Our prediction for this Champions League match:
A place in the Europa League knockout stages will be at stake when Olympiakos and Crvena Zvezda face each other at Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki on Wednesday evening. Given the brotherhood between the two clubs, a real football festival is on the cards in Piraeus, but Olympiakos are seen as favourites to win the match.
Crvena Zvezda experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 6-0 loss to Bayern Munchen, and given their current form; we do not believe that Vladan Milojevic’s men are capable of grabbing something from the Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki clash. When the two teams met in Belgrade earlier in the process, Crvena Zvezda defeated Olympiakos 3-1, meaning that the Greeks are hungry for revenge. A man to watch in the home team will be France international Mathieu Valbuena, who scored the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with PAOK in the Greece Super League derby.
Highlighted Player (El Arabi Hillel Soudani):
The 28-year-old Algeria international forward El Arabi Hillel Soudani has been with Dinamo Zagreb since 2013. He began his professional career at ASO Chief and has also represented Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes. Algeria's seventh-highest goalscorer in history, Soudani featured in 2013 and 2015 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Soon after his arrival to Croatia, El Arani Hillal Soudani became one of the most valuable members of the first-team. The 28-year-old striker scored some of the highly important goals for the club, one of which was his Champions League playoff goal during extra time of the match with RB Salzburg in August 2016.
The Algeria international scored a winning goal for his side in a 2-1 triumph which was enough to secure a Champions League group stage participation for the Croatian giants, their fourth since 2010.
Highlighted Team (Crvena Zvezda):
Crvena Zvezda are the most famous club in Balkans. The Crveno-beli have 19 Yugoslav First League titles and have won eight domestic trophies since the breakup of Yugoslavia. Crvena Zvezda won their last league title in the 2015/2016 season, with the team finishing the campaign no less than 28 points clear of Partizan.
Speaking of Partizan, the Crno-beli are considered Crvena Zvezda’s bitterest rivals and the two teams meet in the “Eternal derby” (Veciti derbi). The capital club did well to win the European Cup title in 1991, with the team beating Olympique Marseile on penalties in the title game. That is considered the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that the Serbian club won the International Cup later in 1991. Crvena Zvezda outclassed Colo Colo of Chile (3-0) at National Stadium in Tokyo.
The likes of Dejan Savicevic, Vladimir Jugovic, Dragan Stojkovic, Dragoslav Sekularac, Rajko Mitic, Dusan Savic, Nemanja Vidic and Dejan Stankovic are some of the famous footballers who played for Crvena Zvezda in the past.