Olympiacos take on the visitors Hapoel Beer Sheva in the first leg of round three in Champions League qualification. The match will be played in Piraeus on Tuesday, July 27th.
Hapoel have quite small chances to avoid defeat in the first leg in Greece. Basically, the team didn’t deserve the place in third round. Matchup with Sheriff started with 3-2 home win after referee awarded three penalties and sent off one of the visitors. The second leg in Moldova ended with 0-0 draw but Sheriff have unquestionable advantage and should’ve scored at least once.
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Olympiacos is an opponent of completely difference level. One simple fact confirms it: today’s hosts won seven out of nine last Champions League home matches, all of them were played in group stage against leading European teams, including Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Benfica. The hosts of the match easily won the title in Greece last season with 28 wins in 30 matches. The team hasn’t changed since last season and singed up few players to add depth to the squad.
Israeli side lost six out of their last six visits to Greece with 5-15 aggregate score. One of these matches was played against today’s hosts, other matches were against lower-level sides. On top of that, Hapoel won’t be able to count of their key midfielder Hoban (suspended). Hapoel Beer Sheva haven’t shown anything impressive in eurocups in recent years. Last season they lost matchup to Thun (lost 1-2 on the road), a year earlier they lost two-leg clash to Split (1-2 on the road). Obviously, Hapoel is way lower-level side compering to the hosts. On top of that, Olympiacos need to play in the group stage to increase their revenue to match big budget and it will give them additional motivation in the match.
Prediction for the match: Olympiakos to win.