Olympiakos vs Sporting Lisbon
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 12th September 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Venue: Karaiskakis Stadium
On Saturday, Olympiakos were considered huge favorites to beat Xanthi away from home, but in the preview of that game I explained why I considered Xanthi’s double chance too good to ignore, and the hosts did manage to earn a 1-1 draw. Before traveling there, Olympiakos had four consecutive wins, two in the Greek championship and two over Rijeka in the Champions League playoffs. Winning the championship in Greece practically without exception every single year for almost two decades now, means it’s the Champions League matches that… spark their interest the most, they are practically living for these matches, the stadium will be full, but there are question marks regarding how… sufficient the team’s roster is, to beat a team like Sporting.
Sporting Lisbon… played with fire in the playoffs, getting stuck to a goalless draw at home against Steaua, in a game that the Romanian side could have very well won. The return leg in Bucharest was nothing less than a triumph for the Portuguese side, 5-1, a real party, that only got partially spoiled the day of the draw, when they realized that they would be fighting against Barcelona and Juventus for a spot in the last 16. Domestically, they have started the Primeira Liga season with five wins in as many games, and they are sharing the top of the table with Porto, the only other team to have maintained a perfect record so far.
Previous 5 matches:
Xanthi vs Olympiakos 1-1
Lamia vs Olympiakos 0-1
Rijeka vs Olympiakos 0-1
Olympiakos vs AEL Larissa 4-1
Olympiakos vs Rijeka 2-1
Feirense vs Sporting CP 2-3
Sporting CP vs Estoril 2-1
FCSB vs Sporting CP 1-5
Vitoria de Guimaraes vs Sporting CP 0-5
Sporting CP vs FCSB 0-0
Next game for Olympiakos is on Sunday, at home, against Asteras Tripolis. A day earlier, Sporting Lisbon will be hosting Tondela in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Olympiakos vs Sporting Lisbon: Head to head Stats
Olympiakos and Sporting have never played against each other before.
Olympiakos vs Sporting Lisbon: Prediction
Olympiakos are considered slight favorites to win the game, but I’m backing Sporting to earn at least a draw.
Olympiakos vs Sporting Lisbon: Betting Tips
Sporting’s double chance is at 1.50 betting odds, obviously low. Taking a risk, I would bet on them to win, at 2.80, scoring at least twice.
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