Europa League Betting Tips

Olympiacos vs Slovan Bratislava betting tips: Europa League Third Qualifying Round First Leg preview, predictions and odds

Recommended bets

Olympiacos to win and both teams to score NO is 11/10.

Youssef El Arabi is 5/2 to break the deadlock and 4/5 to add to his 15 goals in UEFA competition for Olympiacos.

Match preview

Olympiacos would very much have been targeting a Champions League return, but now face a fight just to secure the consolation prize.

In the previous round, the Greek champions were on the wrong end of a massive upset, demolished by Maccabi Haifa.

The first leg in Israel ended all square before, last Tuesday, the visitors stunned Piraeus, leaving 4-0 winners.

In total, Olympiacos have qualified for 20 Champions League group stages, since their first in 1997, but have failed to get there in four of the last seven seasons.

Now, Carlos Corberán’s team are under serious pressure to salvage this campaign by reaching the Europa League.

To get there, they’ll need to win two ties with ŠK Slovan Bratislava providing the first hurdle.

The Slovakian champions began Champions League qualifying by beating Dinamo Batumi, but were then demolished by Ferencváros.

The Sky Blues actually won 2-1 in Budapest, but were then hammered 4-1 back at Tehelné pole.

Slovan Bratislava futures in the Europa League group phase in 2019 as well as the Europa Conference League last season.

Now, Vladimír Weiss’ side still have work to do if they’re to repeat either of those.

Will Olympiacos be too strong at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium?

Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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