Olympiacos are the first of the Bianconeri’s three Champions League opponents to return to domestic duties this weekend, with historic rivals Panathinaikos travelling to Piraeus for a mouthwatering 'Derby of the eternal adversaries' match-up on Sunday evening.
The visitors claimed the bragging rights the last time the two sides squared up in March, silencing the Karaiskakis Stadium with a 3-0 away victory, and Michel’s men, who currently lie three points adrift of top spot, will be determined to set matters straight this time around.
After sailing to the top of Group A with a midweek 5-0 victory over Malmo, Atletico Madrid resume their La Liga schedule when they make the short trip to face Getafe, a city located in the south of the Spanish capital’s metropolitan area, on Sunday night.
Having regained their stride in the Champions League following an opening day reverse to Olympiacos, the reigning Spanish champions will also look to kick-start their La Liga prospects when they line up at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.
Currently five points adrift of leaders Barcelona in fifth place, a victory would keep Diego Simeone’s men in touch with the chasing pack and enhance their credentials of defending last year’s title.
Last in action are Swedish Allsvenskan champions Malmo, who will be out to avenge Wednesday’s 5-0 reverse in Madrid when they welcome basement boys Brommapojkarna to the Swedbank Stadion on Monday evening.
Forty-seven points separate the sides and Age Hareide will be hoping the gulf in class proves to be equally as vast as he aims to galvanise his men for the remaining three games of a Champions League group in which there is still all to play for.