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I’m looking for a 3-0 defeat in the first leg Europe League Playoff round, Slovan Bratislava welcome Olympiacos to the Tehelne Pole for the second half of the season on Thursday evening.
The Slovak club are unbeaten in each of their last seven home games in all competitions, while the Greek guests have not lost any of their last eight competitive games away.
Prediction for this match
Slovan Bratislava experienced a difficult first leg against Olympiacos, which they won last Thursday.
In the final third, the Slovaks were not dangerous with just one shot on goal, in contrast to the 19 shots on goal of the Greeks, who also dominated with 63% possession.
Vladimir Weiss is aware of the demanding task that his team has to master in the second leg.
The men of Weiss could use their league form to take on the European stage after winning all four of their previous games in the Slovak Super League this season with an aggregate win of 10-2.
Success for Bratislava on Thursday is unlikely and an overall loss would result in their being relegated to the first Europa Conference League.
Olympiacos have one leg in the group stage of the Europa League after an impressive 3-0 win in the first leg.
Mohamed CamaraThe start of the first half was followed by a goal in the 52nd minute Pape Abou Cisse and a Bratislavas own goal Vasil Bozhikov 13 minutes later.
Although the Thrylos were strong favorites to take the lead, Pedro Martins will be happy that his team was able to win so comfortably and should now have a lot of confidence in his team, which will advance to the group stage on Friday.
Olympiacos have never lost in the Europa League qualifying rounds and with three goals ahead of Thursday’s game there should be no problem quitting the job away from home.
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Slovan Bratislava left-back Lucas Lovat and attacking midfielder David Holman both with corresponding foot and knee injuries are excluded.
Alexander Cavric was handed into the starting line-up in the first leg, although he runs the risk of losing his place Ezekiel Henty, which has been online three times so far this season.
Former Sheffield Wednesday winger André Green will keep its place on the left flank, with Dejan Drazic – who scored in the league last weekend – is expected to play on the opposite wing.
As for Olympiacos, Tiquinho (Poor), Kostas Fortounis (Knee) and cisse (ligaments) are excluded with injuries.
The latter is to be replaced by the defender Ousseynou Bawho is back after being suspended for a game.
Veteran midfielder Mathieu Valbuena is expected to play the role of number 10 again with either Henry Onyekuru or Youssef El Arabi start as a lone fighter.
Slovan Bratislava possible starting line-up:
Chovan; Pauschek, Abena, Kashia, Bozhikov; Kankava, De Kamps; Ratao, Weiss, Zmrhal; Henty
Olympiacos possible starting line-up:
Vaclik; Lala, Sokratis, Ba, Reabciuk; M’Vila, Camara; Bouchalakis, Valbuena, Masouras; El Arabi
Probability: Slovan Bratislava 1-3 Olympiacos (Olympiacos wins 6-1 in the overall standings)
Slovan has a mountain to climb if he wants to level a three-goal deficit and so Weiss will be offensive on Thursday.
That could however favor Olympiacos, which are likely to pose another threat in the final third, with another comfortable win for the visitors.
Best betting tip for this match
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