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Atlético v Olympiacos background

Club Atlético de Madrid are pursuing the victory that will seal their qualification from Group A when they host an Olympiacos FC side who have never won in Spain.

Pajtim Kasami and Arda Turan tussle for possession during Olympiacos's 3-2 win over Atlético in September
Pajtim Kasami and Arda Turan tussle for possession during Olympiacos's 3-2 win over Atlético in September ©AFP/Getty Images

Club Atlético de Madrid are looking for the victory that will secure their qualification from Group A when they host Olympiacos FC on matchday five.

• Second-placed Olympiacos sit level on six points with Juventus and would bolster their chances if they can claim a first ever win in Spain.

Previous meetings
• Atlético prevailed 4-2 on aggregate in the clubs' sole encounter prior to this season, in the 1992/93 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals.

• The teams for Atlético's 3-1 second-leg success in Madrid were:
Atlético: Resino, Patxi Ferreira, Solozábal, Vizcaino, Toni, Alfredo (Tomás 83), Juanito, Schuster, Moya (Alfaro 56), Manolo, Luis García (Juan Sabas 88).
Olympiacos: Mirtsos, Hantzidis (Sofianopoulos 70), Mitsibonas, Tsalouchidis, Mavrommatis, Savidis, Litovchenko, Tsiantakis, Karapialis, Lima (Protasov 75), Vaitsis.

Match background

• Atlético have taken maximum points – and not conceded a single goal – since succumbing 3-2 at Olympiacos on matchday one.

• The Rojiblancos are chasing a third straight home victory in Group A having already beaten Juventus (1-0) and Malmö FF (5-0).

• Atlético have won 19 of their last 21 matches at the Vicente Calderón in UEFA competition. The only defeat was a 2-0 reverse to FC Rubin Kazan in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 in February 2013.

• Atlético's home record against visitors from Greece is W6 D0 L1. That solitary defeat came the last time they hosted a team from the Greek Super League, going down 3-2 to Aris Thessaloniki FC in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League.

• Diego Godín, Mario Suárez, Tiago and substitute Raúl García played in that matchday five loss, which followed a reversal in Greece in their opening fixture.

• Olympiacos are seeking to end a four-game losing streak on their travels in the UEFA Champions League. This run includes Group A defeats at Malmö (0-2) and Juventus (2-3).

• The Thrylos have never won in Spain, where their record reads P13 W0 D2 L11.

• Giannis Maniatis and substitute Kostas Mitroglou are the only survivors of Olympiacos's 3-0 loss at Levante UD in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League round of 32.

• They have been beaten on their last four trips to Liga opposition and last avoided defeat in Spain when holding RC Deportivo La Coruña 0-0 in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Coach and player links
• Olympiacos coach Míchel was born in Madrid and, as a player with Real Madrid CF, faced Atlético 25 times between 1984 and 1996 (W15 D5 L5), scoring three goals. His record as a coach against them with Getafe CF and Sevilla FC was W2 D2 L2.

• Atlético boss Diego Simeone helped Argentina thrash Greece 4-0 on the latter's FIFA World Cup debut appearance in the United States in 1994. His sole club outing against Greek opponents also brought a 4-0 victory, for SS Lazio against Xanthi FC in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup first round.

• Goalkeeper Roberto came through Atlético's youth ranks, playing four Liga matches between 2005 and 2009. He returned to the club briefly in 2013 before joining Olympiacos.

• Other former team-mates are Roberto and Gabi (Real Zaragoza), David Fuster and Godín (Villarreal CF), Alejandro Domínguez and Cristian Ansaldi (Rubin Kazan), Domínguez and Miguel Angel Moyá (Valencia CF), Éric Abidal and Tiago (Olympique Lyonnais).

• Alberto Botía won none of his ten games against Atlético with Real Sporting de Gijón, Sevilla and Elche CF, losing eight.

• Fuster scored for Villarreal on his solitary Liga outing against Atlético in a 2-1 away win in December 2009.

• Guilherme Siqueira played for Benfica against Olympiacos in last term's group stage, a 1-1 draw in Lisbon.

Match facts

• Gabi and Godín are both a booking away from suspension.

• Atlético have won their last six home games in all competitions.

• Gabi was sent off towards the end of Saturday's 3-1 home win against Málaga CF. It was his first red card since the Copa del Rey final in May 2013.

• Miranda sustained a hamstring injury while on international duty with Brazil and missed Saturday's win.

• Atlético's five-game winning run in all competitions ended when they lost 2-1 at Real Sociedad de Fútbol on 9 November, their second reverse of the campaign − the Rojiblancos' second Liga defeat last season was not until the 23rd round of matches.

• José Giménez (Uruguay 3-3 Costa Rica), Antoine Griezmann (France 1-1 Albania) and two-goal Raúl Jiménez (Belarus 3-2 Mexico) scored during the international break.

• Jesús Gámez broke his nose in training on 14 November and is sidelined for an unspecified period.

• Simeone has been nominated for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football, with the three-strong shortlist to be announced on 1 December and the winner on 12 January.

• Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois, instrumental in Atlético's Liga title success last season, are among 23 players in the running for the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

• Maniatis and Botía are both a booking away from a suspension.

• Olympiacos recorded their biggest victory of the season on 9 November, beating Panthrakikos FC 5-1 at home.

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

• Roberto has saved three of the four penalties he has faced in the UEFA Champions League since joining Olympiacos in summer 2013, denying Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain), Aleksandar Mitrović (RSC Anderlecht) and Arturo Vidal (Juventus). He was beaten from the spot by Robin van Persie (Manchester United FC) in last season's round of 16 second leg.

• Patjim Kasami has been shortlisted for the FIFA Puskás Award – given to the player judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant, or most beautiful, goal between 3 October 2013 and 26 September 2014 – for his volley against Crystal Palace FC last season while playing for Fulham FC.