Astana vs Olympiacos
UEFA Europa League – Group B
Date: Thursday, 3rd November 2016,
Kick-Off at 16:00 UK
Venue: Astana Arena.
Astana host Olympiacos as they have an opportunity to redeem themselves after a battering outing with their visitors in Greece.
Astana suffered 4-1 thrashing in their match day 3 visits to the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece. The blue and yellow as they are mostly called by fans, has failed to record a win in the first 3 games in the Europa League. However, the Kazakhstan based side will only be playing in their second home game in completion, after they played a goalless draw with the young boys in their first away game in the competition. The young boys’ sits bottom of the Group B log with 1 point from 3 game, and needs to start the second half on a winning note, in order to rekindle their hope of getting a round 32 ticket.
Olympiacos Piraeus only away game in this competition ended with a win for the legends. Last time out, the legends cruised over Astana in the first leg of this encounter as they finished top of the group B log with better goal difference after the phase of the group stage.
The Greek side is currently enjoying a fine run of form, winning their last 6 games in all competition, scoring 15 times and conceding just twice in those 6 games run. The Super League giant will look to kick start the second half of the campaign same way they did in the first half, by getting 1-0 victory over Young boys
Astana vs Olympiacos: Head to Head stats
The first leg clash is the lone meeting between Olympiacos and Astana and also the first ever meeting for either sides with a club from opposition country.
There were 5 previous meetings between clubs from Greece and Kazakhstan in UEFA competitions. And the Greek clubs lead the overall head-to-head with 3 wins against 2 losses.
Astana vs Olympiacos: Prediction
Astana is going into this clash on the back of a strong home run in the competition. The blue and yellow hasn’t lost in their last 10 home games in the Europa league. Without doubt, Olympiacos are the better side going into this clash. But Astana’s inconsistent form span over 5 games in all competitions puts dark cloud over a possible positive result in their crucial clash with the side from Piraeus. As a result the visitors could be backed to get another win here.
Astana vs Olympiacos: Bet Tips
Olympiacos to win at 2.25 (5/4)
Over 2.5 goals at 2.23 (11/9).