Our football match prediction:
Given the rivalry between Greece and Turkey, many people expect that there will be fireworks when Olympiakos and Besiktas face each other at Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki in the first leg of the Europa League last 16. The Thrylos proved their worth in the tie against Osmanlispor and they are eager to eliminate yet another Turkish outfit in the knockout stages of the European competition. The capital club head into Thursday’s football match following a 2-0 loss to PAOK and we predict that they will get back on course. Besiktas outclassed Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the last 32, but Olympiakos are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Turks than their previous rivals. Over the years the Thrylos have turned their Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki into a real fortress and they are likely to record a hard-fought win over the Kara Kartallar. Karim Ansarifard impressed in the victory over Osmanlispor and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line.
Highlighted Player (Omar Elabdellaoui):
Omar Elabdellaoui is a footballer of Moroccan descent who represents Norway on the international stage. Elabdellaoui made his Norway debut in August 2013 in a friendly match against Sweden. He spent 72 minutes on the field, playing as a right back. Speaking of his club career, the 179-cm-tall footballer played for Manchester City youth team from 2008 and 2011, but he did not make his Man City debut at senior level. After ending his loan spells with Stromsgodset and Feyenoord he moved to Eintracht Braunshweig in 2013. On 10 May, 2013 he signed a permanent deal with the German outfit and it has to be noted that he scored one goal in 43 league appearances for die Lowen. In June 2014 he signed a contract with Olympiakos of Greece and he made his debut with the club on 23 August in a 3-1 victory over Niki Volos. Omar Elabdellaoui is capable of playing as both right back and a right midfielder. He was born on 5 December, 1991 in Oslo.
Highlighted Team (Besiktas):
Besiktas football club is one of the most successful teams in Turkey. Since its foundation in 1903, Besiktas have never been relegated to a lower rank of Turkish football. Black Eagles as they are known in Turkey play their matches at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul which is an almost 42,000 all-seater capacity venue. Considered one of the top three football clubs in the country, Besiktas are the 14-time Super Lig champions who are entering the Champions League group stage in the 2016-17 season looking to make their presence known at the European scene. Besiktas have played in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League four times already, and are yet to progress through to the knockout sgateg in the competition that was established in today’s format in 1992. Their most outstanding European achievements of the Turkish side are the European Cup and UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 1987 and 2003, respectively. During their rich history the Black Eagles have also won 9 Turkish Cups and 8 national Super Cup titles.