As usual, the Champions League matches held on Tuesday and Wednesday. In one of the first matches of the environment will meet the Turkish “Istanbul Basaksehir” and “Olympiacos” Piraeus of the Greek Vice — Champions in the previous season.
Depending on who wins at the end of both meetings in the 3rd qualifying round Champions League, will be held at the playoffs qualifying tournament, where they will meet Porto or FC Krasnodar, who play on Wednesday a little earlier.
The losing team, unlike teams in other pairs qualifying, will not go into the playoffs of the Europa League, and once in the group stage of LE. There will be a team that will lose in the next round of the UEFA Champions League.
- Istanbul Basaksehir
- Olympiacos FC
- The coefficients and forecast
Despite the fact that the Turkish team still have not managed to become a national champion, 2nd place in the standings of the super League last season, secured its participation in European competitions. Even if she fails the first time in history to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League, it falls into the group of the Europa League, where they were once.
After a disappointing end of the previous season — “Istanbul Basaksehir” finished 2nd due to a tie and defeat the future champion, Galatasaray, in the final couple of rounds, and behind first place by only 2 points — the team from the capital of Turkey met only friendlies.
The last contender “Basaksehir” became a Greek AEK, who finished the last campaign in 3rd place behind Olympiacos — him “Medipol” played a draw with the score 1:1. This was the 4th match in a row in which the Vice-champion of the Turkish League could not win, and 7th from 8 games when he scored, and missed.
Despite the fact that in their national championship by a Greek team also finished in 2nd place, she had to play the Champions League qualification 2nd round of the qualifying tournament, not just 3, penultimate.
Previous opponent, “Olympiakos” seemingly strong “Viktoria Plzen”, last year participated in the group stage of the Champions League, but after a 0-0 draw in the Czech Republic Vice-champion of the Greek super League defeated opponent with a score 4:0.
In any of Championships and tournaments before the qualification of “red-white”, however, also did not participate, and after the end of the season had a large number of friendly meetings, several rivals have also started to get into Europe.
Based on these friendlies, it turns out that Olympiakos has not lost any of their previous 19 matches in the last 3 games he manages not to miss, and since July he spent 7 matches and 5 scored first.
The coefficients and forecast
The favorite to win consider masters, but the odds on them is still not low:
2.2–2.5: victory “Istanbul Basaksehir”;
3.1–3.4: the victory of “Olympiacos Piraeus”.
But on reaching the play-offs for the favorites also
2.2–2.3: pass “Basaksehir”;
1.5–1.6: the passage of Olympiacos.
I think the team from Piraeus this time will not delay with goals before the second meeting, but that the match ends with a result in her favor, we are not sure.