Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium will host Thursday’s Europa League qualifier between Olympiakos and Slovan Bratislava. The Thrylos suffered a heart-breaking elimination to Ludogorets in the Champions League third qualifying round, meaning that they are determined to give fans something to cheer about. Defender Ousseynou Ba is banned for the match as he was sent off in the defeat to Ludogorets. Morocco international Youssef El Arabi is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
Slovan Bratislava, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Olympiakos by beating Lincoln Red Imps in the two-legged tie. The Slovaks kicked off the new domestic campaign in style, and given their attacking potential, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Experienced midfielder Vladimir Weiss returns to the starting XI after coming as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Michalovce at the weekend.
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 (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.