It is another English evening in Piraeus when Olympiakos bid welcomes to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the first leg of the Europa League. Olympiakos have already played two English clubs this season with mixed results. They faced Tottenham in the group stages of the Champions League while knocking out Arsenal in the previous round.
Next up is Wolves in a match played behind closed doors which may well affect Olympiakos. They have a highly enthusiastic and very noisy crowd and their absence is not going to help them. The results for Olympiakos against their English opponents have so far been two defeats, a draw and an away win. Beating Arsenal away was a massive achievement after losing the home match against the Gunners.
They have only won two of their last five home games in the Europa League. They struggle to keep a clean sheet with only one in the last six at home. Both teams have scored in three of the last four home Europa League matches. Wolverhampton Wanderers continue their marathon Europa League campaign. This is their 15th match and they are now one of only two English teams left in the competition.
Wolves is a run in Europe
Of their 14 matches played in the Europa League this season, only two have been lost. They were beaten at home by Braga in the group stages before losing away at Espanyol’s in the second leg of their last 32. Having gone to Spain with a 4-0 cushion from the first leg loss in Barcelona meant sod all.
The defeat against Espanyol is their only one in the past seven matches. Away form in Europe is good with five wins, a draw and one loss. Again, Espanyol. They do tend to concede though with five from seven seeing both teams score. Olympiakos did not manage to beat Spurs or Arsenal at home in matches where they had the support of their roaring fans.
With the fans being excluded from this tie surely won’t help the Greeks. Wolves have had a long campaign in this competition, but they are favourites in our book. Take them to win, on the double chance or draw-no-bet. Whatever is your fancy.