AC Milan – Olympiakos Piraeus SOCCER PICKS
Milan and Olympiakos Piraeus meet at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met, on 25-07-2014, in a match that ended with the final score: Olympiakos Piraeus (3-0) Milan. Attention to the home factor, since Milan usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
The home team comes to this 2nd round of Group F after a victory in its debut in this group stage, against F91 Dudelange, by (0-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 17 goals scored and 23 conceded; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 23 goals scored and 12 suffered. In the last match they played, for Serie A, they beat Sassuolo by (1-4). In the last 10 home matches Milan has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 12 of the last 27 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 18 out of 27 have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 6 games in which they suffered the first goal.
Milan enter this day motivated, after a triumph outsider, by 1-4, in the visit to the land of Sassuolo: Kessié, Suso and Samu Castillejo marked the goals of the victory. The home club usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, favoring a more offensive style of play, attacking through the side runners. Milan are a team that likes to play in their own midfield, with the aim of trying to surprise their opponent through the counterattack. When it invests in the offensive process, it usually does so through the right flank, in order to take advantage of the depth offered by the Abate side. For this game the local coach will not be able to count on Montolivo, Conti, Strinic and Caldara, for being injured.
The visiting team plays their second match in Group F, after having drawn (0-0) in their first match in this group stage, against Real Betis. This is a team that shows similar results at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, as in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the Super League, they lost with PAOK at home (0-1). In the last 10 away matches Olympiakos Piraeus has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 24 of the last 28 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 9 of its last 11 games, of these 9 came to rest in advantage in 4 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 8. In the last 6 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period in highlight: he suffered 4 of his 6 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Olympiakos enters this unmotivated performance, after a home defeat, by 0-1, in the recession to PAOK. Like the rival of this match, the visiting club usually acts on a tactical drawing in 4-3-3, using three quality players in the line of attack: Podence, Ahmed Hassan and Christodoulopoulos. It is guessed that in the midfield they play for Camara, Fortounis and Bouchalakis. The foreign trainer must have all the players at his disposal for this duel.