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Sporting seek to finish off Olympiacos

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Sporting Clube de Portugal welcome Olympiacos FC to Lisbon knowing that a point will prolong their European season.

• The Portuguese side, who won 3-2 in Piraeus on matchday one, have four points to lie third in Group D, with FC Barcelona top on ten points, three ahead of Juventus. Sporting will remain in contention if they win but will be unable to be finish in the top two if they lose, or if they draw and Juve do not lose at home to Barça. A draw clinches at least third place for Sporting.

• Olympiacos have picked up just one point from their four games so far and must win and hope Juventus lose to stay in contention for a top-two finish. If Olympiacos do not win they will finish fourth.

Match background

Sporting CP
• Sporting’s only experience of Greek opposition prior to matchday one was a 4-1 home win against Panionios GSS in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup group stage.

• The Lisbon club have won only one of their last seven European home games, losing four. In Group D they were beaten 1-0 by Barcelona on matchday two before a 1-1 draw against Juventus in their most recent fixture.

• The Portuguese team were 5-1 aggregate winners against Romania’s FCSB in the play-offs, following up a 0-0 home draw with a 5-1 success in Bucharest. That victory in Romania ended Sporting’s four-game losing streak in European away matches.

• Sporting are in the group stage for a third time in four seasons. In 2016/17, they came fourth in their section behind Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid CF and Legia Warszawa.

• Sporting qualified by finishing third in the Portuguese Liga in 2016/17.

Olympiacos
• The Greek outfit won on their last visit to Portugal, recording a 1-0 victory at FC Arouca in last season’s UEFA Europa League play-offs – their first success in the country. They are unbeaten in their last two trips (W1 D1); overall, their record away to Portuguese clubs is W1 D2 L4.

• Olympiacos succumbed 2-0 at Juventus on matchday two and went down 3-1 at Barcelona in their third fixture but have won three of their last six European away games, including the first two this season. In their last UEFA Champions League group campaign, in 2015/16, they won two of their three away fixtures.

• Olympiacos opened this season with a 5-3 aggregate success over FK Partizan in the third qualifying round (3-1 away, 2-2 home). They then got the better of HNK Rijeka in the play-offs, coming through 2-1 at home and 1-0 away.

• Olympiacos are in the group stage for an 18th time. They lost to Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC in last season’s third qualifying round, the first time they had missed out on the UEFA Champions League group stage since 2010/11.

• In 2016/17, the Greek side went on to make the UEFA Europa League round of 16, falling 5-2 on aggregate to Beşiktaş JK.

• The Piraeus club earned a place in this season’s qualifying rounds by lifting their 44th Greek championship in 2016/17 – their seventh in a row.

Coach and player links
• André Martins signed for Sporting in 2002, joining the Under-13 squad. He made his senior debut in 2011 and went on to amass more than 100 appearances before moving to Olympiacos in summer 2016.

• Has played in Greece:
André Pinto (Panathinaikos FC, 2012/13)

• Have played in Portugal:
Diogo Figueiras (CD Pinhalnovense 2010/11, Paços Ferreira, 2011–13, Moreirense FC 2012)
Sebá (FC Porto 2012/13, GD Estoril Praia 2013–15)
Felipe Pardo (SC Braga 2013–15)
Mehdi Carcela-González (SL Benfica, 2015/16)

• Pardo faced Sporting five times while at Braga, losing four and also tasting defeat in the last as Braga lost the 2015 Portugual Cup final on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

• Have played together:
Bruno César & Sebá (Estoril, 2015)
André Pinto & Felipe Pardo (Braga, 2014–15)
André Pinto & Rodrigo Battaglia (Braga, 2013/14)
André Pinto & Stefano Kapino (Panathinaikos, 2012/13)
Radosav Petrović & Jagoš Vuković (Serbia)

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