 3-0 at Etihad Stadium just last month, but it’s the home form of Olympiacos that has been the basis that they have built their success on.
In fact, you only have to look at their Champions League matches here since the 2017/18 season, going W7-D2-L2 from their 11 outings.
That includes holding Barcelona and Spurs to stalemates, while the all-conquering Bayern of last season could only come away with a narrow 3-2 victory here, and so they could be a serious test for this English outfit.
Man City continue to struggle without the services of Sergio Aguero, as he was an unused substitution at the weekend on his return to football following a recent hamstring injury.
Although the Argentinian may return for this one and the two games that he’s featured in this campaign for at least 50 minutes have resulted in victories for the Citizens, he may take some time to get back to full match fitness. For that reason, we’re keen to get behind Pedro Martins’ men to take this game to the wire.