Olympiacos vs Juventus Prediction, Preview, Lineups and Betting Tips
Only couple of days before an upcoming “Derby d’Italia”, Juventus must defend its Champions League status when visiting “Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis” in Piraeus. Olympiacos are already out of contention and will finish fourth but the Greeks will be looking to close a tough Group D campaign on a positive note.
Situation in the group as follows: Barcelona already assured of first position, Juve are second with 8 points, having one more than Sporting CP, who must chase a mandatory success in Catalonia to have any chance of overtaking “The Bianconeri”. So, Juventus will surely advance with a victory in Piraeus, or if Sporting fail to gain the whole set of points from Barcelona, which looks very likely but who knows.
UEFA Champions League: Olympiacos vs Juventus 05.12.2017
Olympiacos have won a single point only out of their five Champions League fixtures and will finish last, with no chance to claim the third position and more European football in first months of 2018. Surprisingly or not, their only point came after a goalless draw against Barcelona in Piraeus, which has been achieved thanks to a serious defensive dedication and a false nine role, with Kostas Fortounis playing on top for most of the game. We can see more from the same on Tuesday night, especially when one of the attackers, Emmanuel Emenike, is injured.
Takis Lemonis will probably choose the same formation as he did against Barcelona but the Portuguese wing-back Diogo Figueiras will have to miss out due to suspension.
Two South Americans, Seba and Felipe Pardo compete for a starting position on the right flank, while Marko Marin and Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez are in the same competition, but on the left flank.
The Bianconeri go into the decisive Champions League round full of confidence, after Friday night’s marvelous victory at the “Stadio San Paolo” in Naples. Juve won the Serie A clash with an only goal scored by former Napoli striker, Gonzalo Higuain, who benefited of a fine pass by Paulo Dybala and reminded us for his great finishing. We believe Massimiliano Allegri will start with his two Argentine attackers in Piraeus as well, unless he doesn’t plan to rest some players before the Saturday derby against Inter. Well, the game in Greece is too important to make some serious rotations from the outset and we don’t think Allegri will take any risks before kick-off.
Experienced Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and Croatian talent Marko Pjaca are the two Juve players who are ineligible for the Champions League games. Unfortunately, Giorgio Chiellini is another player who didn’t travelled to Piraeus as he suffers from gastroenteritis. He joins the list of players who have stayed in Turin, alongside summer signing Benedikt Höwedes, while Mandzukic recovers from calf injury and remains doubtful.
Thus Medhi Benatia and Andrea Barzagli are both favourites to build up Juve’s centre-back duo on Tuesday night.
Olympiacos vs Juventus Prediction and Betting Tips
The Italian champion simply can’t afford any kind of underestimation here and we expect tight defensive formation of “The Old Lady” in Piraeus. Indeed, they shouldn’t hesitate to control the game and try to dictate the tempo, but they shouldn’t neither chase a great result here as a narrow success will be more than an acceptable score line for Juventus.
On the other hand, we shouldn’t exclude the home advantage of Olympiacos who maybe are not in their best shape, but through the last decades they have build a reputation of an ambitious аnd solid club. Our betting experts recommend betting on “Under 2.5 Goals“.
Possible Lineups of Olympiacos and Juventus
Venue: “Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis”, Piraeus.
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán from Spain.
Olympiacos Piraeus: Silvio Proto – Omar Elabdellaoui, Björn Engels, Alberto Botia, Leonardo Koutris – Panagiotis Tachtsidis – Seba, Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Alaixys-Romao, Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez – Kostas Fortounis. (4-1-4-1)
Juventus FC: Gianluigi Buffon – Mattia De Sciglio, Andrea Barzagli, Medhi Benatia, Kwadwo Asamoah – Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi – Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Douglas Costa. (4-3-3)