Our football match prediction:
Besiktas and Olympiakos played out a 1-1 draw in the Europa League last 16, first leg in Athens, meaning that a close encounter appears on the horizon in Thursday’s football match at Vodafone Arena. Besiktas aim to defend their “slim lead” in the tie against the Thrylos and seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we predict that Senol Gunes’ men will advance to the quarter-finals of the competition. Vincent Aboubakar scored in the 1-1 draw with Olympiakos, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. The Greeks need to score at least one goal in the return leg if they are to make it to the next round and that is the main reason why we believe the hosts will have a number of chances to score on the break. You should bear in mind that Besiktas are eyeing their third consecutive win at home in the Europa League.
Highligted Player (Olcay Sahan):
Despite beginning his professional career as the member of Germany’s Under-17 set-up, Olcay Sahan decided to switch allegiance and represent the country of his parents’ descent. Dusseldorf-born Turkish international is a winger who can also be deployed as an attacking midfielder. Usually deployed on the left side of the pitch, Sahan has been used as a playmaker by Fatih Terim at the international level. The 29-year-old is known for his quick pace, hard work and team spirit, which made him one of the fans’ favourite in Turkey. Following spells with Borussia Monchengladbach, Duisburg and Kaiserslautern, Olcay Sahan moved to Besiktas in 2012 when he made an immediate impact for the Black Eagles. He has so far made more than 130 Super Lig appearances, scored and assisted more than 30 goals respectively, at the same time establishing himself as first-team regular and one of the most important players for the club.
Highlighted Team (Olympiakos):
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.