Baggies to face Greek Champions

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West Brom have lined up a pre-season friendly against Greek giants Olympiacos on Thursday, August 4th.

Olympiacos, the most successful team in Greek history, won their 13th League title in just 15 years by a massive 16 point margin last term.

The Red and Whites have a host of honours to their name having won 38 domestic titles, 24 Greek Cups and four Super Cups in their 86-year history. They have also reached the Champions League last-16 in two of the last four seasons as they chase success on the European stage.

Albion have purposely lined up the friendly ten days before their opening Barclays Premier League game against Manchester United, and Baggies Sporting and Technical Director Dan Ashworth is excited by the away fixture.

"They are a Champions League team that will give us a really good test before facing Manchester United on the opening day of the season," he told the club's official website.



"And the chance to go and play a team like Olympiacos in Greece is such an attractive proposition, we felt we had to take it.”

Travelling to the Karaiskakis Stadium has proved a tough test for English opposition in recent years, with Arsenal losing 1-0 to the Greek champions in 2009 and Chelsea drawing 0-0 in 2008.

The ground also proved to be a fortress in the league last term, with Olympiacos winning all 14 home games in their imperious campaign 

The Athens outfit conceded just 13 goals thanks to a formidable partnership between former Premier League star Olof Mellberg and Avraam Papadoulos, and the team only dropped 10 points all season.

West Brom will be hoping for more luck in Greece than they had in their last pre-season outing. The Baggies were defeated 2-1 by MLS outfit San Jose in a game that saw the Earthquakes’ keeper score last night. 

After over-hitting a dropkick, keeper David Bingham's kick looped over Boaz Myhill to give the Americans an early lead. "I just over-hit it and got lucky. Sometimes it's good to be lucky," said the stopper post-match.

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