Rival Analysis: Olympiacos profile
Paokfc.gr’s Rival Analysis column puts the magnifying glass on tonight’s opponents Olympiacos, giving you the lowdown on everything you need to know about the Piraeus club ahead of our rearranged Super League Interwetten Matchday 6 contest.
After a summer of change, with player sales and many arrivals, Olympiacos entered the season with the aim of winning the title and to distinguish themselves in Europe. The Erythrolefki secured a ticket for the UEFA Champions League group stage. There, although they started positively with a victory over Marseille, they failed to gain another point. That victory, however, was enough to ensure their conmtinued progress in Europe via the UEFA Europa League.
At the domestic front, the Erythrolefki remain undefeated in 15 games. With a record of 13 wins and two draws, they are at the top of the table with 41 points, having scored 42 goals and conceding six.
For the second season in a row Pedro Martins has presented a team with a clear plan, and one which knows how to win even when they have an off day, taking advantage of the individual quality of their players and the team’s overall defensive solidity.
The major protagonist for Olympiacos this season is again Youssef El Arabi, who counts 14 goals in 14 games. He is followed by Giorgos Masouras with six, but also Ahmed Hassan and Kostas Fortounis are next with four.
In the creative aspect, Fortounis leads the way with seven assists, while Valbouena, Kamara and Masouras have all contributed three each. The Erythrolefki have taken a significant lead in the title race which they want to maintain until the Play Offs, with the two January derbies against PAOK set to decide a lot on that front. Martins does not face any injury or suspension problems with players for the clash at the Toumba.