Olympiacos vs. Apollon Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 25, 2022 21:00 CET
Olympiacos cannot afford to fail in this match against Apollon, otherwise they will experience huge financial losses.
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Olympiacos started 2022/2023 season with extremely high ambitions, but everything fell apart like a house of cards. They kept all important players and additionally strengthened the squad with the goal of qualifying for the Champions League group stage. Unfortunately for them, that didn’t happen. Already in second qualifying round, they were eliminated by Maccabi Haifa after a 4:0 defeat in front of their fans.
Due to the terrible result, head coach Pedro Martins was fired and Carlos Corberan was hired instead. Under his leadership, Olympiacos beat Slovan Bratislava in third round of the Europa League qualfiying only after a penalty shootout. In the first leg of the playoffs, they drew 1:1 against Apollon and now they must triumph. If they don’t do that, all kinds of earthquakes are possible inside the club.
Corberan changed a few things compared to his predecessor and he also had a match against PAS Giannina in the Greek Super League. He used this to additionally try out some tactical ideas before the extremely important game on Thursday evening. Playing the Europa League group stage would be at least some consolation for all Olympiacos fans.
Apollon went through an identical scenario as Olympiacos in the Champions League. In third qualifying round, they were eliminated by Maccabi Haifa and result in the first leg was 4:0 for the Israeli champion. After unsuccessful tie, Apollon acted identically like Olympiacos and fired head coach Alexander Zorniger.
Spaniard David Catala was signed to replace Zorniger. He is very familiar with Cypriot football since he worked in AEK Larnaca last season with great success. Against Olympiacos last week, he prepared team very well tactically and Apollon could even win. It will certainly be much more difficult this Thursday in Piraeus, but there is no doubt that Apollon will have a plan ready.
Considering the fact that Apollon didn’t have good results in Europe in last three seasons, just participating in the Conference League group stage is a good achievement. However, they will do everything in their power to spring a surprise and beat Olympiacos.
Olympiacos and Apollon played the only official match against each other last week when it was 1:1 in Cyprus.
Aboubakar Kamara, Sime Vrsaljko, Garry Rodrigues and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are injured and won’t play for Olympiacos in this match. Also, some players like Mady Camara, Doron Leidner and Kenny Lala are not registered for this stage of competition. Bagaliy Dabo and Ilian Iliev won’t play due to injury for Apollon.
Olympiacos vs. Apollon Prediction
Regardless of all the problems, Olympiacos must not allow themselves to fail in this match. Playing in the Conference League would be below any standard at the moment, and the club would also experience major financial losses. That is why we should expect a real Olympiacos that will triumph by at least two goals.
Date and Time: 25.08.2022 21:00 CET
Pick: Olympiacos -1 (AH)