Krasnodar vs Olympiakos Piraeus
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 27 August 2019
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Krasnodar did… everything wrong in Piraeus last week. After losing 4-0, their coach admitted that some of the choices made for the starting lineup were wrong, the whole approach to the game was wrong, plus, he felt Olympiakos had done a fantastic job “reading” the game before kickoff, planning the game, coming up with effective ideas to neutralize Krasnodar’s “weapons”. The Russian side had key players (like Marcus Berg) practically… absent from the pitch, present on it only physically, but not mentally. On Saturday they hosted Lokomotiv Moscow, drew 1-1, a result good enough to keep them among the leaders (teams on 14 points from seven matches) in Russia’s championship.
The way things have come, Olympiakos need to shoot both their legs not to be in the Champions League group stage. Attempts last week were 20-9 for them, the on target ones were 7-2, corners won were 7-2 as well, the Piraeus side also had slightly bigger ball possession, generally numbers say they deserved to win, but that resounding 4-0 would not have come without Lazar Ranđelović’s… orgy(!). The 22-year-old Serbian winger came off the bench in the 75th minute, with the score at 1-0. Ten minutes later, Olympiakos were leading 3-0, with Ranđelović having scored twice. Daniel Podence’s goal in the 89th minute was the… cherry on top for Olympiakos. On Saturday, Pedro Martins made no less than six changes to his starting lineup, on their debut in Greece’s championship against Asteras Tripolis, at home. They won 1-0, thanks partly to a scandalous refereeing decision in the 81st minute. A ridiculously clear penalty for Asteras was not given, despite the fact that Greece now have VAR in their championship games. The whole country saw in a replay what happened, but when the referee went to the monitor to see for himself, the angles he was given were wrong, he was not shown the clear replay, the very same that TV viewers had seen seconds earlier…
Previous five matches:
Krasnodar vs Lokomotiv Moscow 1-1
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Krasnodar 1-1
Tambov vs Krasnodar 0-2
Porto vs Krasnodar 2-3
Krasnodar vs Rubin Kazan 1-0
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Asteras Tripolis 1-0
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Krasnodar 1-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Istanbul Basaksehir 2-0
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Olympiakos Piraeus 0-1
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Viktoria Plzen 4-0
Krasnodar are visiting Ural on Sunday (Russia championship). Same day, Olympiakos will be visiting Larissa (Greece Super League 1).
Krasnodar vs Olympiakos Piraeus: Head to head Stats
Last week’s game was the first ever between these two.
Krasnodar vs Olympiakos Piraeus: Prediction
Olympiakos have not conceded in six official matches this summer, five in the Champions League qualifiers/playoffs and their national championship debut, but I expect Krasnodar’s players to do the… bare minimum, show some self-respect and win the game, despite not giving them any chance of performing the miracle they need in order to qualify.
Krasnodar vs Olympiakos Piraeus: Betting Tips
Krasnodar’s win is at 2.08. It pays a bit better (2.40) if combined with “under 4.5 goals”.