The Karaiskaki Stadium will host a meeting between Olympiacos and FC Krasnodar on Wednesday night as the two attempt to make their way to the Champions League group stages. With kick off at 8pm, this one is sure to be an interesting watch as the home supporters are known for creating an excellent atmosphere and as there’s so much on the line, this could be a great game.
Olympiacos joined the Champions League qualifiers in the second round where they met Viktoria Plzen away from home, playing out a scoreless draw on the night. They soon eliminated their opponents however, with an impressive 4-0 annihilation of the Czech Republican side. The succeeding round of fixtures saw Olympiacos drawn up against Istanbul Basaksehir and from the away game they took a crucial 0-1 win thanks to a second half strike from Giorgos Masouras. Goals from Ruben Semedo and Mathieu Valbuena ensured the win in the reverse affair to make it a comfortable win in the end.
FC Krasnodar must have been fearing for their Champions League lives when FC Porto won by a solitary goal from Sergio Oliveira with just one minute remaining in the first leg, but a crazy second leg will go down as one of the biggest shocks in Champions League qualifying history. After thirty-four minutes, Krasnodar were three goals up as Tonny Vilhena opened the scoring, while Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov hit a brace in the next twenty minutes. Ze Luis and Luis Diaz struck back for the Portuguese outfit, but by then it was too late and Krasnodar held on for a brilliant aggregate win.
Olympiacos are expected to have a full squad for this one with no injuries or suspension to report, although since their league season hasn’t yet begun it would be a blow if any injuries were to plague the team. Semedo is the top scorer in European games thus far for Olympiacos with two goals in four outings, once against Viktoria Plzen and the other versus Istanbul Basaksehir. The 25-year-old will be hoping his presence can cause trouble for the opposition defence again on Wednesday night.
Yuri Gazinskiy is a doubt for Krasnodar with a shoulder problem, while Viktor Claesson should return to action in January when he recovers from a cruciate ligament injury. With two vital goals scored in the most recent Champions League tie at FC Porto, Suleymanov will be fired up to get on the scoresheet again here as he looks to propel his team into the group stages of Europe’s elite competition. Ivan Ignatyev is the leading scorer domestically, with supporters hopeful he can bring some of his league strikes over to the Champions League.
Olympiacos have kept a clean sheet in all four of their Champions League matches as of now, making it four in a row in the second leg versus Istanbul Basaksehir. This, along with the fact Krasnodar couldn’t keep a clean sheet in any of their Champions League matchups, is why we’re opting for Olympiacos to win to nil @ 3.00 as our first tip. Ruben Semedo has been one of Olympiacos’ most potent attacking threats during their run in the Champions League qualifiers, bagging two goals in total. The defender comes in @ 7.50 to score anytime and make it three European goals for our second tip for this clash.