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Fenerbahce vs. Olympiakos: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

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          Fenerbahçe vs. Olympiakos: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

          This Thursday, the UEFA Europa Conference League quarter-finals will witness an intriguing second leg in Istanbul, where Turkish giants Fenerbahçe look to overturn a 3-2 deficit from a dramatic first leg against Olympiakos. Both teams have their own unique narratives this season, setting the stage for a thrilling encounter that promises to be more than just a football match.

          Date: 18/04/2024

          Kick-off time: 20:00

          Location: Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium

          Fenerbahçe, one of Turkey's most storied clubs, find themselves in a tight race for the Süper Lig title, sitting just two points behind their arch-rivals Galatasaray. With 82 points and the domestic title clearly within their sights, there's a sense that every match now has the potential to define their season. However, the allure of winning their first major European title adds a fascinating layer to their ambitions.

          Their journey in European competitions has been marked by near-misses, most notably in 2013 when they reached the semi-finals of the Europa League, only to be halted by Benfica. This history of tantalisingly close efforts underscores a deep desire within the club and its fanbase to finally break through on the European stage.

          The first leg against Olympiakos showcased Fenerbahçe's resilience. Going down 3-0 in just 57 minutes, including goals from Kostas Fortounis, Stevan Jovetić, and Chiquinho, posed a severe test of character. The response, however, was formidable. Led by the veteran savvy of Dušan Tadić and the tenacity of İrfan Kahveci, Fenerbahçe clawed back two crucial goals, setting up a promising scenario for the return leg at home. This resilience is a testament to the managerial acumen of İsmail Kartal, whose tactical adjustments during the game helped Fenerbahçe salvage hope from a seemingly dire situation.

          Olympiakos enter the second leg with a slight edge thanks to their first-leg victory, but their inability to secure a more comfortable lead after being 3-0 up will be playing on their minds. The Greek club, currently fourth in their domestic league's championship round, are no strangers to European competition, though their successes have been limited primarily to domestic achievements.

          With 63 points in the league and only a four-point gap separating them from PAOK, Olympiakos remain contenders for the Greek title. However, their historical record in Europe, highlighted by a quarter-final appearance in the Champions League in 1999, shows a club that has often flirted with but never fully grasped continental glory. This campaign, therefore, represents a golden opportunity to etch a significant mark on their European history.

          José Luis Mendilibar, the man at the helm, is acutely aware of the importance of this match. Under his guidance, Olympiakos has shown both the capacity for exhilarating football and a vulnerability that Fenerbahçe will be keen to exploit. Managing game dynamics away from home, particularly after a first leg that saw them relinquish a substantial lead, will be critical.

          Fenerbahçe's comeback in the first leg was not just a show of spirit but also tactical nous. İsmail Kartal will likely employ an aggressive setup, pushing for early goals to unsettle the visitors. Players like Dušan Tadić, whose European experience is invaluable, striker Edin Džeko, who is a decorated goalscorer, and midfielder Rade Krunić will be crucial in this approach. Additionally, the home crowd, known for its passionate and intimidating atmosphere, will play its part in lifting the team.

          For Olympiakos, the key will be in managing the game's pace and utilizing their counterattacking strengths. Kostas Fortounis, who scored in the first leg, will be vital in exploiting spaces behind Fenerbahçe's aggressive press. Stevan Jovetić's experience in front of goal should also be definitive. José Luis Mendilibar might opt for a cautious strategy, emphasising solidity over flair, to protect their slender lead.

          As both teams step onto the pitch this Thursday, more than just a spot in the semi-finals is at stake. For Fenerbahçe, it’s about reaching a milestone that has eluded them for decades. For Olympiakos, it’s about capitalising on a rare opportunity to leave a mark on European football. This match promises not only tactical intrigue but also a narrative of redemption, ambition, and perhaps, a new chapter in the annals of both clubs.

          Both Teams To Score

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          Olympiakos To Win Either Half

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          Team News

          Fenerbahçe Team News:

          The home side are once again set to be without Luan Peres and former Bournemouth forward Josh King as the trio continue their recovery from injury.

          Michy Batshuayi was an unused substitute in the first leg thanks to fitness issues but could feature more heavily here, while ex-Manchester United midfielder Fred could come into the starting XI after only making a substitute appearance last week, again owing to subpar fitness.

          Olympiakos Team News:

          In what is a huge boost, the Greeks will welcome back former Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Daniel Podence after the Portuguese player missed the first leg through suspension. Podence could immediately return to the starting XI, such is his importance to the team.

          Defender Sotiris Alexandropoulos has been struggling with injury of late and was an unused substitute in the first leg, but otherwise Olympiakos have a clean bill of health and won't likely make many changes to the lineup that started the first leg.

          Form Guide

          Fenerbahçe's form is not brilliant at present with the Turks coming into this game having won two and lost three of their last five games. Fenerbahçe entered the loss in Greece last week off the back of a 3-0 defeat to Galatasaray that came in bizarre circumstances. Fenerbahçe were set to play their fierce rivals in the final of the Turkish Super Cup, but Fenerbahçe used the occasion to stage a radical protest in opposition to the Turkish FA refusing to postpone the game to aid them in their Europa Conference League quarter-final, while also refusing to appoint a foreign referee to manage the final, a specific request of Fenerbahçe. So, the Turkish giants decided to field their U19 team for the game, and after Mauro Icardi scored after just one minute, the Fenerbahçe players walked off the pitch and a default 3-0 win was awarded to Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe were issued a fine.

          Prior to that, Fenerbahçe registered successive wins against Adana Demirsport (4-2) and Trabzonspor (3-2) which followed a 1-0 defeat to Union Saint-Gilloise in this competition - a defeat that, in fairness, has little relevance considering it followed a 3-0 win in the first leg of that tie.

          Olympiakos, meanwhile, are entering this game in strong form having won four of their last five games. Prior to last week's win over Fenerbahçe, Olympiakos hammered Lamia 5-1 away from home with the goals coming from Stevan Jovetić, Ayoub El Kaabi, two own goals and a goal from Youssef El-Arabi.

          That victory followed a 3-0 win over Aris, with Ayoud El Kaabi, Daniel Podence and João Carvalho claiming the goals, a 1-0 loss to AEK Athens and a 6-1 win away at Maccabi Tel Aviv in this competition.

          Olympiakos have remained strong playing away from home too, with the Greek side having won four of their last five games on the road.

          Footy Accumulators Prediction

          Like many of the scheduled second leg ties in this competition, this one is very tough to call with both sides evenly matched and both clubs (both historically and this season) prone to inconsistency on the European stage. We should see a number of goals, that much feels likely, but the overriding feeling following the first leg was that the Greeks are the better side, even if Fenerbahçe have a bit more individual quality. Home advantage will be a huge factor and could swing the tie Fenerbahçe's way, but ultimately we're backing Olympiakos to hang on and reach the semi-finals. Fenerbahçe 2-2 Olympiakos.

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