Barcelona vs Olympiakos by Isaiah
Barcelona made a bit of a setback last weekend as the team took just a point in a 1:1 draw away from home against Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening, but needs to be said that they were losing for the most of the game and in the same hand, should be happy with a point taken thanks to a goal in last several minutes of the clash.
Hosts were quite effective and threatening in the first halftime despite having small percentage of ball possession but still took the lead in 21st minute via Niguez, while the visitors were pressing for an equalizer for the most of the clash and must be said, deservedly scored it in 82nd minute via Luis Suarez. They are still leading the table, now with twenty-two points, which is four more than second placed Valencia.
As for Champions League, they've recorded victories over Juventus and Sporting so far, and surely aim another three pointer here which could improve their chances of getting the first position and later on, early qualification for the knockout phase. Offensive midfielder/forward Ousmane Dembele (2/0) will not be playing in next couple of months, while long term absentee also remains midfielder Rafinha (no appearance this season).
Olympiakos, on the other hand, is obviously weaker than in previous seasons and even though their record in Europe, especially in Champions League wasn't impressive in last years, they do struggle in Greek Super League a bit more than what they should this season. They come from a 4:3 victory away to Panionios on Saturday evening, once again showing many gaps in the defense.
Still, thanks to offensive power they have for the standards of Greek league, they got the victory thanks to two goals from Ansarifart, one from Cisse and a late penalty kick taken by Fortounis in 87th minute of the match. After this victory, they broke a streak of two defeats and currently sit at fifth position in the league with 3-2-2 record and being four points below league leaders from PAOK. As for the Champions League, they have zero points from first two rounds and it's hard to see them getting even Europa League third position outing, since they have already lost at home against Portuguese Sporting.
Forward Emmanuel Emenike (4/0) and central defender Jagos Vukovic (1/0) are both out injured, while doubtful remains defender Hrvoje Milic (2/0) slowly coming off from injury.
Quality difference between these two is simply too big in my eyes. With Barcelona coming from a slight setback against Atletico, there's no doubt that they will want a convincing victory here. Even if they take the game a bit more lightly, I still see them being several levels above the Greek champions even though it may sound like a pretty huge margin.