We fancy comfortable Greek home win tonight
The passionate supporters of Olympiakos have to settle for the lesser fare of the Europa League this season after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League last time out. Visitors Maccabi Tel Aviv are surely in for rough night in Piraeus.
Olympiakos are playing in Europe's second string competition after their five-year grip on the domestic scene was brought to an end by Panathinaikos. They've brought in former Liverpool player Albert Riera who will link up with his Spanish compatriots Raul Bravo and Oscar Gonzalez. The Greeks have held on to much coveted forward Kostas Mitroglou and have also added talented Dane Dennis Rommedahl. Olympiakos made light work of Besa Kavaje in the previous round, romping home 11-1 on aggregate.
Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv sneaked through in the previous round with a 3-2 aggregate win over minnows Mogren from Montenegro. Their display in the 2-1 defeat away from home was described as 'impotent and lethargic' by local reporters and they will be gobbled up in Piraeus if they play like that again tonight. New signing Haris Medunjanin will be their main goal threat after bagging two in the previous round after joining from Valladolid.
All things being equal Olympiakos should win without too much sweat tonight. They are scoring goals for fun in this competition and have an abundance of attacking options. For the visitors from Israel this is unfamiliar territory and even though this match is being played behind closed doors, due to a stadium ban carried over from last season on Olympiakos, expect the Greeks to win.
* Back Olympiakos at a -1.5 handicap with Titan Bet at great odds of 2.05
* Over 2.5 goals at 2.0 looks inviting too. Olympiakos scored six at home in their last Europa League qualifier.
Match Odds: Olympiakos 1.25, Draw 4.41, Maccabi Tel Aviv 9.07
Luis Suarez scored early to ensure our tip of Ajax winning the first half against PAOK paid off. Our best bet on Ajax at -1, 1.5 didn't yield a profit as the Greek visitors nabbed an unlikely draw with Martin Jol's side missing a glut of chances.
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