Olympiakos vs Young Boys by Isaiah
Olympiakos made their chances a bit more slimmer to progress to the next stage with a 1:1 draw away to Astana last time out in Europa League, but the team will be satisfied that they kept having three points advantage in comparison to Young Boys and can seal the qualifying ticket with this game in case they get a victory over the Swiss team.
Astana took the lead in eight minute with a goal from Despotovic, but the Greek side relied well and leveled up the result in 30th minute with a goal from Seba. Greeks remained slightly better till the end of the game and maybe deserved the victory, but won't be too disappointed with a draw either after a difficult journey. As for the domestic league, Olympiakos comes from a convincing 3:0 victory at home over Panathinaikos in a big derby game which was played on 6th November, meaning that the team had an extra week of free time to prepare for this match.
They are alone at the top of Greek table and already look like sure favorite to lift the title, being seven points above Panathinaikos already. Defender Alberto De La Bella (3/0) is doubtful with a foot injury, while offensive midfielder Marko Marin (2/0) won't be playing due muscle injury.
Young Boys, on the other side, comes from a very interesting game played last weekend, as they managed to get a narrow 4:3 victory at home over Sion. It was a very open minded and attacking game from both sides, as the home team showed great fighting spirit coming twice from behind in the scoreline.
They took the lead first in ninth minute with a goal from Sulejmani, but Konate quickly reverted to 2:1 lead for Sion in the first halftime, while Hoarau leveled up the result just after the start of the second halftime. Akoko brought the visitors back into the lead in just another minute, but the hosts managed to revert the scoreline completely with goals from Schick and Hoarau from the penalty spot. After this victory, Young Boys got back to the second position now, actually sharing that position together with Sion, being already fifteen points below leaders from Basel.
Defender Kevin Mbabu (4/0) is suspended now, while injured remain defender Gregory Wuthrich (3/0) and midfielder Taulant Sulejmanov (1/0).
Young Boys is far from impressive side away from home, having no victory in last six official matches on the road. Moreover, they have scored only in previous match on the road out of these six games. Olympiakos should be able to record a victory here easy or hard and confirm their qualification for the knockout phase.