Olympiacos Piraeus hosts Atalanta in the second leg of the Europa League 1/16 finals. The match will be played on Thursday, February 24th at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium (Piraeus)
Olympiacos players proved themselves well in the last match of the Europa League. They took the lead in the 16th minute and could even win. But everything was spoiled by a brace by Djimsiti, who scored in the 61st and 63rd minutes. As a result, the men of Pedro Martins lost with a score of 2-1. Will the Red-Whites be able to take revenge on Atalanta at home? It won’t be easy to do this, but let’s not forget that Olympiacos always looks strong at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium. In the previous 18 home games, the team gained nine victories and five draws and suffered only four defeats. It is noteworthy that 11 of those 18 matches ended with an exchange of goals scored.
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In the first game with Olympiacos, Atalanta did not show itself as a team that played in the quarterfinals of the Champions League a couple of years ago. Yes, Gasperini’s men won 2-1, but it was noticeable that they acted without much motivation. Actually, I fully admit that they are simply not interested in such a tournament as the Europa League. Including the group stage of the Champions League, Atalanta has already played seven matches in European competitions this season. And the team scored at least once in each of them. Six games ended with an exchange of goals scored. In addition, the same six games pleased the fans with Over 2.5 goals scored.
Six of the eight previous home games of Olympiacos in the Europa League ended with Under 3.5 goals scored. And you probably know that Olympiacos at home and Olympiacos away are completely different teams. I think that Atalanta will feel it in the upcoming match. Gasperini’s men have a high line of defense, and the hosts will probably be able to take advantage of this. I think that Olympiacos will score one or even two goals. What about the visitors? They always profess offensive football, so I also expect accurate shots from them. There is a high probability that the confrontation will turn out to be no less productive than a week ago.