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Preview: Olympiacos v Malmö

Olympiacos FC's hopes rest on them beating Malmö FF and praying that Juventus lose – Míchel promises that the Greek champions will keep their side of the bargain.

Olympiacos training
Olympiacos training ©AFP/Getty Images

Míchel says Olympiacos have learned lessons of 2-0 loss at Malmö 
Åge Hareide urges third-chasing Malmö to play patient Swedish game
Midfielder Markus Halsti is expected to cover for banned defender Erik Johansson
Olympiacos have already beaten Atlético and Juventus at home in Group A
Malmö's domestic season ended on 15 November; they have been training in Gran Canaria

Permutations: Olympiacos (6pts) v Malmö (3)
Olympiacos will be through if they win and Juventus lose due to their head-to-head record. A draw would ensure third place.
Malmö will finish third with a victory.

Possible lineups
Olympiacos: Roberto; Elabdellaoui, Botía, Abidal, Masuaku; Fuster, Maniatis, N'Dinga, Kasami (Afellay); Domínguez; Benítez.
Out: Durmaz (thigh), Milivojević (knee)

Malmö: Olsen; Tinnerholm, Halsti, Helander, Ricardinho; Kroon/Thern, Adu, Eriksson, Forsberg; Rosenberg, Thelin.
Out
: Johansson (suspended)

Míchel, Olympiacos coach
I have been here for two years and everyone knows I always play to win. It is not an excuse that Atlético and Juventus are in our group, and nothing is over yet. We will win tomorrow and will wait for the other result – we will do what we have to do and win the match. We have maximum respect for Malmö.

[Malmö] had the same problem as us against great teams like Atlético and Juventus. We both need a result now. We have our weapons and our home advantage. We have learned our lesson from the first match against Malmö even though we were not bad in that game.

Whatever a coach tells his players, the fact they are wearing the Olympiacos shirt and are playing in the Champions League with a chance to get to the next phase is incentive enough.

Åge Hareide, Malmö
Olympiacos have rested players to be prepared for tomorrow's do-or-die match. They need to win, as do we. Perhaps Olympiacos were unlucky in the first match against us, but we were also unlucky in Madrid against Atlético. That's football.

Markus Rosenberg struck both goals on matchday two
Markus Rosenberg struck both goals on matchday two©AFP/Getty Images

Olympiacos are strong at home, no doubt. But statistics over recent years have shown that Olympiacos lose at least one game a season at home – we hope it is tomorrow. We know Olympiacos have had a packed fixture list but we had a similar problem not so long ago and got better results then.

I expect Olympiacos to put a lot of pressure on us from the outset. We will be looking for space and will wait for the right moment – as Swedes always do – to do what we do best.

Weekend results
Olympiacos 2-2 PAS Giannina FC (Fortounis 49pen, Kasami 75; Michail 23, Giakos 88)
Malmö: no game

Form guide (all competitions)
Olympiacos: DLWLWL
Malmö: LWDLLW

Match facts
• When was the last time Olympiacos won all three home games in a UEFA Champions League group stage? Find out in our match background.  

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