Betis vs Olympiakos Piraeus
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 29 November 2018
Kick-off: 18:55 CET
Real Betis obviously prefer to finish the job off this week, but even if things don’t go their way, they have the game in Luxembourg in two weeks, and three points there, will be enough to have them in the top-2 of the group and the last-32 of the competition. Betis are on eight points, one more than AC Milan and Olympiakos. They have drawn 0-0 in Piraeus, back in September. A draw in this match, keeps them in the top-2, and they have a theoretically easy game waiting for them in two weeks. If things go really-really south, if they lose, they’ll be left two points behind Olympiakos, same, most probably, behind AC Milan, but the last two are facing each other in two weeks, so… I repeat, even the worst case scenario this week, a home defeat to Olympiakos, will still leave Betis with real chances of qualifying. Last weekend they lost 2-1 at Villarreal. They are just 14th(!) in La Liga, on 16 points from 13 matches.
Just before the international break, Olympiakos drew 1-1 at home with Panathinaikos, salvaging a point in added time. Last weekend, another added-time goal gave them all three points at Atromitos. It was actually the fourth game this season in which they earned points in added time, scoring seconds before the final whistle. They are third in Greece’s championship, on 23 points, six behind leaders PAOK. In this group, they are on seven points, as many as AC Milan, whom they are hosting in two weeks. No matter what happens this week, even if they lose and Milan win, they’ll still have a chance to qualify on the last day of the group stage.
Previous five matches:
Villarreal vs Betis 2-1
Barcelona vs Betis 3-4
Betis vs AC Milan 1-1
Betis vs Celta 3-3
Racing Santander vs Betis 0-1
Atromitos vs Olympiakos Piraeus 1-2
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Panathinaikos 1-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Dudelange 5-1
Aris vs Olympiakos Piraeus 0-1
Panachaiki vs Olympiakos Piraeus 0-2
Betis’ next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Real Sociedad (Spain La Liga). Olympiakos are hosting Panetolikos on Monday (Greece Super League)
Betis vs Olympiakos Piraeus: Head to head Stats
Betis have never hosted Olympiakos before.
Betis vs Olympiakos Piraeus: Prediction
I’m backing the hosts to win, and secure their spot in the last-32 of the competition mathematically.
Betis vs Olympiakos Piraeus: Betting Tips
A simple Betis win is at 1.66. Combined with “over 2.5 goals”, it pays a much better 2.75.