Foot Predictions shows Thursday’s Europa League clash between Olympiacos and PSV Eindhoven, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Olympiacos host PSV Eindhoven at the Europa League it lasted 32 on Thursday night, after having fought in the Champions League before Christmas.
Meanwhile, PSV advanced to this stage of the competition courtesy of leading a group that included Granada and also PAOK.
PSV suffered a first indifferent campaign under Roger Schmidt, the club is already six points behind Ajax, after playing one more game than the leader of the Eredivisie.
However, the Dutch team overcame a slow start in this competition and secured their place in the round of 32, winning the last three games and removing Granada from the first position.
PSV warmed up for the trip to Greece with a surprising 2-2 draw at ADO Den Haag, after granting the last-minute draw to an opponent threatened with relegation.
On a positive note, Donyell Malen recorded his second double in three matches, raising his trademark of the season to 19 goals in all competitions.
Olympiacos would have imagined the possibilities of still being in the Champions League at this stage of the season, by defeating Marseille on Matchday 1.
However, five successive defeats followed Pedro Martinsof the team, their place in the Europa League was only secured when Marseille lost to Manchester City in their last game.
Martins will be the first to recognize that the club is fortunate to continue competing on the continent, in addition to having a draw that can be won.
Even so, Olympiakos, the leader of the Greek league, had lost 15 games in all competitions before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat at Panathinaikos on Sunday.
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Schmidt is expected to make a series of changes to his starting PSV team, including handing over recalls to Denzel Dumfries and Mohammed Ihattaren.
Jordan Teze could be restored to the middle of the bottom line, potentially as a replacement for Timo Baumgartl.
Martins could bring Ousseynou Ba back to Olympiacos XI as an alternative to the recent arrival Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Veteran striker Youssef El-Arabi he also hopes to return to the team after only being called up as a reserve against Panathinaikos, probably leaving Koka to take a seat on the bench.
Giorgos Masouras is another creative player in the race to come back to the side.
Possible starting line-up for Olympiacos:
Sa; Androutsos; Semedo, Ba, Reabciuk; Silva, Camara, Bouchalakis; Vrousai, El-Arabi, Masouras
Possible initial line-up for PSV Eindhoven:
Mvogo; Dumfries, Teze, Boscagli, Max; Sangare, Rosario; Thomas, Ihattaren; Zahavi, Malen
Probability: Olympiacos 1-2 PSV Eindhoven
After their terrible European form during the first half of the campaign, Olympiacos are motivated to go deep in the competition. However, PSV can have a lot of quality in attack, putting them in a position to score important goals away before the second leg.
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