Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Olympiakos Piraeus and PSV. The Thrylos aim to bounce back from a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Panathinaikos, and we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field. You should bear in mind that the Greek champions are eyeing their eighth consecutive win at home in all competitions. Both Valbuena and El Arabi are likely to return to the starting XI for the hosts.
PSV, on the other hand, dropped two points in a 2-2 draw with Den Haag at the weekend. The Dutch side continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, and given Olympiakos’ home record in European competitions, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Thrylos. The likes of Gakpo, Gotze, Ledezma, Madueke, Romero, and Viergever have all been struggling with injuries of late.
Highlighted Player (Bruma):
Armindo Tué Na Bangna, known as Bruma, is a Portugal international who plays for PSV in the Eredivisie. Bruma is a product of the Sporting CP football academy, but he started his youth career at Uniao Bissau. The pacey winger born in Guinea-Bissau on October 24, 1994, made 13 appearances for Sporting CP at senior level before joining Turkish side Galatasaray in 2013.
The Portuguese footballer quickly established himself as one of the best Galata players, but after ending his loan spells with Gaziantepspor and Real Sociedad, he moved to Leipzig in the summer of 2017. After scoring five Bundesliga goals in 42 appearances for the Red Bulls, Bruma signed a five-year deal with PSV Eindhoven on June 28, 2019.
As for his international career, the 173-cm-tall winger made his Portugal debut on November 10, 2017 in a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia. He scored his first goal for A Selecao in a 3-1 win over Scotland on October 14, 2018.
Highlighted Team (PSV):
Based in Eindhoven, Netherlands, PSV is a professional football club competing the top flight of the Dutch football, Eredivisie. PSV play their home games at the Phillips Stadium which can accommodate 35,000 people. Over the course of its 100-year-old history, PSV has become one of the country’s Big Three clubs that has dominated Eredivisie along with Ajax and Feyenoord.
Known as a stepping stone for future world-class stars, PSV propelled the likes of Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Romario, Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and most recently Arjen Robben. The Boeren (Peasants) as they call themselves take pride in Eindhoven’s status of being a provincial city and never hide their Brabantian heritage which allow them to enjoy their uniqueness in the company of more prominent clubs from Dutch big cities.
The Peasants boast 23 domestic league titles and 9 KNVB Cup trophies. They have also managed two major European titles – European Cup in 1987-88 and UEFA Cup in 1977-78.