Olympiakos – Rijeka: Preview & Prediction
Olympiakos, are the current champions of Greece, as it happens almost every year. Nationwide they have almost no dominion of Greek football and Panathinaikos and Aek of Athens have had difficulty in taking on rivalry with Olympiakos.
Last year they failed in the Play Off when losing to the Israeli champions and that dictated them the placement in the Europa League. This year they took on this goal of entering the Champions League and are favorites on this tie.
Already they entered the previous round and beat Partizan away 3-1 and home draw 2 goals, managing the first round result.
Many players who have had a pass through our football in this team, cases of Diogo Figueiras, Carcela, Pardo or Sebá. They have not started the Greek championship yet.
Rijeka, are the Croatian champions, they managed to oppose to the great rivals Dynamo Zagreb when they nor they were favorites to conquer the championship. In the championship already take 5 days and delayed if a little with some less good results and already are to 4 points of Dynamo that leads the Croatian championship.
The squad has no experience at this level even though it has one or another interesting player.
Rijeka have played in two previous qualifiers, first defeating the New Saints with two victories at home and away and then followed by Salzburg in which the Croatians drew away from home to 1 goal and at home a zero to zero allowed them to move to the Play Off because of the goal scored away from home.
In this Play Off are not favorites.
Prediction Olympiakos vs Rijeka:
Prognosis: Although Rijeka has more competitive pace at this stage of the season, I see Olympiakos overcame if and win this meeting.
In the tie against Partizan they did quite well, in which they won even outside the home and at home they always had the game in hand.
They have a good attack, an associative mass that never fails and Rijeka away from home turns out to be a more vulnerable team so I see this Olympiakos who has more experience take the game and achieve victory.
Last year they failed in this play off and I do not believe they will fail again, especially in this home game where they have the responsibility to win and they will win.
Olympiakos – Rijeka: Betting Tips
1/1 ht/ft – Odds: 2.40
Over 2 goals – Odds: 1.75