Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Thanks to a 2-0 win over Omonia in Piraeus, Olympiakos moved one step closer to booking their place in the Champions League group stages. The Thrylos are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Cyprus, and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the return leg. A man to watch in the away team will be Mathieu Valbuena, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Omonia, on the other hand, did well to eliminate Serbian champions Crvena Zvezda in the third qualifying round, but overcoming a two-goal deficit in the tie against Olympiakos is easier said than done. Anyhow, share of spoils is on the cards at Neo GSP Stadium as the Greeks are not regarded as good travellers. Senegal rising star Mamadou Kaly Sene is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts in the decider.
Highlighted Player (Ahmed Hassan):
After spending four seasons at Braga, Ahmed Hassan “Koka” joined Braga in 2015, signing a five-year deal with the Portuguese outfit. The Egyptian striker, who was born in Cairo on 5 March, 1993 made 23 league appearances for Braga in the 2015/2016 season, scoring 10 goals in the Primeira Liga. Ahmed Hassan won Taca de Portugal with Os Minhotos in 2016 and he started the title game against Porto.
Braga defeated the Portuguese giants on penalties in the cup final. Speaking of his international career, “Koka” won the African U20 Championship with Egypt and he made his full international debut with the first team on 14 August, 2013 in a 3-0 win over Uganda.
Ahmed Hassan found the net on his debut for the Egyptian national team. He has a contract with Braga which expires on 30 June, 2020. His highest market value was £4.25 million on February 24, 2016. Ahmed Hassan began his youth career at Al Ahly.
Highlighted Team (Olympiacos):
Olympiakos are regarded as one of the biggest club in Greece. The Thrylos were founded back in 1925 and they play their home games at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus. The capacity of the stadium is 33 296. In 2016 Olympiakos won their 43rd Greek Superleague trophy and it has to be noted that they clinched their sixth consecutive domestic title.
However, the club’s biggest success came in 1999 as they participated in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Red and whites were beaten by Juventus in the two-legged tie. It is well known that Panathinaikos are considered the club’s bitterest rivals and the two teams share a great and long-standing rivalry.
The likes of AEK and PAOK are regarded as Olympiakos’ fierce opponents as well. The likes of Javier Saviola, Kevin Mirallas, Darko Kovacevic, Lomana LuaLua, Joel Campbell, Rivaldo and Marko Pantelic are notable footballers who played for the club in the past. Olympiakos fans are friends with Red Star Belgrade supporters.