Olympiakos vs Omonia Nicosia
Champions League Qualifiers 2020/21 (Play-off round)
Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Kick-Off at 20.00 UK
Venue: Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki, Pireaus.
The most popular football team in Greece, Olympiakos should have an easy task to secure UEFA Champions League group stages, at least on paper. They will be facing Omonia Nicosia, the champions of Cyprus in two matches and anything but a win in both encounters would be a surprise.
Visitors are super-lucky to reach this stage after getting outplayed by Red Star Belgrade in the previous round, but thanks to solid defending and penalty lottery won the match.
Olympiakos were drawn directly into the playoffs because of high ranking points on UEFA ladder. They missed playing in the groups only once in the last ten years.
Olympiakos vs Omonia Nicosia Head-to-head
There was only one head to head encounter between Olympiakos and Omonia Nicosia in the past. It was a friendly match played in July this year. The Greek side have won it easily 3-0 FT.
Olympiakos vs Omonia Nicosia Prediction
Experience and quality are heavily going in favour of Olympiakos in this match. They have won both Greece Super League and the national cup without a lot of troubles.
The team is led by Portuguese expert Pedro Martins, having a lot of big and recognizable names within the roster. Some of the key players are Youssef El Arabi, Mathieu Valbuena and Yann M’Villa who was just signed from St Etienne. Arrival of Jose Holebas from Watford is surely going to be a big improvement as well.
Olympiakos were in a rough group last season with Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich and Red Star Belgrade, eventually ending in 3rd place and continuing in Europa League playoffs.
Omonia Nicosia have never reached the UCL playoffs so far. After the abovementioned win against Serbian champions, they narrowly defeated AEK Larnaca at home 2-1. They are surely going to park the bus in Piraeus and hope for the best.
Olympiakos vs Omonia Nicosia Bet Tips
Olympiakos to win and to keep a clean sheet @ 1.72
Olympiakos to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.02.