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Olympiacos v Dnipro preview

Vítor Pereira wants Olympiacos FC to show more "character and courage" as they attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit against a FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk side who will not sit back.

Vítor Pereira during the first leg
Vítor Pereira during the first leg ©AFP/Getty Images

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk take a healthy advantage with them to Greece but there is still work to do to secure progress past Olympiacos FC – and make the round of 16 for the first time. The Piraeus outfit's recent home form provides plenty of reasons for Greek hope. 

What they say
Vítor Pereira, Olympiacos coach: "We have to play better than we did in Kyiv – more balanced, with character and courage. We have 90 minutes to score two goals. We have to show the will, the confidence and the courage to prove that we want to go through. We need to press harder, have more possession and be more attack-minded. We are not ready to stage an all-out assault. We will play quality football in every department and do our best.”

Myron Markevych, Dnipro coach: "Tomorrow will show how strong we will be compared to last week. Olympiacos will be a different team tomorrow. In the first game we had to attack and score. Tomorrow we will try to keep the ball in midfield. We won't sit on the first-leg result. If we do that we may pay a price because Olympiacos will attack us from the outset."

Previous meetings
• The sides met for for the first time in the first leg, which was Dnipro's first encounter with Greek opponents. Two goals within five second-half minutes – from Jaba Kankava and Ruslan Rotan – were enough to secure a 2-0 first-leg advantage for the Ukrainian side in Kyiv. 

Olympiacos are yet to win – or keep a clean sheet – at home against Ukrainian opponents (D2 L2).

Form guide
Olympiacos have won their last six European home games.

Dnipro have won only one of their last seven European games on the road (W1 D2 L4) – 2-1 at Qarabağ FK in this season's group stage.

Trivia and links
Olympiacos have not won in three two-legged springtime European ties since eliminating FC Rubin Kazan in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League round of 32.

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 (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).

The coaches
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.

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.

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