Match Time: 8/14/2019 02:30 Wednesday (GMT+8)
Olympiacos: Has one leg in the play-offs ( Recent Form: D W D W W )
Olympiacos is already one leg in the play-offs of the Champions League. The Greeks managed to stunt last week by beating Turkish vice champion Istanbul Basaksehir in the lion's den with 0-1. Giorgios Masouras crowned himself from former Fenerbahce midfielder Mathieu Valbuena to matchwinner, after which Istanbul Basaksehir killed a penalty in injury time. A draw in the own Stadio Karaiskaki on Tuesday evening is therefore enough for a place in the play-offs. Greek self-confidence is therefore high. "This team has a lot of potential," said Spanish attacker Guerrero. The Greek Super League will only start in a week and a half, so Pedro Martins has had the whole week to prepare his players for the return. Judging from the training, the same eleven players will kick off on Tuesday evening as in the first game. Star player Kostas Fortounis is still recovering from a serious injury, and is unlikely to take action again this calendar year.
Istanbul Basaksehir: Needs a win ( Recent Form: L L D D L )
Istanbul Basaksehir, with two vice-championships in the last three seasons, has now firmly established itself in the Turkish top, but will most likely have to put its Champions League aspirations back in the fridge. Only with a victory on Greek soil can the employer of Eljero Elia, Robinho and Arda Turan, among others, continue to hope for participation in the European champion ball. Of course the Turks were disappointed by last week's defeat, but according to assistant coach Irfan Saraloglu, Istanbul Basaksehir can still fight back: 'I think we were the parent. We also had several good chances, but the Olympiacos goalkeeper played a strong match. " Star player Turan had to let go of the first leg due to an injury, but the FC Barcelona mercenary seems to be getting the return. Captain Mahmut Tekdemir, however, was injured last week and will probably have to let go of the return.
THE BETTING VERDICT:
After all, the return leg of Olympiakos vs Istanbul Baseksehir is likely to be tight and with few goals, especially when the host Olympiakos has a remarkable defensive record through keeping the net clean at all four appearances.
Olympiakos Piraeus - Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi
O/U Pick: Under 2.25 goals