Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Olympiakos play host to Ludogorets at their Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in the Champions League third qualifying round, first leg. The Thrylos faced no difficulties in the two-legged tie against Neftci Baku, and you should know that they are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in the qualifiers for the elite competition. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be captain Mathieu Valbuena, while Morocco international Youssef El Arabi is pushing for a start.
Anyhow, the hosts are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the first leg. Ludogorets looked solid at the back in the double-header against Mura as well, and, taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on under 2.5 goals. Ludogorets boss Valdas Dambrauskas, who took over the reins in January 2021, has no fresh selection worries ahead of the trip to Piraeus.
Highlighted Player (Bruma):
Armindo Tué Na Bangna, known as Bruma, is a Portugal international who plays for PSV in the Eredivisie. Bruma is a product of the Sporting CP football academy, but he started his youth career at Uniao Bissau. The pacey winger born in Guinea-Bissau on October 24, 1994, made 13 appearances for Sporting CP at senior level before joining Turkish side Galatasaray in 2013.
The Portuguese footballer quickly established himself as one of the best Galata players, but after ending his loan spells with Gaziantepspor and Real Sociedad, he moved to Leipzig in the summer of 2017. After scoring five Bundesliga goals in 42 appearances for the Red Bulls, Bruma signed a five-year deal with PSV Eindhoven on June 28, 2019.
As for his international career, the 173-cm-tall winger made his Portugal debut on November 10, 2017 in a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia. He scored his first goal for A Selecao in a 3-1 win over Scotland on October 14, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Ludogorets):
Bulgarian football club PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, commonly referred to as Eagles, compete at the Ludogorets Arena with the capacity of 8,000. PFC Ludogorets Razgrad are owned by Kiril Domuschiev, who made it his personal goal to propel the club to domestic and international success and to hold up the Bulgarian flag high with nation’s biggest clubs Levski and CSKA going through turbulent times.
Having seen their stock rise astronomically since 2010, PFK Ludogorets Razgrad have become the first Bulgarian club to be features in the UEFA Champions League group stage twice. Previously, their maiden participation happened in 2014-15 season when the Bulgarian club made headlines due to notable results against FC Basel and Liverpool.
Their success on domestic scene has been equally impressive as PFC Ludogorets Razgrad remain the second team in the world to win a treble after being promoted from the second to the first league. Main force of the Bulgarian club are the Brazilian players, currently eight of them in the squad many of whom hold the Bulgarian citizenship.