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Aston Villa vs Olympiacos Preview

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
30 April 2024, 14:56

The semifinal match between Aston Villa and Olympiacos will be the first match between the two and for some, this pair will bring out the future champion of the tournament. Both teams dramatically survived the previous play off round and got to the semifinals after a penalty shootout. For Aston Villa, it was an alarming bell, given that the team managed to score a decisive goal only at 87th minute. Olympiacos, on the other hand, survived the storm of attacks from Fenerbahce and hopes to maintain its run at Villa Park as well. However, the team will have to face serious opposition from one of the most interesting Premier League teams this season.

Aston Villa vs Olympiacos Preview 

Aston Villa Preview

Aston Villa enjoys its best season under the leadership of Unai Emery. Currently placed 4th in the Premier League, the team makes a serious bid to bring Champions League nights to Villa Park for the first time since 1983. Winning the Conference League amid the next season will become a nice addition to the scarce trophy cabinet of the team and will surely please the fans. Despite a draw with turbulent Chelsea during the weekend (2-2), Emery was quite happy with the team’s display and emphasised that is eager to see a similar performance in the match with Olympiacos. 

Olympiacos Preview 

Despite a turbulent season, which saw two departures of head coaches, Jose Luis Mendilibar, after coming in February seems to find a balance for the decisive part of the season. His experience in the Europa League seems invaluable for the team, as the Spaniard won the previous draw with Sevilla. Despite that there is still no decision on whether the coach will receive a long-term contract, the latest Olympiacos results speak for themselves - 7 games without a loss (6 wins and 1 draw). Visits to England are generally considered not an easy trip for a Greek side, with the latest match in London being lost to West Ham (1-0). However, the team knows its strengths and most importantly, it knows how to wait for the right moment, whether it will be in this match or in Greece.

Betting Tips for Aston Villa vs Olympiacos

Aston Villa to Win

Despite the impressive run and sometimes brave tactical decisions of Olympiacos and Jose Luis Mendilibar in particular, it is still evident that he still needs time to implement his ideas. Olympiacos is not consistent which was evident in the first match against Fenerbahce. Aston Villa, on the other hand, seems more cohesive at the moment, and despite that the main priority for Unai Emery is securing the Champions League spot in the Premier League, he is eager to lift a trophy with his team. Unibet gives 1.50 for this Aston Villa vs Olympiacos prediction. 

Total Goals Under 2.5

Despite that the relative results of the teams indicate that both are prone to productive football, this will likely not be the case in the upcoming match. Jose Luis Mendilibar stressed out that he does not want to repeat the first match against Fenerbahce (3-2) in any case, while Unai Emery stressed out the importance of Villa’s defence in the upcoming matches. It is highly likely that during these two semifinal matches, tactical versatility will come at the forefront instead of individual players’ qualities. Aston Villa vs Olympiacos odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 2.15.

Ollie Watkins To Score at Any Time 

Ollie Watkins is undoubtedly the best Villa player this season, with 4 goals in the Conference League and 19 goals in the Premier League. Despite that he was not on the scoresheet in the match against Chelsea, he had several chances and is eager to convert them into goals in the upcoming match. For this Aston Villa vs Olympiacos tip, Unibet gives 1.90.

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