Paris Saint-Germain travel to Greece to take on Olympiakos in their opening fixture of the 2013/14 Champions League group stage.
The reigning French champions will be looking to build on the success of last year's run to the quarterfinals. It was a successful campaign, but the expectations are much higher this time around, even after the departure of Carlo Ancelotti.
Olympiakos have become a fixture in the Champions League. Much like the whole of Greek football, they've been hit hard by the economic decline. Michel will just be hoping his side can advance to the knockout stage.
Group C is very much in the air. Benfica and PSG are the class clubs at the top, but you could easily see Olympiakos or Anderlecht snatching one of the two top spots in the group.
It will be important for both of these clubs to start off the group stage well.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 2:45 p.m. ET; 7:45 UK
Where: Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece
TV: Sky Sports Red Button (UK)
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go (US)
Odds (courtesy of Bloomberg Sports)
Olympiakos Win: 26.8 percent
Paris Saint-Germain Win: 46.6 percent
Draw: 26.6 percent
Top Storyline: How Will Laurent Blanc Send Out His Side
When it comes to the midfield and the attack, Laurent Blanc has an embarrassment of riches. He's got so many talented players he can slot in, which is what you need when you're competing on multiple fronts.
The tricky part is ensuring that whatever formation you go with, the players all complement one another. The lineup will have to be balanced, otherwise the sum won't equal the total parts. PSG would play too fractured and be left to rely on a moment of magic from their star men to salvage a result.
Blanc could also be forced to keep Alex, Javier Pastore and Jeremy Menez because of injury, via Goal.com's Ryan Benson.
It doesn't much matter which lineup Blanc settles on, PSG should be able to dominate this match. They have too much talent in the attack to walk away from this match with anything less than three points.
Olympiakos should have a very good home advantage. The crowd will be crazy, but an early goal would take them right out of the match.
With Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic up top, PSG should be able to get that opening goal that would be all they need to get through this match. It would neutralize the home crowd and allow the French club to get a little more comfortable on the ball and control the match.
Paris Saint-Germain 2, Olympiakos 0
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