Olympiacos vs Hapoel Beer Sheva:
Champions League Qualifiers.
Date: Wednesday, 27-July-2016
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki (Piraeus).
Olympiacos Piraeus kick-off their Champions League qualification campaign as they host Israel outfit Hapoel Beer Sheva on Wednesday night.
The Greek Champions have a strong pedigree at the Champions League since the past few seasons. They had qualified for the group stages on the last six consecutive seasons and made to the knockout round on two occasions. They are also renowned to be a strong home side and defeated the likes of Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United in the previous seasons.
The newly crowned Israeli Premier League Champions are making their first ever appearance in the Champions League qualifiers. They were in the Europa League qualifying round on last two seasons, but eliminated in the first fixture on both occasions. They have passed the first hurdle this time by defeating FC Sheriff from Moldova on the back of a 3-2 home win.
Olympiacos vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Head-to-Head
This is the first ever meeting between Olympiacos and Hapoel Beer Sheva in a UEFA tournament.
Olympiacos had played against Hapoel’s arch rivals Maccabi Haifa on four occasions and managed 1 win and a draw, both at home. While they lost in each of their two visits to Israel.
Hapoel Beer Sheva’s only meeting against a Greek Side was on 1994/95 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round. They lost both legs, 3-1 at Greece and 2-1 back home.
Olympiacos vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Prediction
Olympiacos will go into this game as firm favourites as they are much quality side then their Wednesday’s opponents. Moreover, they are much experienced and are eyeing the seventh consecutive appearance in the group stages of Champions League.
I expect this fixture to be a high scoring match and particularly back Olympiacos to score a minimum of two goals here.
Olympiacos vs Hapoel Beer Sheva: Tips
- Over 2.5 goals.
- Olympiacos over 1.5 goals.