Olympiacos vs. Besiktas / Europa League – One cannot say that this is one of the most attractive duels in the round of sixteen of Europa League, but it could certainly be said that it is the most fervent, because we all know what kind of rivalry is between the teams of Greece and Turkey, while Besiktas last season, finally broke the dominance of Fenerbahce and Galatasaray. Both teams are now leaders in their respective championships, but Olympiacos has a slightly greater advantage of six points over their companions, while Besiktas has four points more than the second composition. Therefore Olympiacos has dropped in form a little bit and lost their last three championship matches, while Besiktas has the same number of wins, plus one in the Cup. It is interesting that these rivals have so far never met in European competition. Begins: 09.03.2017. – 21:05 CET
Olympiacos is a leader in the Greek Championship, they qualified for the Cup semi-finals and played the next round of Europa League, so one might say that it is a normal season for the team from Piraeus, however, is not so and that there are some situations that reveal multiple weaknesses of this Greek champion. They were eliminated in the qualifiers of the Champions League by Hapoel but it was a huge failure, and then they later struggled in Europa League qualifiers. They passed the group stage, but it did not work very smoothly. They passed in the knockout phase, and they also played against a Turkish team, Osmanlispor, which left Piraeus with 0-0, while Olympiacos celebrated with 3-0 at home and won this game.
They had a huge advantage in the championship and it seemed they would routinely win the title again, but they then suffered three defeats in a row, which is very strange for Olympiacos and therefore they dismissed their coach Paulo Bento. They lost three derby matches by AEK, PAOK and Panionios and they did not score a single goal. The team was taken over by the assistant coach Vasilios Vouzas and he will now be tested greatly. After the home defeat by Panionios, Bento changed their entire back line and it again did not help. Now they cannot count on center-back Viana and we also expect new changes with a new coach.
Probable lineups Olympiacos: Leali – Figueiras, Botia, da Costa, de la Bella – Romao, A.Martins – Elyounoussi, Fortounis, Seba – Cardozo
Besiktas has no problems as their host and this team is only now on the way to defending the title. They are holding the first place with four points more than their companions, and their results are great lately. They have a series of five wins, three of which were achieved in the championship, and two in the sixteenth finals against Hapoel, who in the Champions League qualifiers eliminated Olympiacos. They rountinely mastered the Israelis, and after that managed to celebrate as guests against one of their biggest rivals, Galatasaray. It was 1-0, and so they eliminated this team from the fight for the title and it is interesting that even Fenerbahce was not their biggest threat, but Basaksehir.
It should be noted that Besiktas played the group stage of the Champions League this season and they were one step away from the round of sixteen, and then they experienced debacle in Kiev by Dynamo with 6-0 and had to settle for third place in the group. Coach Gunes is forcing the same composition, without the injured Caner Erkin, Uysal and striker Demba Ba. We expect the same composition for this match, which last weekend with 1-0 defeated Rizespor.
Probable lineups Beskitas: Fabricio – Gonul, Nukan, Marcelo, Adriano – Ozyakup, Hutchinson – Quaresma, Talisca, Babel – Tosun
Olympiacos vs. Besiktas PICK
Judging by the current form, the team of Besiktas is in a lead, but in Piraeus the host does not want to even think about defeat and this game could be full of negative charge, and a lot of nervousness, a little real football and we therefore predict the match with a small number of goals, or perhaps even without any.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.60 at bet365 (down to 1.55 can be played)