Our football match prediction:
Astana will be looking to get their revenge on Olympiakos for a heavy 4-1 loss in their previous group game when the two teams take on each other at Astana Arena. The Kazakhs have yet to record a win in the Europa League group stages this term and it is no surprise they are considered underdogs in Thursday’s football game against Olympiakos. Astana did well to win their third consecutive domestic trophy at the weekend, meaning that they would not be too disappointed if they fail to grab something from the Olympiakos game. The Thrylos sit in second place in Group B ahead of the trip to Kazakhstan and we predict that the visitors will leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s clash. The Greek champions are on a six-game winning run in all competitions and there is every chance the visitors will pick up all three points from the Astana Arena game.
Highligted Player (Omar Elabdellaoui):
Omar Elabdellaoui is a footballer of Moroccan descent who represents Norway on the international stage. Elabdellaoui made his Norway debut in August 2013 in a friendly match against Sweden. He spent 72 minutes on the field, playing as a right back. Speaking of his club career, the 179-cm-tall footballer played for Manchester City youth team from 2008 and 2011, but he did not make his Man City debut at senior level. After ending his loan spells with Stromsgodset and Feyenoord he moved to Eintracht Braunshweig in 2013. On 10 May, 2013 he signed a permanent deal with the German outfit and it has to be noted that he scored one goal in 43 league appearances for die Lowen. In June 2014 he signed a contract with Olympiakos of Greece and he made his debut with the club on 23 August in a 3-1 victory over Niki Volos. Omar Elabdellaoui is capable of playing as both right back and a right midfielder. He was born on 5 December, 1991 in Oslo.
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.