Our football match prediction:
Olympiakos will be aiming to build on a 2-0 win over Larissa when they take on Osmanlispor in the last 32 of the Europa League. The Thrylos are on a six-game winning run at home in the national championship and seeing that they scored five goals in previous two home matches in the Europa League, we predict that the Greeks will record a win over the Turkish side in Thursday’s football game. Brown Ideye found the net in the victory over Larissa and the former WBA man is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Osmanlispor have been struggling to find their best form in 2017. The team recorded only one win in previous seven games in all competitions and they are unlikely to spoil Olympiakos’ party at Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki. Osmanlispor suffered a 2-1 loss to Steaua in their last away game in the Europa League.
Highlighted Player (Kostas Fortounis):
Born in Trikala Greece on 16 October, 1992, Kostas Fortounis made his senior debut for his hometown club Trikala in the 2009/2010 Gamma Ethniki campaign. After playing 13 games for the club he moved to Asteras Tripolis at the end of the season. In 2011 the Greek midfielder moved to Germany, signing a deal with Kaiserslautern. Fortounis made 70 league appearances for Kaiser, scoring two goals from 2011 to 2014. On 22 July, 2014 he returned to Greece, signing a four-year contract with Olympiacos. It has to be noted that he played for the Thrylos during his youth career (2003-2008). Kostas Fortounis made his Greece debut against Belgium in February, 2012 and he represented his homeland at the 2012 European Championship finals. However, he was left out of the Greece 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. His main position is attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well. Fortounis won two Greek Superleague titles (2014/2015, 2015/2016) with Olympiakos.
Highlighted Team (Osmanlispor):
Osmanlispor are one of several Turkish clubs based in the country’s capital Ankara. The capital club was founded in 1978 as Ankara Belediye Spor Kulubu and the club’s current name refers to the Ottoman emperor Osman I. Osmanlispor finished the 2015/2016 Turkish Super Lig season in 5th place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers. By beating the likes of Zimbru, Nomme Kalju and Midtjylland the Turkish outfit made it to the group stages of the European competition for the first time ever. Osmanlispor’s home coloures are white and blue, while they play their away games in yellow shirts and blue shorts. Osmanli Stadyumu is the home ground of the team, the venue which was opened in 1974. In 2008 the stadium was renovated and it currently holds 19 626 people. The likes of Genclerbirligi, Ankaragucu and Etimesgut Sekerspor are regarded as the club’s bitter rivals. The club’s nickname is the Ottomans (Osmanlilar).