Barcelona – Olympiakos – UEFA Champions League: 18th October 2017
Barcelona has won Juventus and Sporting and has not received any goals in those games. The Catalans are on their way to a new qualifying in the Champions League spring. Barcelona has the chance to continue its perfect run in the Champions League if in La Liga it lost the first two points of the season. Draw with Atletico Madrid should not be a concern. The match against Simeone’s team was played and Olympiakos does not have the same caliber players. On his own, Barcelona won the last five matches, scoring 19 goals and receiving one.
Olympiakos won the weekend with Panionion, 3-4. However, it was only the second success in the last eight games played by the Greek team and the hopes of a good result in Barcelona should be extremely small. The opponents exposed the team’s vulnerabilities, marking three times, and Barcelona’s stars should do the same. Playing away without having too much possession of the balloon, having a defensive play at a high level during this period, I do not see the chances of the guests to score too high.
This will be the first direct confrontation between the two clubs.
Ernesto Valverde could use the 4-4-2 formation again. Rafinha, Ousmane Dembele and Arda Turan are not available for this game.
The guests have doubts about the ability of Jagos Vukovic and Ben Nabouhane to play in Barcelona.
Stegen – Alba, Umtiti, Pique, Semedo – Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic, Vidal – Messi, Suarez
Kapino – Figueiras, Engels, Romao, Elabellaoui – Gillet, Odjidja-Ofoe-Marin, Fortounis, Carcela-Gonzalez – Emenike
After the first match without defeat from the Super Cup with Real Madrid, I expect Barcelona to get a slight victory on Camp Nou. Wednesday night Messi can score again even more than a goal after playing in the game with Atletico had a lot of bad luck and failed to send the ball into the net.