OLY vs ZAL Dream11: Olympiacos Piraeus will look to end to a two-game skid when they host Zalgiris Kaunas in EuroLeague round-8 game at Peace and Friendship Stadium, in Piraeus, Greece, on Friday night (IST). The hosts are looking for a response after two suffering two straight defeats.
Not that we are undermining the processes of Olympiacos' last two opponents, but the Greek outfit would have certainly hoped for and were expected, a good result against Maccabi Tel Aviv and Anadolu Efes, after the incredible 79-84 win over defending champion CSKA Moscow.
The enormity of that result was clear from the fact that Olympiacos were the first team to beat CSKS Moscow in EuroLeague since last season. But they failed to back that result up and now sit at a lowly 15th position heading into this match.
Zalgiris Kaunas have had problems with its won this season. Just like Olympiacos, inconsistency have been the most consistent output in their result. They have had their own marquee road wins this season, most notably against Turkish giants Fenerbahce in Istanbul in Round 6, but they also failed to build on that display and went down to FC Barcelona last week.
It's a crunch game for both the teams as neither can't afford a defeat here.
This will be the 22nd meeting between Olympiacos and Zalgiris Kaunas in the Europea competition. The Greeks hold the advantage with 12-9 record, but Zalgiris has won seven of their last eight head-to-head games against Olympiacos.
Zalgiris have lost just once in the last four visits to Peace and Friendship Arena.
Olympiacos forward Georgios Printezis needs just two points to become just the third player in EuroLeague history to reach 3,000 points. Juan Carlos Navarro leads the record with 4,152 points, followed by Vassilis Spanoulis who has racked up 4,052 points.
Visitors: Zalgiris Kaunas
Venue: Peace and Friendship Stadium
Match Timing: November 16, 01:00 AM
Olympiacos team news:
Aleksej Pokusevski remains a long-term injury absentee for the Greek side. He is the only player on Olympiacos' injury list at the moment.
Olympiacos to choose from: Vassilis Spanoulis, Nikola Milutinov, Georgios Printezis, Vassilis Spanoulis, Antonis Koniaris, Brandon Paul, Sasha Vezenkov, Nikos Arsenopoulos, Antonis Koniaris, Ethan Happ, Mindaugas Kuzminkas, Kostas Papanikolaou, Kevin Punter, Mindaugas Kuzminkas, Wade Baldwin IV, Augustine Rubit, Will Cherry
Zalgiris team news:
Laurynas Birutis has been ruled out due to a knee injury. Rokas Jokubaitis is recovering from an injured thumb and is likely to miss the next couple of games. Alex Perez is back fit now and should clock 0 minutes or so in this match.
Zalgiris Kaunas to choose from: Thomas Walkup, Alex Perez, Lukas Lekavicius, Nigel Hayes, Erikas Venskus, Paulius Jankunas, Karolis Lukosiunas, Arturas Milaknis, Martinas Geben, Zach LeDay, Jock Landale, Marius Grigonis, Kerr Kriisa, Edgaras Ulanovas
PF: Brandon Paul
SF: Nikola Milutinov
C: Georgios Printezis
PG: Vassilis Spanoulis
SG: Will Cherry
PF: Nigel Hayes
SF: Marius Grigonis
C: Edgaras Ulanovas
PG: Jock Londale
SG: Alex Perez
Olympiacos: Antonis Koniaris, Kevin Punter, Augustine Rubit, Willie Reed, Taylor Rochestie, Sasha Vezenkov
Zalgiris: Zach LeDay, Thomas Walkup, Arturas Milaknis, Lukas Lekavicius, Paulius Jankunas
PG: W Cherry SG: M Grigonis SF: K Punter PF: N Hayes, G Printezis C: Z Leday, J Landale, N Milutinov (SP)
Team 2: PG: V Spanoulis SG: M Grigonis, V Milanknis SF: K Punter PF: N Hayes, G Printezis C: Z Leday, N Milutinov (SP)
We back the visitors to win this match.