Olympiakos captain and Greece's midfield linchpin Costas Fortounis has suffered a serious knee injury that rules him out of action for an estimated six months. He will be operated next weekend.
The influential midfielder suffered a rupture on his cruciate ligament and is going to undergo an operation on July 20. He is expected to return to action for Olympiakos after Christmas.
Ludogorets starts the Champions League this year with visit to Ferencvaros. The Bulgarian champion is visiting Budapest in the first match of the first qualifying round and will hope for a good result that will give them the appropriate starting points before the rematch.
Prior to the match coach Stoicho Stoev expressed his confidence that his team was completely ready.
Greece center back Costas Manolas has transferred from Roma to Napoli in a deal worth 36 million euros that should boost the southern club's Serie A title credentials.
Roma announced the transfer on Sunday.
The 28-year-old Manolas joins Kalidou Koulibaly in what could become one of the top center back pairings in the Italian league.
In a weekend where the top six teams of the table faced each other, the Athens derby between AEK and Panathinaikos ended goalless and PAOK got even closer to sealing an unbeaten championship title.
Most Super League teams appeared to have the Carnival in mind over the weekend, as out of the 14 teams in action on Saturday and Sunday only six did find the back of their opponent's net.