There is already a lot at stake for Olympiacos and Marseille. In a group with FC Porto and Manchester City, this direct duel on matchday one could already be decisive for how good the chances of advancing are.
Before the game Olympiacos vs. Marseille, the betting odds show that the Greeks are easily favored by the bookmakers. Home wins in front of frenetic fans in the Karaiskakis Stadium are almost a tradition for the Greeks, but this season you have to consider that the otherwise outstanding support from the stands is missing.
But this game will definitely be interesting. With the Italian Orsato, an experienced referee will lead this game. The game will kick off on Wednesday evening at 20:00 p.m.
The Greek series champion Olympiacos Piraeus has done it again and is in the group stage of the Champions League. This is the 20th time the team has achieved this. Again this season, Olympiacos Piraeus makes another attempt and tries to qualify for the knockout round.
Before the game Olympiacos vs. Marseille, the odds show that the hosts will go into this game as an easy favorite.
The start of the new season was solid for the hosts, the game against Giannina (1-1) was not won. That does not correspond to the self-image of Olympiacos Piraeus. Not everything is going according to plan yet, even in the playoff games for the Champions League against Omonia Nicosia they struggled to a 2-0 overall.
An opening win in the Champions League against Marseille would at least maintain the dream of the knockout round. Despite the numerous participations in this competition, there was always no qualification for the round of 16.
A good defense will be the key to success for Olympiacos. So far, the Greeks haven’t allowed much this season, five of six competitive games ended without conceding a goal. That’s a very good statistic. With players like Semedo, Vinagre, Cholevas and ex-Bayern professional Rafinha, the defense is also very well staffed individually. Because of these factors, before the game Olympiacos vs. Marseille our forecast that fewer than 2.5 goals will be scored.
This impression is reinforced by the fact that the Greeks have been quite easy to calculate offensive so far. The focus is on striker El Arabi, who has already scored five goals in the league alone. Apart from him, however, there is a lack of reliable goal scorers. It is also interesting that Olympiacos scored all ten goals in the league in the second half. So the Greeks are not early starters.
Marseille experienced a start to the season with light and shadow. A look at the Ligue 1 table shows that the southern French are currently sixth in the domestic league, but now the focus is on the premier class. After six years of abstinence, OM is finally back.
The guest from the south of France has been unbeaten for six games, but they are rarely really convincing. In the 1-0 win in Paris, the team from coach Villas-Boas showed a good performance. But it is also true that three of these six unbeaten games ended in a draw.
The bookmakers know that too, because before the Olympiacos vs. For Marseille, the odds do not suggest that the French have very good chances of winning.
There is room for improvement in Marseille, especially in the offensive area. L’OM only scored more than one goal twice this season, and in the three consecutive 1-1 draws against Lille, Metz and Lyon, this was precisely the problem. There were good attempts at play, but it was not possible to play with such force that the opponent could be confronted with major problems.
In order to win the away win, Marseille’s offensive has to work. It won’t be easy against an experienced opponent who has a good defense himself.
The lack of constancy in the attack of the French is also noticeable with the bookmakers and so before the game Olympiacos vs. Marseille our tip that fewer than 2.5 goals will be scored in a close game.