Olympiacos Piraeus hosts Tottenham Hotspur in round 1 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Wednesday, September 18th at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium (Piraeus)
As odd as it sounds, Olympiacos is much more experienced than its upcoming opponent is in the Champions League, although Tottenham played in the last Champions League final. Over the past 20 years, the Greek team has started in the group stage 16 times. However, it managed to get out of the group only 3 times. Currently, the team is in excellent condition. Olympiacos didn’t lose the last 25 matches in a row and won 19 of them. On the way to the stage group, Olympiakos knocked out Czech Viktoria, Turkish Basaksehir, and Krasnodar, demonstratively hammering the last team (4-0) at home. And then it won in Russia too. The Greeks are staffed quite qualitatively. There are the legionnaires from Serbia, Portugal, Spain, and France. And in the past, these footballers defended the colors of such clubs as Sporting, Porto, Villarreal, Udinese, Marseille, Lyon.
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Tottenham managed to break into the final in the last draw but was naturally beaten by the compatriots from Liverpool. Coach Pochettino managed to retain almost the entire squad of that final. Only defender Trippier moved to Athletico Madrid. But now Tottenham does not show the game thanks to which it played in the Champions League final 3 months ago. In the last round of the Premier League, the Spurs won quite confidently (4-0), but it was just Crystal Palace and they played at home. Current Olympiacos is much stronger than Crystal. And it will play at home where the Greek fans know how to bring pressure on any opponent.
When I compare the latest fixtures of the teams, it seems that the bookmakers overestimate the strength of the English, making them a clear favorite. Olympiacos is not as simple as it seems. The squad is solid and well-coordinated, and the team plays at home. It just forgot about the losses. At the home stadium, it lost far back in February. Tottenham is far from its optimal shape. And having weighed all the available facts, we can assume that the hosts may well not lose. Still, I will insure them with a plus handicap.
Prediction for the match: Olympiacos Piraeus to win with +1.0 handicap