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Olympiacos vs Aston Villa Preview

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
8 May 2024, 20:07

The first leg at Villa Park saw Olympiacos secure a significant 4-2 victory, thanks to a stunning hat-trick from Ayoub El Kaabi, putting the Greek side in a strong position to reach the final. Aston Villa, however, will be determined to overturn the deficit and keep their final dreams alive. At the same time, Villa struggles to maintain its fight on two fronts, with a certain preference to secure the Champions League zone for the next season. Olympiacos, on the other hand, is 5 points away from the 1st place in the Greek championship, which allows them to get into the qualification for the Champions League, therefore, the team is putting all the effort into their Conference League run.

Olympiacos vs Aston Villa 

Olympiacos Preview

Olympiacos enters the match with confidence, having demonstrated their ability to perform on the European stage. The first-leg victory was unexpectedly solid, with a particular performance from Ayoub El Kaabi, who stunned the Villa defence. With a solid record in the Europa Conference League and the backing of their passionate home fans, Olympiacos will be looking to leverage their two-goal advantage and secure their place in the final. With the weekend match against AEK was rescheduled, Olympiacos again had plenty of time for preparing for the match, as it was amid the first leg.

Aston Villa Preview 

Aston Villa faces a challenging task as they head to Greece needing to overcome a two-goal deficit. The first-leg loss was a blow to Unai Emery's side, who had shown promise in their European campaign. The absence of star goalkeeper Emi Martínez in the first leg due to injury was felt, but there is optimism he could return for the crucial second leg, potentially bolstering Villa's defence. Additionally, Youri Tielemans and Nicolò Zaniolo could also make their comebacks, providing a much-needed boost to the team's creative and attacking options. The team is winless in three consecutive matches, with the weekend's defeat from Brighton (1-0) came as a real surprise for Emery and his confidence in the team. 

Betting Tips for Olympiacos vs. Aston Villa

Olympiacos Handicap +1

Olympiacos approaches the home match with a two goals advantage. Even when taking into account the class of Villa players, the latest results suggest that Unai Emery’s team is not in a good shape. A visit to Greece will not be an easy one given the fatigue of players and uncommon for England weather conditions. In these circumstances, Aston Villa will face enormous pressure and it is unlikely that Olympiacos will lose his advantage. Unibet gives 1.50 for this Olympiacos vs Aston Villa prediction.

Total Goals Under 3.5

Olympiacos faces a task to withstand and capitalise on the advantage gained in the first leg. Thus, there will be no need to rush the game, enjoying slow, defensive football, which is usually synonymous with all Greek teams. Even though Olympiacos departed from this brand in the first leg, there will be no shame in securing the solid advantage and not engaging in another shootout. Olympiacos vs Aston Villa odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.56.

First to Score - Olympiacos

Olympiacos is a favourite side after a confident win in the first leg and given the support of the home stands. With Aston Villa’s recent struggles, there is plenty of room for manoeuvre and the chances in front of Villa’s net. For this Olympiacos vs Aston Villa tip, Unibet gives 2.30.

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