Olympiakos vs Juventus
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 5 December 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Two weeks ago I expected goals, at least three, and of course a Sporting win, when the Portuguese side hosted Olympiakos. “Sporting and over 2.5 goals” was at 2.35, and was my main tip. It came good, as the hosts beat Olympiakos 3-1. The Greece champions have… recovered in the Super League, they took advantage of their favorable schedule these last weeks to be among the leaders, after starting the season very badly, but they’ll finish last in their Champions League group no matter what they do against Juventus. Last weekend they beat Apollon Smyrnis 3-1 at home, thanks to two late goals (“Olympiakos and over 3.5 goals” was my tip back then). Will we see the Olympiakos who kept Barcelona to nil, or the team that conceded three goals to Sporting in Piraeus, back in September? My guess is, Olympiakos will be fine by earning another goalless draw. If they score, it will be through one of their few, as I expect, good counterattacks.
Juventus will be playing this game having part of their attention turned to what will be going on simultaneously in Barcelona. If Juve win, they don’t care about the result of Sporting’s match at Camp Nou. If they drop points though, they will depend on Barcelona not necessarily to beat Sporting, but at least not to lose. Juventus are on eight points, one more than Sporting, and they have the advantage if they finished level on points. Last weekend they earned a huge win at Napoli, 1-0, narrow, but still huge in significance. Higuain scored again (he has been hurting his former team consistently ever since he moved to Juve). Two weeks ago, when they hosted Barcelona, my tips were “under 2.5 goals” and the same one combined with “no” in “both teams to score”, and both came good, as that game ended in a goalless draw.
Previous five matches:
Olympiakos vs Apollon Smyrnis 3-1
AOX Kissamikos vs Olympiakos 1-1
Kerkyra vs Olympiakos 1-3
Sporting vs Olympiakos 3-1
Olympiakos vs Levadiakos 2-1
Napoli vs Juventus 0-1
Juventus vs Crotone 3-0
Juventus vs Barcelona 0-0
Sampdoria vs Juventus 3-2
Juventus vs Benevento 2-1
Next game for Olympiakos is at Panetolikos, on Saturday (Greece Super League). Same day, Juve will be hosting Inter (Italy Serie A).
Olympiakos vs Juventus: Head to head Stats
Olympiakos have hosted Juventus five times in the past. They have beaten them once, lost twice, and there have been two draws as well. Total goals, four for Olympiakos, six for Juventus.
Olympiakos vs Juventus: Prediction
I will be very-very surprised if Olympiakos win, but anything but surprised if they do manage to get a draw. Either way, I expect very few goals.
Olympiakos vs Juventus: Betting Tips
Olympiakos’ double chance is at 4.50(!). Draw alone pays 6.75, but even 4.50 is fantastic, I reckon, not overlooking, obviously, the huge amount of risk this involves. My main tip though, is “under 2.5 combined goals”, at 2,00. Pushing it, in a more… relaxed ticket, betting just for the fun of it, I would gamble with “under 1.5”, at 3.60.
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- Maribor vs Sevilla
- Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow
- Feyenoord vs Napoli
- Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City
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- Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
- Tottenham vs APOEL Nicosia