Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Olympiakos and Antwerp take on each other in a highly-anticipated Europa League game at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium. The Thrylos failed to impress in their Greek Super League opener, with the team playing out a goalless draw with Atromitos, but they are surely capable of matching Antwerp in front of home fans. Despite failing to find the net in the Super League opener, both Soares and El Arabi should keep their places up front.
The Jupiler League outfit, on the other hand, did well to eliminate Omonia in the playoffs on penalties. Olympiakos, though, will pose a much bigger threat for Antwerp than their previous rivals, and given their shaky defence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Greek side. Defender Bjorn Engels, who limped off with injury in a 1-0 win over Eupen, is unlikely to feature against the Thrylos.
Highlighted Player (El Arabi Hillel Soudani):
The 28-year-old Algeria international forward El Arabi Hillel Soudani has been with Dinamo Zagreb since 2013. He began his professional career at ASO Chief and has also represented Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes. Algeria's seventh-highest goalscorer in history, Soudani featured in 2013 and 2015 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Soon after his arrival to Croatia, El Arani Hillal Soudani became one of the most valuable members of the first-team. The 28-year-old striker scored some of the highly important goals for the club, one of which was his Champions League playoff goal during extra time of the match with RB Salzburg in August 2016.
The Algeria international scored a winning goal for his side in a 2-1 triumph which was enough to secure a Champions League group stage participation for the Croatian giants, their fourth since 2010.
Highlighted Team (Antwerp):
Founded back in 1880, Antwerp is one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Great Old welcome their rivals at Bosuilstadion, the venue with the capacity of 16,144 people. Antwerp are well known for their red home kits, with the team wearing white shirts and white jerseys when playing on the travels.
Over the years Antwerp have been trying to close the gap between Belgian giants Anderlecht and Club Brugge, but they have yet to win the title in the recent history. The Great Old clinched their first domestic trophy back in 1929, with the team repeating the success two years later. The third and the fourth titles came in 1944 and 1957 respectively.
Beerschot A.C. are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Club Brugge as well. The club chiefs had a long-term partnership with famous English club Manchester United in the past, with Antwerp taking young footballers on loan to Old Trafford.