Olympiacos vs Partizan Belgrade
Champions League Third qualifying round
Date: Wednesday, 2nd August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium (Piraeus).
The Greeks are in a commanding position after earning a comfortable 3-1 win in the first leg at Belgrade.
Last time Partizan overturned a first leg home defeat in the Champions League qualifiers was on 2003/04 season. It was in the play-off against Premier League outfit Newcastle United, but it was a 1-0 defeat.
Olympiacos entered the qualifying rounds for the second season in succession. They were beaten by Hapoel Be’er Sheva at the same stage with a 1-0 defeat away at Israel. The team from Piraeus made five back-to-back appearances at the group stage prior to that.
Partizan’s last made it to the group stage on 2010/11. The failed to progress through the qualifiers in last five seasons.
Olympiacos vs Partizan: Head-to-head
The first leg clash won by Olympiacos on a 3-1 margin is the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.
Olympiacos vs Partizan: Prediction
It is a fair statement that Olympiacos have a big advantage going into this game sitting on a 2 goal cushion and 3 away goals. This is further made better by the home advantage. Georgios Karaiskakis is a their fortress and even the strongest European teams struggle to get positive results here. Therefore, another comfortable win for the Greek club is very much on the cards.
Olympiacos vs Partizan: Bet Tips
FT – Olympiacos to win is a banker bet with Partizan being left with no option than to attack. This might leave plenty of space for the home side to counter and they are smart enough to finish off the scoring chances.
Over 2.5 goals is one of the best alternatives, given the gap created by Olympiacos’ 3-1 win from first leg.