Olympiacos vs Real Betis
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki (Piraeus).
Olympiacos host Real Betis in one of the most interesting ties of the opening day in Europa League. Grabbing a result here would be of a huge importance for these two likes given they are drawn in the same group with Italian giants Milan.
Thrylos come into the game in high spirits following three consecutive wins in Super League. They are one of three teams with a perfect record so far on the domestic competition. Pedro Martins’ men did well in continental affairs as well, easing pas Luzern and Burnley en route to the group phase of Europa League.
They bagged an impressive seven-goal tally in two matches with Luzern and added four more in two affairs against Premier League side Clarets.
Olympiacos vs Real Betis: Head-to-head
The two teams are about to lock horns for the first time ever on Thursday evening.
Olympiacos vs Real Betis: Prediction
Real Betis returned to the European football after a five-year absence. They earned the top-six finish thanks to a string campaign in the second half of the season in the previous term of La Liga. Interestingly, Los Beticos had a negative goal difference in spite of coming sixth.
It was because of the horrendous defensive record which saw the team conceded as many as 61 goals in 38 outings. Quique Setien looks to have paid a special attention to fixing defensive holes at the start of the new season, but the attacking line is yet to start producing.
Betis did not concede a single goal in last three league games even though the opposition included the likes of Sevilla and Valencia in past two. They scored no more than one in four games, though, making us wonder if they have the capacity to hurt Oly’s defensive line here.
To sum it all up, we expect a very close game to be decided by one or even none goals. The Under 2.5 goals FT thus looks to be the best of betting calls and you can back it at the odds of 1.80. Alternatively, you can shoot for the draw at the half time at 2.10.
Olympiacos vs Real Betis: Bet Tips
• Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5)
• Draw at the half time @ 2.10 (11/10).