The Champions League is finally here, and Greek side Olympiacos Piraeus will start with a tough match. They will play host to Premier League side Tottenham on Wednesday, looking to continue their good performances this season. Tottenham did a great run last season and this season they have been reinforced.
Date/Time: 9-18-2019, 12:55 EST
Spread: Olympiacos Piraeus +0.5
Total: 2.5 Goals
Olympiacos Piraeus are coming back to the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2017/18. They did a great job in the Champions League Qualifiers, winning five and losing just one (5-0-1). They scored a whopping 13 goals and conceded just once in the process. Olympiacos Piraeus have also done a great job in their not-so-competitive domestic league. They won all three matches so far, also keeping three clean sheets. They have lost just twice in their last 28 league matches, winning each of the last 13 and keeping eight clean sheets in that span. Olympiacos Piraeus have won five of their last six home matches against English opposition. Their most recent success was a 1-3 home win over Burnley in last season’s Europa League play-offs.
Tottenham did a tremendous run in the competition last season, reaching the final. They were bested by Liverpool, but it was a great run for a team that didn’t make a single move in the transfer market. Tottenham have played Champions League soccer in each of the last four seasons. They are coming in hot after destroying Crystal Palace by 0-4. That was the fourth time in five matches this season that their match had at least four goals in total. However, there are concerns about their away performances, winning just two of their last 13 such matches in all competitions. Tottenham’s record in last year’s competition was a solid 6-5-2, but lost three of their last four. Moreover, they have won just one of their last 21 European away matches (1-8-7). And they have been mediocre on Greek soil over the years (1-1-2).
Olympiacos Piraeus have been great so far in the season, conceding just one goal in nine matches. But they haven’t face an opposition as strong as Tottenham. I would be really surprised if Tottenham failed to score here. So I am going with the Over 2.5 Goals, as Olympiacos Piraeus should look for goals in order to have a fighting chance.
Champions League Olympiacos Piraeus vs Tottenham Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals (-107)
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