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Juventus v Olympiacos background

After back-to-back away defeats in Group A, Juventus will look to get their UEFA Champions League campaign back on track when they host Olympiacos FC.

Carlos Tévez tussles with Éric Abidal during Juventus's defeat at Olympiacos
Carlos Tévez tussles with Éric Abidal during Juventus's defeat at Olympiacos ©AFP/Getty Images

Juventus will look to get their Group A campaign back on track against Olympiacos FC on matchday four.

• Olympiacos's 1-0 home win over Juve on matchday three left Míchel's men second in the section, three points above the third-placed Bianconeri.

Previous meetings
• Juventus beat Olympiacos 7-0 when the clubs last met in Turin in the UEFA Champions League group stage, on 10 December 2003. It was the Bianconeri's joint biggest win in Europe and Olympiacos's heaviest loss.

• The lineups for that match were:
Juventus: Chimenti, Birindelli, Iuliano (Zambrotta 84), Montero, Pessotto, Zalayeta, Tudor, Conte, Maresca, Trezeguet (Di Vaio 58), Miccoli (Del Piero 66).
Olympiacos: Eleftheropoulos, Pantos, Anatolakis (Georgiadis 68), Kostoulas, Venetidis, Mavrogenidis, Karembeu, Kafes (Gonias 61), Djordjević, Giovanni (Niniadis 77), Castillo.

• Gianluigi Buffon watched from the bench that night but did play in Juve's 2-1 away success at the Rizoupoli Stadium in Athens.

• Juventus have won five and lost only one of the clubs' eight previous encounters.

• Olympiacos's only victory over Juve – 2-1 in Palermo in the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup third round – was in a losing cause; they still went down 4-3 on aggregate.

Match background

• After back-to-back away defeats, Juventus will welcome the return to Turin where they are unbeaten in eight matches in UEFA competition, including the 2-0 victory over Malmö FF on matchday one.

• Overall the Bianconeri have lost just one of 13 European home fixtures at the redeveloped Juventus Stadium (W7 D5 L1).

• Juve's overall record against sides from Greece is W12 D4 L4. In Italy their record reads W8 D1 L1, though they have never lost to Greek opposition in Turin; that defeat was the aforementioned loss in Palermo to Olympiacos.

• Olympiacos may have won twice at home in Group A, but they have lost their last three UEFA Champions League away games, including the 2-0 reverse at Malmö on matchday two.

• Last season the Greek champions took four away points in the group stage – winning at RSC Anderlecht (3-0) and drawing at SL Benfica (1-1) before losing to Paris Saint-Germain (1-2). It was their best away performance in their past four campaigns.

• Olympiacos have beaten Serie A sides more times in Italy (three) than in Greece (two). Their away record against Italian sides is W3 D1 L6. Their overall record is W5 D5 L10.

• Olympiacos's most recent trip to Italy brought a 2-1 victory at SS Lazio in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage. Kostas Mitroglou, a 93rd-minute substitute, is the only survivor of that team.

Coach and player links
• Míchel helped Real Madrid CF overcome Juventus in the 1986/87 European Champion Clubs' Cup second round, the Spanish side winning 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate draw (1-0h, 0-1a).

• Míchel's final match as a player in UEFA competition was a 2-0 defeat at Juventus in the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals (1-2 on aggregate).

• Patrice Evra played in Manchester United FC's 3-2 aggregate victory over Olympiacos in last term's round of 16 (0-2a, 3-0h).

• Evra was in the United side beaten 3-1 by an FC Barcelona team including Éric Abidal and last-minute substitute Ibrahim Afellay in the 2011 UEFA Champions League final.

• Abidal and Afellay also played together for Barcelona in a 2-2 home draw with Allegri's AC Milan in the 2011/12 group stage.

• Pajtim Kasami played 14 times in Serie A with US Città di Palermo in 2010/11, appearing as a substitute in a 2-1 home win against Juventus.

• Abidal was sent off conceding a penalty that Andrea Pirlo converted when Italy beat France 2-0 at UEFA EURO 2008. Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) and Evra (France) also played.

• Abidal scored a penalty past Buffon in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final shoot-out; Pirlo also scored from the spot as Italy prevailed.

• Evra replaced Abidal as AS Monaco FC left-back in summer 2002 after the latter joined LOSC Lille.

• Stephan Lichtsteiner was on the winning side at Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis when Switzerland beat Greece 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on 15 October 2008.

• Abidal and Alberto Botía played with Martín Cáceres (Barcelona, 2008/09); Kasami played with Kostas Mitroglou (Fulham FC, 2014) and with Lichtsteiner (Switzerland).

Match facts

• Lichtsteiner and Paul Pogba are both a yellow card away from a suspension after being booked on matchdays two and three.

• Juventus's 15-match unbeaten run in Serie A, since a 2-0 defeat by SSC Napoli in late March, ended when they lost 1-0 at Genoa CFC on 29 October.

• Against Genoa, Buffon made his 500th appearance for the Bianconeri. He is the fourth Juve player to reach that milestone after Alessandro Del Piero, Gaetano Scirea and Giuseppe Furino.

• Three days earlier, Fernando Llorente's first goal of the campaign helped the Old Lady to a 2-0 victory over US Città di Palermo – their 23rd successive home league win, a Serie A record.

• Juventus responded to their setback in Genoa with a 2-0 triumph over Empoli FC on Saturday. Pirlo broke the deadlock with a free-kick.

• On 24 October, Pogba renewed his contract with Juventus until 2019. He is the only Serie A player among the 23 nominees for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or. The three-man shortlist will be announced on 1 December, with the winner revealed on 12 January.

• Antonio Conte, who guided Juventus to the Scudetto last season with a record 102 points, is in the running for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football.

• Giannis Maniatis is a booking away from a suspension after receiving a yellow card on matchdays one and two.

• On Saturday, Olympiacos drew 0-0 at Asteras Tripolis FC, who played for 48 minutes with ten men. Míchel rested Afellay, Leandro Salino and Delvin N'Dinga.

• Olympiacos have won only one of their four away league matches this season.

• Tassos Avlonitis's first goal for Olympiacos − a header two minutes after replacing Botía, who had a back injury − decided the derby against Panathinaikos FC on 26 October.

• That 1-0 win was followed three days later by a 1-1 draw with Panionios GSS in the second round of Greek Cup group matches. Kostas Fortounis, not in the UEFA Champions League squad, opened the scoring with a free-kick.

• Dimitris Siovas (out since 23 September, thigh) made his return as a substitute against Panionios.

• Botía had recovered for the weekend trip to Tripoli but sat out the game due to a viral infection. Alejandro Domínguez has not played since being substituted against Panathinaikos with a thigh injury.