Freiburg vs Olympiacos Prediction, Tips & Odds – Nov. 30, 2023
Freiburg vs Olympiacos Prediction 30.11.2023. In the fifth round of the Europa League group stage, Freiburg will meet Olympiacos. The match is scheduled for Thursday at 18:45 at the Europa-Park stadium.
In the previous round, the home team defeated TSC Backa Topola, while the visitors lost to West Ham.
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Freiburg vs Olympiacos Odds
Since a 5-0 win against Backa Topola in the fourth round of the Europa League and their biggest win in European competition in history, Freiburg have failed to win their last two Bundesliga games. They suffered a 3-1 defeat at RB Leipzig and then drew 1-1 at home to Darmstadt last weekend. Lucas Holer scored his second home goal in as many games to cancel out Mathias Honsak’s early goal, but Freiburg failed to score a second-half winner and had to settle for sharing the points, extending their league winless run to four games.
Christian Streich’s side have dropped to ninth in the Bundesliga table, eight points behind fifth-placed Leipzig, but they are doing better in the Europa League this season as they have won three of their first four games in Group A and share top spot with West Ham United. Freiburg must avoid defeat against Olympiacos to secure a place in the knockout stages, but a win would improve their chances of finishing top of the group and directly through to the round of 16.
Freiburg’s long injury list includes Christian Gunter, Lukas Kubler, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, Max Rosenfelder, Maximilian Philipp, and Yannik Keitel, while Roland Sallai, who has a hamstring problem, will be assessed before kick-off.
Ritsu Doan will hope to keep his place on the right wing ahead of Kilian Sildillio, while Noah Weisshaupt should keep his place on the opposite wing. Vincenzo Grifo has been directly involved in six goals in four Europa League games this season, and the Italian striker is expected to start in attack alongside Holler and Michael Gregoritsch.
Olympiacos experienced mixed fortunes in the third and fourth rounds of the Europa League, with a 2-1 win at home to West Ham followed by a narrow 1-0 defeat at the Hammers in London, and their hopes of avoiding a second consecutive group exit now hanging in the balance about the end. Diego Martinez’s side are currently third in Group A and, as things stand, will drop into the Europa Conference League play-offs, but must beat Freiburg on Thursday and Backa Topola in their final group game to have any chance of securing second place.
Last weekend’s win gave Olympiacos the boost they needed as they head into Thursday having failed to win any of their last eight European away games while losing 11 of their last 12 meetings with German clubs, the only exception being a 1-1 draw away from home against Freiburg last season in the Europa League.
As for the Olympiacos squad, Nicolas Freire, Jackson Porozo, Gustavo Scarpa, and Doron Leidner remain sidelined with injuries, while Giulian Biancone and Ivan Brnic, who both played against Panathinaikos last weekend, are ineligible for Thursday’s game after omitted from the squad for the Europa League.
Martinez is expected to return several first-team regulars to his starting line-up, including Francisco Ortega, Daniel Podence, and Ayoub El Kaabi, who scored twice against Freiburg in the second leg.
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Freiburg: Christian Gunter, Lukas Kubler, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, Max Rosenfelder, Maximilian Philipp, Yannik Keitel, Roland Sallai
Olympiacos: Nicolas Freire, Jackson Porozo, Gustavo Scarpa, Doron Leidner, Giulian Biancone, Ivan Brnic
Freiburg (3-4-2-1): Atubolu; Ginter, Lienhart, Gulde; Doan, Eggestein, Hofler, Weisshaupt; Holer, Grifo; Gregoritsch
Olympiacos (4-3-3): Paschalakis; Rodinei, Porozo, Retsos, Ortega; Alexandropoulos, Camara, Hezze; Podence, El Kaabi, Fortounis
Freiburg is a slight favorite in this match due to the advantage of the home field, the duel between them and the situation in the table. However, we believe that it will not be easy to win, because Olympiacos is playing well in the Europa League, and also in their last match, they almost drew a draw. Also, we expect a more open match, and our suggestion for betting is a home win or a draw, with at least two goals scored in the entire match.
Kick-off Time: Thursday, 30.11.2023, 6:45 AM Local Time (GMT 0), 18:45 CET
Prediction: Freiburg/draw & over 1.5
Odds (when tipped): 1.56