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    02.12.2014 12:34 - in: Champions League S

    Plenty at stake in UCL rival midweek action

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    Olympiacos have their eye on top spot as they host current leaders and historic rivals PAOK in Athens, while Atleti will look to safeguard a last 16 Copa Del Rey tie with Real Madrid when they travel to face minnows L’Hospilatat

    Olympiacos have the chance to go top of the Greek Super League when they welcome current leaders PAOK to the Karaiskakis Stadium on Wednesday night.

    Extra spice is added to the encounter by the fierce rivalry of the two sides, drawn about from the historic inter-city tension between Athens and Thessaloniki.

    Commanding the upper hand with 67 wins compared to PAOK’s 46, Olympiacos will be out to avenge the last meeting of the teams – a 1-0 away defeat in April 2014 – when they step out into an electric atmosphere tomorrow night.

    Both sides won their respective fixtures at the weekend, but the hosts will arguably approach the game with greater confidence after rifling four and five goals in their previous two domestic encounters.

    Over in Spain, Atletico Madrid will be looking to set up an enticing Copa Del Rey last 16 tie with inter-city rivals Real Madrid when they lock horns with third-tier minnows L’Hospilatat.

    Before turning their thoughts to the prospect of a Madrid derby though, Diego Simeone’s men must overcome the Catalonia-based side over two legs.

    And with opposite number Kiko Ramirez urging his charges to embrace the occasion and make life difficult for the reigning La Liga champions, Simeone will be taking nothing for granted as he seeks to avoid an upset against a side who sit 13th in Segunda Division B Group Three.

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