For Juventus, the assignment is clear in the final round in Group D of the Champions League. When they win at Olympiakos in the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, the Italians are guaranteed to be overwintered in the European champions ball, although a draw or even a defeat might also be enough. The Greeks will finish in last place, regardless of the result, but want to leave the Champions League with a lifted head.
Olympiakos Piraeus :
Olympiakos only had one point left for her five Champions League matches in Group D. So she already knows that her European adventure this season after Tuesday night is over. Nonetheless, the Greeks will do everything they can to turn Juventus into a heel and leave the most prestigious club tournament in Europe with a good feeling. Apart from the sporting honor, the profit premium is of course very rewarding.
Olympiakos is doing fine in any case lately. Under former Anderlecht coach Besnik Hasi, the club from Piraeus had a dramatic start to the season, but since he was replaced by Takis Lemonis, the red-witches have found their way up again. Thanks to six league victories in the last eight rounds, Olympiakos is back in the battle for the Greek league title. Currently, the team is in second place, just one point behind arch rival AEK Athens. Olympiakos also won self-confidence in the Champions League, as in the last home match, it managed to keep Lionel Messi’s big FC Barcelona on a goalless draw. From time to time, the Greeks can sometimes start surprisingly, although the home team has few reputable names. Besides the Belgians Silvio Proto, Björn Engels, Guillaume Gillet and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe Karim Ansarifard is someone to keep an eye on. The Iranian striker this season in barely nine league matches six times accurate.
In Group D of the Champions League FC Barcelona is already assured of group wins, but the battle for the second place is still completely open. Juventus has the best papers with eight points, but still feels the hot breath of Sporting CP (seven points) in the neck. In the event of a tie, Juventus continues on the basis of a better mutual result, so only if Juventus loses at Olympiakos and Sporting CP wins at FC Barcelona are the Italians convicted to play Europa League football. The chance of such a scenario is small, but it is not about the fat ladyings, as the English say.
In any case, Juventus can travel to Greece full of confidence. Last weekend the Bianconeri won 0-1 at Napoli. Former Neapolitan Gonzalo Higuain completed a sublime medley of Paulo Dybala cold-blooded. With that, the formation of coach Massimiliano Allegri is back in the battle for the Italian Scudetto. The Derby d’Italia will meet Inter leader Inter in the home of the Allianz Stadium this weekend, so the Italians will not want to throw their strength on Tuesday evening in Greece. The expectation is that Allegri star player Pipita Higuain will leave Olympiakos outside the base. I certainly do not exclude multiple rotations.
Insider TIP: Both teams to score / NO – 1.46