Besiktas vs Olympiakos by Isaiah
Besiktas showed to be very strong and threatening side last week when the team visited Olympiakos in the first leg and took the 1:1 draw, leaving a very good impression of themselves. Greek side did took the lead in the first halftime, but it was somehow agains the flow of the game, while the Turkish side replied in second via Aboubakar in 53rd and remained a side with better movement of the ball on the field.
If any of the teams deserved to score the second that would probably be Besiktas, but the visiting side was probably anyway content with a draw since they are now awaiting the opponent on the own field and could progress even with a goalless game, while it's very hard to expect Olympiakos to score twice here. Besiktas comes from a 2:2 draw last weekend against Kayserispor, as the side remained first at the table but now with only two points more than second placed Basaksehir.
Forward Demba Ba remains long term absentee, while doubtful for this match is Caner Erkin (6/0) coming from injury and the match probably comes too soon for him. Midfielder Tolgay Arslan (22/0) is suspended for this match having picked up a yellow card in the first leg. Left back Dusko Tosic (17/0) and central defender Marcelo (23/3) are also injury worries.
Olympiakos tried to attack from the off and had some chances, even took the lead in 36th minute with a goal from Cambiasso, but somehow it was obvious that they couldn't win the battle in the midfield, as the Turkish side leveled up the result at the start of the second halftime and remained with much more of the ball possession later on.
It's hard to imagine Olympiakos being way more threatening in the second leg, as the side now needs to get a victory or a high scoring draw in order to progress and probably will try to employ some counter attack tactics. As for the domestic league, Olympiakos comes from a home 2:0 victory against Atromitos last weekend, as the side managed to break negative mini-run of three straight defeats and remained first at the table with six points more than second placed Panionios.
Goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino (12/0) is injured, same as defender Bruno Vianna (17/1) and both miss this one. Central defender Alberto Botia (16/2) and forward Seba (22/3) are both probably sidelined with injury problems too.
Besiktas already showed that they are probably a better side and surely in better form at the moment. Greek side will have to risk here as the time progresses and I really can't see past home victory in this one with still decent odds.