Olympiakos vs Wolves betting tips: Europa League match preview & predictions

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Olympiakos vs Wolves prediction: Olympiakos 1-2 Wolves

The big news is that UEFA has confirmed that this match will not be postponed despite the spread of coronavirus.

Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis has confirmed he’s contracted the disease.

Yet, despite a request for Wolves to postpone the match, UEFA have rejected that request.

This match will be played behind closed doors.

Having knocked Arsenal out in the previous round, Olympiakos are preparing to face their third Premier League opponent of the season.

Wolves are the competition’s joint-leading scorers with 17 goals since the group stage.

Olympiakos vs Wolves: Who will win?

Despite playing away from home, Wolves are overwhelming favourites to win at 23/20. An Olympiakos win is priced at 12/5 while the draw can be backed at 12/5.

Wolves are 3/10 to qualify for the last eight while Olympiakos are 12/5.

There have been at least three goals scored in Wolves’ last four Europa League matches. Bet on over 2.5 goals at 11/8.

Diogo Jota is the competition’s joint-leading goalscorer with six. Remarkably, he’s played fewer minutes in the competition than anyone else in the top 15 goalscorers list. Jota is 13/2 to open the scoring and 5/2 to score anytime.

Olympiakos vs Wolves Europa League match preview

Olympiakos host Wolves at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus on Thursday night for the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie.

Olympiakos pulled off one of the shocks of the campaign as they knocked Arsenal out in the previous round, despite a 1-0 defeat in the first leg.

Pape Cisse’s headed goal gave Olympiakos a 1-0 lead after 90 minutes, sending the match to extra time. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s overhead kick looked to have sent Arsenal through before a last-minute winner from Youssef El-Arabi broke Gunners’ hearts. The tie ended 2-2 but Olympiakos progressed on the away goals rule.

Olympiakos remain top of the Greek Super League with a seven-point lead over PAOK in second. Last Wednesday they were knocked out of the Greek Cup with a 3-2 defeat at PAOK.

In the previous round, Wolves dispatched Espanyol 4-0 at Molineux in the first leg. Wolves lost 3-2 in the return leg in Spain but their first-leg victory was enough to secure a 6-3 aggregate win.

Wolves remain 6th in the Premier League after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Brighton on Saturday.

This is Wolves’ maiden season in the Europa League and their first season in Europe since 1981. Wolves finished runners up in the first-ever edition of the UEFA Cup in 1972.

Olympiakos manager Pedro Martins was a former teammate of Nuno Espírito Santo during their playing days at Vitoria. They have met as managers on six occasions, each winning twice.

Thursday’s game will be the first UEFA meeting between the two clubs. The second leg will be held in Wolverhampton on 19 March.

 

Wolves statement to the Olympiakos game going ahead

Wolves have published the following statement on their club website:

Wolves can confirm that a formal request submitted to UEFA proposing the postponement of Thursday’s Europa League tie at Olympiacos has been rejected by the governing body.

The match will take place, behind closed doors, in line with the Greek government’s enforced temporary suspension of spectators attending sporting events, to limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Greece.

Our position is that the trip poses unnecessary risks to our players, staff, supporters and the families of all who travel, at such critical and uncertain times.

Our concern is also for our opponents, whose players and staff have today been tested, and will now be expected to play their part in an important fixture, under the difficult and challenging circumstances of their owner suffering with the virus.

There is also disappointment that the match will be played without home and away supporters, as that is part of what makes European competition so special, as well as the fact our fans have already contended with similar obstacles on our Europa League journey already this season.

We believe that there are some things that are more important than football, and that the good health of our pack and the general public is one of them. However, we respect the decision of UEFA and the integrity of the competition, and we will travel tomorrow to Greece to play the fixture.

We hope that our request to UEFA, and our acceptance of their decision, can act as the catalyst for them to consider alternative options moving forwards, as this will not be the last fixture to be affected by coronavirus.

Olympiakos team news vs Wolves

Ruben Semedo is available again after serving a one-match suspension in the second-leg against Arsenal.

Youssef El Arabi should keep his place up front, with Konstantinos Fortounis likely to start from the bench. El-Arabi has scored six goals in Europe this season, with five coming in the Champions League.

Lazar Randjelovic and Giorgos Masouras will compete for a spot on the right wing.

Hillal Soudani remains sidelined.

 

Wolves team news vs Olympiakos

Jonny is Wolves’ only injury concern, so Ruben Vinagre should continue at left wing-back for the visitors.

Raul Jimenez will lead the attack. He is Wolves’ leading assist-maker in the competition this season with 3.

Adama Traore started Saturday’s draw on the bench and could replace Leander Dendoncker in the starting eleven.

Daniel Podence signed from Olympiakos in January and is in contention to face his former club. The winger was on the scoresheet in Olympiakos’s Champions League Group Stage draw with Spurs.

 

Olympiakos predicted line-up vs Wolves

Predicted Olympaikos XI vs Wolves

Predicted Olympaikos XI vs Wolves

Wolves predicted line-up vs Olympiakos

Predicted Wolves XI vs Olympiakos

Predicted Wolves XI vs Olympiakos

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Greek Super League table

#TeamMPWDLFADP
1Olympiacos Piraeus2620605394466
2PAOK Thessaloniki26185350232752
3AEK Athens26156542222051
4Panathinaikos Athens26128635231244
5OFI Crete26104123535034
6Aris Thessaloniki2681083832634
7Atromitos Athinon2695123136-532
8AE Larissa FC2679102833-530
9Asteras Tripolis2686123337-430
10Lamia 19642651291933-1427
11Volos NPS2676132342-1927
12AO Xanthi FC2686122132-1118
13Panaitolikos2638152042-2217
14Panionios Athens2645171645-2911
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Premier League table

#TeamMPWDLFADP
1Liverpool FC34302275264992
2Manchester City34223986345269
3Chelsea FC341861063461760
4Leicester City34178964323259
5Manchester United331510856332355
6Wolverhampton Wanderers34131384537852
7Sheffield United34131293533251
8Arsenal FC34121485042850
9Burnley FC34147133846-849
10Tottenham Hotspur33139115244848
11Everton FC33128134048-844
12Southampton FC33134164255-1343
13Newcastle United341110133550-1543
14Crystal Palace34119143043-1342
15Brighton & Hove Albion34812143647-1136
16West Ham United3487194059-1931
17Watford FC34710173153-2231
18Aston Villa3376203662-2627
19AFC Bournemouth3376203259-2727
20Norwich City3456232663-3721
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Olympiakos vs Wolves FAQs

What time does Olympiakos vs Wolves kick off?
Thursday, March 12, 2020. 20:00 UK time
Who are the favourites to win Olympiakos vs Wolves?
Olympiakos are 23/10 to win, Wolves are 5/4 to win. The draw is 23/10. Odds correct at the time of publishing. Odds via Bet365.
What's the prediction?
Olympiakos 1 - Wolves 2
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