On Wednesday, starting with 20:00, the Olympiakos Piraeus – Omonia Nicosia match will be played, within the Champions League play-off, round trip. It will be an official confrontation for the first time, between the champions from Greece and Cyprus. On July 29, 2020, Olympiakos Piraeus won 3-0 against Omonia Nicosia, in a friendly match.
Olympiakos Piraeus aims to qualify in the Champions League groups for the 20th time! The Greek champion was part of the group last season, in a group with Bayern, Tottenham and Red Star Belgrade, obtaining 4 points and 3rd place, qualifying in the spring Europa League. The team coached by the Portuguese Pedro Martins won the Greek Cup in September, 1-0 with AEK Athens, a trophy counting for last season. Also, Olympiakos Piraeus started the new championship as it ended the last one, 3-0 with Asteras, the only stage played by the “white-reds”.
Omonia Nicosia recorded two surprises in the previous rounds, eliminating Legia Warsaw, score 2-0 after extra time and Red Star Belgrade, score 4-2 after executing the tiebreaks. But now comes another type of opponent for the students of Henning Berg, a Norwegian with old states in the Premier League, as a player at Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United. Omonia Nicosia never qualified in the group stage of the Champions League, and the previous success with the Serbian champion was the first in the 3rd preliminary round of the League, after a failed attempt against the RB Salzburg team (2010/2011).
Olympiakos Piraeus won 3-0 in a friendly this summer, the only previous meeting!
Olympiakos Piraeus is the big favorite to win and qualify in the competition groups, and Omonia Nicosia will need a lot of luck to tick the third consecutive qualification.
-Olympiakos Piraeus wins 45 titles in Greece (a record);
-The Greeks qualified 19 times in the Champions League groups;
-Omonia has won 21 Cyprus Championships;
-The Cypriots made their debut in the Champions League play-off;