Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Ulker Stadyumu will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Fenerbahce and Olympiakos Piraeus, the two teams who meet for the first time ever in the competition. Given the rivalry between Turkish and Greek clubs, there will be fireworks in Istanbul on Thursday evening, but the hosts are seen as slim favourites to win the match. Fener did well to hold Eintracht Frankfurt to a draw in their opener, and given their display in back-to-back league wins over Giresunspor (2-1) and Hatayspor (2-1), home win should be considered.
The Thrylos, on the other hand, are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in all competitions, but beating Fener in Istanbul is easier said than done. Since the in-form Turks are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors will return to Athens empty-handed. All Sosa, Sangare, Kahveci, Zajc, and Tisserand are sidelined with injuries for the hosts, while Semedo misses out for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Mauricio Lemos):
Mauricio Lemos is a Uruguay international who plays for Las Palmas as a centre-back. Lemos began his youth career at Defensor Sporting and he made nine appearances in the league for the club at senior level. In 2015 he moved to Russia, signing a loan deal with Rubin Kazan and it has to be noted that he made his debut for the Volzhane on August 3, 2015 in a 1-0 loss to Spartak Moscow.
After making eight appearances for the Russian Premier League club in all competitions, Mauricio Lemos joined La Liga side Las Palmas in the winter of 2016. The 185-cm-tall footballer made his debut for los Amarillos on February 20 in a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona.
The right-footed defender scored five goals in 23 appearances for Las Palmas in the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign as he is a free-kick master. Lemos, who is well known for his powerful shot, was born in Rivera, Uruguay on December 28, 1995. His contract with Las Palmas should expire on June 30, 2021.
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.