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    18.09.2014 12:34 - in: Champions League S

    UCL rivals return to domestic action

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    Olympiacos and Atletico Madrid have their eyes on top spot against Veria and Celta Vigo respectively on Saturday, while Malmo will be looking to strengthen their five-point Allsvenskan supremacy when they host Helsingborgs the following day

    The Bianconeri’s Champions League Group A rivals will each return to domestic action this weekend following Tuesday’s debut in this year’s European competition.

    Olympiacos, who sit second on goal difference behind Juventus following a 3-2 midweek win over last year’s finalists Atletico Madrid, host early pace setters Veria on Saturday evening at 19.30 CET.

    Despite the visitors enjoying a flawless start to their campaign with maximum points from three games, the Greek Super League champions will nevertheless be confident of leapfrogging them into top spot after stunning the Spaniards on Tuesday night.

    Diego Simeone’s men, on the other hand, will be looking to provide an instant response to their midweek disappointment when they lock horns with Celta Vigo at the Vicente Calderon.

    A 2-1 win over inter-city rivals Real Madrid in the previous round of La Liga matches maintained Atleti’s unbeaten start to the season, keeping them two points adrift of current leaders Barcelona.

    But Celta Vigo have also yet to be overcome this season and, with eyes on an improvement on last year’s ninth-placed finish, will no doubt provide an intriguing test for the hosts.  

    On Sunday evening, Swedish league leaders Malmo resume their title defence when they take on Helsingborgs, a team currently occupying the lower reaches of the Allsvenskan, at the Swedbank Stadion.

    The 20-point gap separating the sides means Age Hareide’s men will be optimistic of putting further daylight between themselves and second-placed AIK.

    However, a look at the form guide suggests it won’t necessarily be plain sailing for the defending champions, with the resurgent visitors expected to give them a good run for their money after picking up three wins in their last five encounters.

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