Burnley vs Olympiakos Betting Preview – 30/08/2018

Burnley vs Olympiakos Betting Preview – 30/08/2018

Burnley vs Olympiakos

This Thursday evening we will see Burnley and Olympiakos battle it out once again in the second leg of their Europa League play-off round tie. Sean Dyche finds his side trailing by two goals after the first match ended 3-1 in favour to the Greek’s in what proved to be a poor performance from his side. However, Burnley will get to play in front of their home fans at Turf Moor in this leg which may provide them with the boost they need to come back from this two-goal deficit.

The hosts will want to hit the ground running tonight as they will try to come back from the 3-1 defeat they suffered away from home at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece. Sean Dyche’s side were simply outplayed in the first leg and failed to get a real grip of the game. The Clarets fell behind after just 19 minutes but equalised through Chris Wood, who won and then tucked away a penalty. Olympiacos would have the lead back shortly after half-time which was quickly followed by Ben Gibson receiving a second yellow card for a handball. It resulted in a penalty to the home side which was converted, as 10-man Burnley were forced to cling on for their lives.

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By the end of the game, Burnley had only totted up three shots and scored with the one that was on target, that being the penalty from Wood. They also struggled in terms of possession, ending the game with just 32% and had under half the completed passes of their opponents. Dyche will need these statistics to improve in the next leg if they stand any chance of securing a spot in the Europa League group stages or he could be facing an early exit.

The Clarets’ last game saw them face Fulham in the Premier League. The Whites looked the better side from the start and took the lead through a thunderous strike from Jean Michael Seri inside three minutes, but Jeff Hendrick got his first goal of the season after equalising for the visitors in the 10th minute. However, two goals in quick succession from Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic saw his side take back the lead in the first half. James Tarkowski managed to get on the scoresheet for the second time this season but his goal proved to be just a consolation as a late strike from Andre Schurrle put the game to bed. Burnley have now gone eight top-flight games without a win in a run which stretches back to last season. What’s more is they are a side still yet to win a game in 90 minutes in all competitions this term and they will have to win here or face missing out on the group stages.

Olympiakos will travel to Turf Moor in high spirits after putting in a strong performance in the first leg. Pedro Martins will expect his side to see off Burnley in the second leg and gain a spot in the group stages of the Europa League. Kostas Fortounis was Olympiakos’ key player in the first leg, putting his side in the lead after scoring a finely struck free-kick just 19 minutes in. The midfielder then got an assist when he whipped in a free kick onto Bouchalakis’ head before finishing off his man of the match performance with a final goal from the penalty spot. After such a strong showing that has left them on the verge of the group stages, Martins would be extremely disappointed if he would see his side lose their 3-1 lead on aggregate on Thursday.

The Greek SuperLeague kicked off last weekend and Olympiakos got their season off to a good start after beating Levadiakos 1-0, thanks to a goal from Lazaros Christodoulopoulos in the second half to see his side win their first game. Martins will be happy with his team’s performance, as they are now unbeaten in their last four games and will take this run of good form to their next match against Burnley when looking to extend their unbeaten run.

Martins will look to midfielder Fortounis once again to provide his side with the creativity needed in this next match-up and hopefully put in an equally strong performance. Fortounis last season proved to be a prolific goal scorer for a midfielder, grabbing himself a total of 11 goals in all competitions and Olympiakos will need another strong season from him if they want to challenge for the Superleague title and progress through the Europa League.

Recommended bets:

Burnley win at 31/20 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Konstantinos Fortounis to score in 90 minutes at 5/2 with SkyBet – BET HERE