Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Against all odds, Olympiakos suffered a shocking loss to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Champions League qualifiers, but the Thrylos did well to eliminate Arouca of Portugal in the Europa League play-offs. As a result, the Greek outfit are going to participate in the Europa League group stages and it has to be noted that they have been grouped alongside Young Boys, APOEL and Astana. Olympiakos are regarded as favourites to make it to the knockout stages of the competition, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. The Thrylos face Young Boys in Bern in their opener and seeing that the Swiss side are tough to beat at home, we are not tempted to put our money on the Greeks in Thursday’s football match. We predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in the Stade de Suisse clash.
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 (Olympiakos):
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.