Dnipro v Olympiacos preview
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Low scorers at home, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk have a challenge on their hands as they welcome Olympiacos FC in the UEFA Europa League round of 32.
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FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk hope to end their struggle to score goals at home in this season's UEFA Europa League as they welcome Olympiacos FC in the round of 32.
What they say
Dnipro coach Myron Markevych: "I watched some of Olympiacos's matches in the Champions League from the autumn and they are a very good attacking team. They scored three goals against Atlético, which impressed me a lot! Now they have a new coach, but their squad hasn't changed that much. In my opinion, they have stuck to the same style of football. We want to win tomorrow, but only the second match will decide it all."
Olympiacos coach Vítor Pereira: "We are working very hard. We have one match every three or four days at the moment, which is quite a difficult schedule. But I am not looking for excuses. We are happy to be here. Obviously, we have watched many Dnipro matches. They are quick and tactically strong. But we are ready for this. I am sure the fans will enjoy this game."
• The sides are meeting for the first time in UEFA club competition. Indeed, it will be Dnipro's first encounter with Greek opponents.
• Olympiacos have won only twice in nine meetings with Ukrainian sides, but both came away from home. They lost 1-0 to FC Dynamo Kyiv in 1975 in the European Champion Clubs' Cup on their only previous visit to the Ukrainian capital – where Dnipro are playing European home games this season.
• Dnipro's five home games in Europe this season (W2 D1 L2) have produced only six goals – three for the home side and three for the visitors.
• Olympiacos have lost their last five European away games since drawing 1-1 at SL Benfica in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Dnipro are in the round of 32 for a fourth time since the advent of the UEFA Cup group stage in 2004/05. They are yet to reach the last 16.
• Olympiacos have not won any of their three two-legged springtime European ties since eliminating FC Rubin Kazan in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League round of 32.
Trivia and links
• Olympiacos (Greece) are one of seven reigning domestic champions in the round of 32, along with Legia Warszawa (Poland), Aalborg BK (Denmark), FC Salzburg (Austria), Celtic FC (Scotland), RSC Anderlecht (Belgium) and AFC Ajax (Netherlands).
• Dnipro coach since May 2014, Myron Markevych started out as a midfielder with home-town club FC Karpaty Lviv. While his playing career was not a huge success, he served Karpaty in four spells as a coach before a lengthy stint at FC Metalist Kharkiv earned him a reputation for attacking football. He briefly coached Ukraine in 2010.
• Olympiacos dismissed Míchel, the coach who guided them to league titles in each of the past two seasons, in January.
• Vítor Pereira assumed command of Olympiacos in January. Only ever an amateur player, the 46-year-old came close to leading CD Santa Clara to promotion to the Portuguese Liga before becoming André Villas-Boas's assistant at FC Porto in 2010 and taking sole command after his boss left for Chelsea FC. He won two titles at Porto and most recently was in charge of Saudi side al-Ahli SC.