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Olympiakos may not see off AEK in first leg

Champions' goal threat not as strong as earlier in the season

Olympiakos's Kostas Fortounis in full flight
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Greek Cup semi-final first leg

Olympiakos should confirm another Greek Super League title after establishing a six-point lead, but there is some unfinished business for them to attend to if they are to seal an 18th domestic double.

AEK Athens visit on Thursday for the first leg of their Greek Cup semi-final and the home team will have revenge in their nostrils after they lost last year's final to the same opponents.

AEK prevailed 2-1 that day as the final was played in front of an empty stadium due to previous incidents of crowd trouble and it proved to be the last game for Olympiakos manager Marco Silva, who is now at Hull.

The success also marked a great recovery from AEK, three years after the club had been relegated to the third division following bankruptcy.

Also fresh in the mind will be AEK's 1-0 win over Olympiakos in February when Astrit Ajdarevic, formerly of Leicester and Charlton, scored the winner, but Olympiakos's followers will perhaps take comfort in the fact they have dropped just four points from their last 39 home league matches.

However, AEK will know their opponents are not as strong as they were before Christmas, even though their departure from the Europa League means the league leaders can now concentrate on domestic matters.

The champions were going along swimmingly but the departure of striker Brown Ideye to Chinese side Tianjin Teda after 12 goals in the first half of the season was a big blow.

And the loss of midfielder Luka Milivojevic to Crystal Palace means Kostas Fortunis is their top goalscorer with just six league goals.

AEK suffered one defeat in their last five games - they fell to a last-minute goal against Panathinaikos - and they can be expected to keep it tight in the first leg.

With just three of Olympiakos's last 14 games featuring more than two goals, it is no surprise to see under 2.5 available at just 4-9.

But in what looks set to be a tight game, the draw could prove a big runner.

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The departure of striker Brown Ideye to Chinese side Tianjin Teda after 12 goals in the first half of the season was a big blow
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