Olympiacos Piraeus hosts Istanbul Basaksehir in the second leg of the Champions League qualification semifinals. The match will be played on Tuesday, August 13th at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium (Piraeus)
Olympiacos achieved a very good result in the first match with the Turks away, having won with a 1:0 score in Istanbul, which is a wonderful foundation of overall success. It made the Greeks even bigger favorites on average of two meetings, but they looked preferable even in advance because their opponent is inexperienced in European competitions. Nevertheless, I strongly doubt that Oly will perform worse at its stadium than it did in Turkey a week ago. In the arena constantly boiling with fanatical passions, where it is very difficult to play even for the well-deserved European grandees... And where, in particular, fairly strong Czech Viktoria Plzen was recently torn to pieces with a 4:0 score. It failed to oppose anything to Olympiacos in the return match of the previous stage of the Champions League qualification!
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As for Basaksehir, it is not as successful on the international stage as it is in the local championship. For all the time of existence, it achieved only the title of a participant in the UEFA Europa League group stage (in 2017). Istanbul did not win special laurels in that tournament, losing further places in the playoffs to its more experienced and successful opponents in the face of Portuguese Braga (losing 1:2) away and German Hoffenheim (losing 1:3) away... And last year Istanbul relegated from the EL qualification due to the efforts of English Burnley (0:0 + 0:1 in a foreign field).
I think that it will be somewhat strange if Olympiacos won’t be able to break through the defense of Basaksehir at least once. The Turkish club will eventually rush forward with large forces and try to win back.
Prediction for the match: Olympiacos Piraeus to score over 1.0 goal