Olympiakos vs Krasnodar Preview

Olympiakos vs Krasnodar

Competition – UEFA Champions League

Stadium – Karaiskaki Stadium

Date: 21st August 2019

Kick-off time – 20:00 BST 

Krasnodar will continue their impressive run towards the Champions League group stage when they take on Olympiacos in this playoff game.  The Russians have started their season in impressive fashion and come here having won their last three matches including an impressive 3-2 win over FC Porto in the last round of the Champions League.

Krasnodar have a team that knows how to grind out the results in games even if it means not scoring many goals.  Their win over Porto was the first time they scored 3 goals in a game in their last 5 matches, yet they didn’t lose any of those game despite also playing Zenit Saint Petersburg away from home in that period.

Olympiacos are bidding to return to the Champions League group stages after a couple of seasons out and they have done well to reach this stage.

The Greeks come here in fine form defencively as they have not conceded a goal yet in four Champions League qualifying matches.

They scored 7 goals in those games against Viktoria Plzen and Istanbul Basaksehir and they will look to build on those performances in this game.

Bookmakers have priced Olympiakos up as steady favourites to come out on top in this opening leg while Krasnodar have an outside chance of snatching an early lead in the tie.

Goal markets point to a low-scoring affair as under 2.5 goals is trading odds-on prior to kick-off while Youssef El Arabi is favourite to score the opening goal of the game.

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