Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki when Olympiakos and Burnley face each other in Piraeus in the first leg of the Europa League final qualifying round. Olympiakos rolled over Luzern 7-1 (on agg.) to set up a meeting with Burnley, but they can’t afford any complacency in Thursday’s football match against the Premier League side. It is well known that the Thrylos have turned their Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki into a real fortress, but seeing that Burnley look sharp at the back, a close encounter is on the horizon. Both teams are likely to adopt a cautious approach in the first leg and we predict that they are going to play out a goalless draw in Piraeus. Experienced New Zealand attacker Chris Wood is widely expected to lead the line for the Clarets against Olympiakos, whilst Burnley defenders should have Spanish striker Guerrero at bay.
Highlighted Player (Ahmed Hassan):
After spending four seasons at Braga, Ahmed Hassan “Koka” joined Braga in 2015, signing a five-year deal with the Portuguese outfit. The Egyptian striker, who was born in Cairo on 5 March, 1993 made 23 league appearances for Braga in the 2015/2016 season, scoring 10 goals in the Primeira Liga. Ahmed Hassan won Taca de Portugal with Os Minhotos in 2016 and he started the title game against Porto. Braga defeated the Portuguese giants on penalties in the cup final. Speaking of his international career, “Koka” won the African U20 Championship with Egypt and he made his full international debut with the first team on 14 August, 2013 in a 3-0 win over Uganda. Ahmed Hassan found the net on his debut for the Egyptian national team. He has a contract with Braga which expires on 30 June, 2020. His highest market value was £4.25 million on February 24, 2016. Ahmed Hassan began his youth career at Al Ahly.
Highlighted Team (Burnley):
Burnley were one of the founding members of the Football League back in 1888. The Clarets did remarkably well to win the FA Cup trophy back in 1914 and the club owners have been trying to bring glory days back to Turf Moor ever since.
Burnley defeated Liverpool in the 1913/1914 FA Cup final and, no doubt, this is regarded as the greatest achievement in the club’s history. The Clarets finished the 2015/2016 Championship campaign in top position in the standings and, as a result, they will participate in the English Premier League in the 2016/2017 season.
Burnley play their home games at Turf Moor and the capacity of the stadium is 21,401. The Clarets have won two Community Shield trophies so far, in 1960 and 1973, but they have yet to clinch the Premier League title. Claret is the dominant colour of the team’s home shirts.