Olympiacos vs Monaco will be the 8th round of this year Euroleague which will take place at Peace and Friendship Stadium (Piraeus). So far both teams have very similar results and are at the top8, so this should be a very interesting game. Considering that both teams have their true leaders, their clash should add more intensity. To have more insights on this game, please read our preview below.
As coach Jasikevicius said, Olympiacos finally start looking as they did 7-9 years ago. They returned to the national league, which allows them to play more often, therefore players are more assured to be fit for Euroleague. Another thing is the squad they brought-Sloukas, Dorsey, Fall, Papanikolaou and now Acy is showing that Oly is starting to look like a top4 team. However, the season is just starting, and although the results are fine so far, there is a long way till the playoffs. In this game, it will be very interesting to see Sloukas and James clash. Both are very fast and talented players who are capable to make a lot of assists, therefore, they can draw the whole team in possession and make it more difficult to defend against them.
Monaco stormed into Euroleague with huge signings like James, Motiejunas, Gray, Diallo. And although so far the team seem has not reached its full potential, their results are showing, that Monaco might be a dark horse of this tournament. Victories against Panathinaikos, Zvezda and now CSKA have shown that they are ready to play against every opponent. Of course, a lot depends on how well Mike James will perform, but he has good help and not all responsibility is on his shoulders. In this game, the main point will be to neutralize Sloukas and not allow Olympiacos to collect fast breakpoints. Because in that case, Olympiacos has already shown what happens when they are allowed to play in their favourite way.
Olympiacos vs Monaco H2H
Both teams faced each other only once, it was this year a friendly game. Considering that both teams have never faced each on a competitive tournament it only makes this game more interesting.