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Bitesize Prediction: Olympiacos vs Genk – 10/08/23

Competition: Europa League qualifying

Market: Olympiacos win

Odds: 11/10 @ 1xBet

Looking to pick up a first-leg advantage when they open their Europa League qualifying adventure on Thursday night, Olympiacos will welcome Genk to the Karaiskakis Stadium.

Starting with the hosts, signing off their pre-season preparations with a disappointing 2-0 friendly defeat against Championship outfit Norwich, Olympiacos will certainly be seeking an immediate response here. Tipped as a standout contender to extend on their Europa League qualifying adventure his month, Diego Martinez’s men will certainly be excited to make a return to the Karaiskakis Stadium here. Despite being forced to settle for a bronze medal finish among Greece’s elite earlier in the year, the Reds have gained a reputation for their continued success in front of their own supporters. Along with signing off the 2022/23 campaign with a 1-0 win against Panathinaikos back on May 8th, it should be highlighted that Olympiacos have lost just a trio of their previous 17 home fixtures across all formats – a run that stems back to February 9th. Despite their summer blip away at Norwich last week, Martinez’s side will be smelling the chance to claim a crucial first-leg advantage on Thursday night.

As for the visitors, suffering Champions League qualifying heartbreak at the hands of Swiss outfit Servette last week, Genk are in the midst of a recent wobble. Coming under a huge amount of scrutiny earlier in the month, Woulter Vrancken’s men also failed to pick up any kind of momentum a few days ago. Putting in a worrying performance on home soil as they slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Eupen while on domestic duties, the Blues have also gained a reputation for their continued struggles on the road. In fact, Genk have remarkably mustered just a single win from any of their previous eight straight competitive showdowns away from the Cageka Arena – a run that stems all the way back to February 5th. Already suffering back-to-back defeats since opening the 2023/24 campaign, Vrancken’s side will be more than aware that they face a stern examination when they travel out to Greece on Thursday night.

Bet: Olympiacos 11/10 to beat Genk in Thursday’s Europa League qualifying showdown @ 1xBet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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