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Olympiakos vs. Fenerbahce: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

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      • (32') S. Jovetić
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          Olympiakos vs. Fenerbahce: Preview & Prediction

          In the intricate tapestry of European football, where history and ambition intertwine, the upcoming Europa Conference League match between Olympiakos and Fenerbahçe emerges as a focal point of intrigue and potential legacy. Set against the backdrop of this Thursday's competition, both teams find themselves at a crossroads, each with their own narratives of resilience, ambition, and an unquenched thirst for European success.

          Date: 11/06/2024

          Kick-off time: 17:45

          Location: Karaiskakis Stadium

          Olympiakos, the pride of Piraeus, currently find themselves in a position of contemplation and determination in the Greek Super League. Sitting 4th, six points shy of PAOK at the zenith, their aspirations for domestic glory are challenged, yet not extinguished. This mathematical and moral predicament renders the Europa Conference League not just an alternative, but arguably their season's pinnacle pursuit.

          Historically, Olympiakos have been synonymous with Greek football dominance, yet their European ventures have often been stories of what could have been. Their finest hour came in 1999 with a Champions League quarter-final appearance, a beacon of their potential on the continental stage. However, the narrative since has been one of consistent participation without landmark achievements. This year, there lies a palpable sense of opportunity to amend that narrative.

          The team boasts formidable talents such as Konstantinos Fortounis and Daniel Podence, whose skills and leadership are pivotal. Under the guidance of José Luis Mendilibar, a tactician of notable repute, Olympiakos have shown resilience and flair. Their remarkable comeback in the previous round against Maccabi Tel Aviv, overturning a 1-4 deficit with a 6-1 victory in the second leg, exemplifies their fighting spirit and tactical prowess.

          On the opposite end, Fenerbahçe's season in the Turkish Süper Lig tells a tale of fierce competition and ambition. Placed 2nd, merely two points adrift of Galatasaray with 31 games down the line, their title chase is alive and pulsating. The Europa Conference League presents an additional front, a stage where they aim to etch their name into the annals of European football history.

          Fenerbahçe's European endeavours, much like their counterparts, have been marked by regular appearances but limited by a ceiling they've yet to shatter. Their journey to the Europa League semi-finals in 2013 remains their most illustrious achievement, a memory that fuels their current squad's ambition.

          The team's composition is a blend of experience and youth, featuring the likes of Edin Džeko and Dušan Tadić, whose veteran insight is invaluable. Alongside them, talents such as Sebastian Szymański and Ferdi Kadıoğlu bring dynamism and potential. Managed by İsmail Kartal, a figure well-versed in the club's ethos and aspirations, Fenerbahçe approache every match with a tactical acumen and a collective resolve.

          These two teams are not strangers to each other, having clashed in the Europa League group stage during the 2021-22 season. Olympiakos emerged victorious in both encounters, with scores of 3-0 and 1-0, setting a precedent that adds layers of anticipation and rivalry to the upcoming match.

          The upcoming Europa Conference League game is more than a mere fixture; for Olympiakos, it's an opportunity to prioritise and possibly triumph in a season where domestic success seems a steep climb. For Fenerbahçe, it's a parallel pursuit of glory, a chance to complement their domestic campaign with international acclaim.

          The strategies and mindsets heading into the match are as much a part of the intrigue as the 90 minutes on the pitch. Mendilibar's Olympiakos, with their blend of tactical discipline and offensive flair, against Kartal's Fenerbahçe, where strategic depth and the balance between experience and youth reign supreme, sets the stage for a tactical chess match.

          For Olympiakos and Fenerbahçe, this match is a step towards redefining their continental legacies, a battle not just for victory, but for progression in a tournament that could define their seasons.

          Team News

          Olympiakos Team News:

          José Luis Mendilibar tends to favour a 4-2-2-2 formation which should see Konstantinos Tzolakis start in goal behind a back four of Rodinei, Panagiotis Retsos, David Carmo and Omar Richards.

          Santiago Hezze and Chiquinho should form the base of the midfield with Kostas Fortounis and Daniel Podence slightly ahead of those two, with Stevan Jovetić and Ayoub El Kaabi leading the line.

          Fenerbahçe Team News:

          The Turkish side usually line up in a 4-2-3-1 with goalkeeper Dominik Livaković protected by a back four of Bright Osayi-Samuel, Serdar Aziz, Alexander Djiku and Ferdi Kadıoğlu.

          İsmail Yüksek should anchor the midfield alongside Fred, with İrfan Kahveci, Sebastian Szymański and Dušan Tadić all playing behind Edin Džeko up top.

          Form Guide

          Olympiakos are in pretty poor form as they enter this game with two wins and three losses in their last five games. Most recently, Olympiakos claimed a comfortable 3-0 win over Aris thanks to goals from Ayoub El Kaabi, Daniel Podence and João Carvalho.

          Prior to that, Olympiakos were beaten 1-0 by AEK Athens, a result that followed the 6-1 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, which was preceded by losses against Panathinaikos (1-3) and Maccabi Tel Aviv (1-4).

          On home soil, Olympiakos have won six of their last eight games.

          Fenerbahçe's form is comparatively very good, with the Turkish side having won four of their last five games. Their latest outing was a 4-2 win over Adana Demirspor which came via goals from Alexander Djiku, Edin Džeko, Dušan Tadić and Serdar Dursun.

          That win followed a 3-2 win away at Trabzonspor, courtesy of a brace from Fred and a winner from Michy Batshuayi, which followed a 0-1 loss at the hands of Union Saint-Gilloise, a 4-1 win over Pendikspor and a 3-0 win against Union Saint-Gilloise.

          Away from home, Fenerbahçe have also won four of their last five games.

          Footy Accumulators Prediction

          You never really know what you're going to get with these two sides in Europe. Süper Lig sides have a habit of underperforming in Europe and while Fenerbahçe are the favourites for the tie, progression feels far from certain. Both sides seem to have been involved in a number of high-scoring encounters of late and regardless of the eventual winner, we expect both games to be close. This one in particular, in fact, so a high-scoring draw feels like the best value prediction. Olympiakos 3-3 Fenerbahçe.

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          This game will be aired live to all subscribed U.K. viewers on TNT Sports 5.