Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on London Stadium when West Ham United and Olympiacos lock horns in the Group A derby on Thursday evening. The Hammers are hungry for revenge and we are positive that David Moyes is going to field the best possible side this time out. Mexico international Edson Alvarez is back from the Premier League ban, whilst defender Kurt Zouma remains on the sidelines with injury. Summer signing Mohammed Kudus should keep his place in the starting XI after finding the net in a 3-2 loss to Brentford at the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Thrylos proved their worth in the 2-1 win over West Ham in Athens, but beating the Premier League side in London is easier said than done. As David Moyes’ men are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the Greeks are going to grab something from Thursday’s showdown. The good news for the away team is that talented midfielder Andreas Ntoi is back from suspension.
Highlighted Player (Saïd Benrahma):
Said Benrahma is an Algeria international who started his club career at Nice. The pacey winger made his Ligue 1 debut during the 2013/2014 season and after scoring 3 goals in 17 appearances for les Aiglons in the French top flight, he moved to the Championship team Brentford in the summer of 2018.
Said Benrahma was born in Ain Temouchent, Algeria on August 10, 1995 and it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Angers, Gazelec Ajaccio and Chateauroux on loan before joining the Griffin Park outfit. The Algerian footballer impressed in the 2018/2019 Championship season, scoring 10 goals and providing 15 assists for his teammates.
His main position is right winger, but he is used as a left winger as well. Speaking of his international career, Said Benrahma made his debut for the Algeria national team on October 13, 2015 in a 1-0 win over Senegal.
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.