Competition: Europa League qualifying
Market: Olympiacos win
Odds: 11/10 @ 1xBet
Looking to pick up a first-leg advantage when they open their Europa League qualifying adventure on Thursday night, Olympiacos will welcome Genk to the Karaiskakis Stadium.
Starting with the hosts, signing off their pre-season preparations with a disappointing 2-0 friendly defeat against Championship outfit Norwich, Olympiacos will certainly be seeking an immediate response here. Tipped as a standout contender to extend on their Europa League qualifying adventure his month, Diego Martinez’s men will certainly be excited to make a return to the Karaiskakis Stadium here. Despite being forced to settle for a bronze medal finish among Greece’s elite earlier in the year, the Reds have gained a reputation for their continued success in front of their own supporters. Along with signing off the 2022/23 campaign with a 1-0 win against Panathinaikos back on May 8th, it should be highlighted that Olympiacos have lost just a trio of their previous 17 home fixtures across all formats – a run that stems back to February 9th. Despite their summer blip away at Norwich last week, Martinez’s side will be smelling the chance to claim a crucial first-leg advantage on Thursday night.
As for the visitors, suffering Champions League qualifying heartbreak at the hands of Swiss outfit Servette last week, Genk are in the midst of a recent wobble. Coming under a huge amount of scrutiny earlier in the month, Woulter Vrancken’s men also failed to pick up any kind of momentum a few days ago. Putting in a worrying performance on home soil as they slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Eupen while on domestic duties, the Blues have also gained a reputation for their continued struggles on the road. In fact, Genk have remarkably mustered just a single win from any of their previous eight straight competitive showdowns away from the Cageka Arena – a run that stems all the way back to February 5th. Already suffering back-to-back defeats since opening the 2023/24 campaign, Vrancken’s side will be more than aware that they face a stern examination when they travel out to Greece on Thursday night.
Bet: Olympiacos 11/10 to beat Genk in Thursday’s Europa League qualifying showdown @ 1xBet
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