On Tuesday, from 19:30 pm, Olympiakos Piraeus receives a visit to Istanbul Basaksehir, in the second round of the preliminary round 3 of the UEFA Champions League. In the tour, the Greeks won by 1-0, after a great fight game, in which the guests’ defense resisted heroically.
Olympiakos is a favorite in return, although he has a long list of injured players. As of Tuesday’s game, the hosts will not be able to rely on Cuypers Fortounis, Markovic, Papadopoulous, Soudani and Vukovic, all with low chances of recovery. Christodolopoulous remains uncertain, but he is also on standby, awaiting the doctors’ verdict.
In order to reach this stage of the competition, Olympiakos had to pass the Czechs from Viktoria Plzen, with 0-0 away and 4-0 at home. In Piraeus hell, those from Basaksehir will have to keep their nerves strong, but the Turkish team did not believe in the tour and did not do it in the summer matches: 1-2 with Ajax, 1-5 with Monchengladbach, 1-1 with Dusseldorf and 0-1 with AEK Athens are the results recorded by the revelation of the last years in the Superlig.
However, Istanbul BB was unlucky in the first half, when it received a goal immediately after the break, through Masouras (’53). Then, the hosts missed a penalty in the 90 + 2 minute, through Visca, and this phase could prove to be decisive in the qualifying economy. As a symbol of the fighting of the two formations, 10 yellow cards and one red one, seen by Kahveci (’80), were awarded during the tour. Thus, even in numerical inferiority, Basaksehir had a high chance of equalization.
It was not a boring match, because 29 sutures were sent to the gate, but only 11 of them were square. The corner report was 11-1 in favor of the Turks, who need a perfect performance to hope for qualification in the Champions League play-off.
PREDICTION: Olympiacos Piraeus to win @ 1,78