Hoping to secure the first-leg advantage after dropping out of the UCL, Olympiacos will host Slovan Bratislava Thursday in their Europa League qualifier. Our sportsbook offers a great range of betting markets and props for the UEL qualifiers.
Olympiacos vs Slovan Bratislava
Olympiacos lost to Maccabi Haifa in the second qualifying round of the Champions League, while Bratislava were knocked out at the same juncture of this competition by Ferencvaros. Olympiacos now find themselves in the midst of a hugely-worrying run of poor form. A dreadful 4-0 defeat at home against Maccabi Haifa, now the Greek giants get a new opportunity to earn a European group spot Thursday.
Olympiacos did compete in the group portion of the 2020/21 Champions League campaign, but eliminated by Ludogorets in the third qualifying round last season. That ultimately saw them enter the Europa League. They haven’t begun their domestic league. so they’ll be able to fully focus on this two-legged affair. Carlos Corberan is their their new head coach, as of Monday. He won’t have had much time to prepare for the first leg of this contest. If you’re betting online, then avoid betting on a straight home win for the time being.
The Sky Blues overcame Dinamo Batumi to reach the second round, but were unable to progress any further, having lost, 5-3, on aggregate to Ferencvaros. This despite recording a 2-1 victory in the first leg of their contest away from home. The Slovakian outfit head into the game on a run of three wins in their last four games in all of the competitions and will look to earn a vital first-leg victory. We don’t necessarily expect them to return home with a win, but we believe they should have cover the Thursday spread.
This will be the fifth-ever meeting between the two sides. Olympiacos have been utterly dominant in their previous four, 3-1-0. They might win again, but it should be a narrow victory.
Pick: Slovan Bratislava +1½ (-135)
Linfield vs Zurich
Both dropped out of the Champions League qualifiers after suffering defeats on aggregate, to Bodo/Glimt and Qarabag respectively, last outings. Zurich enter this clash priced at -190 on the three-way moneyline, according to the latest soccer odds The goal-line is set at 2½. Linfield’s been pretty consistent of late, obviously not including the away leg against Bodo/Glimt., having surrendered eight goals in a very poor display. Linfield haven’t begun the defense of their NIFL Premiership title, but they did take both of their competitive home fixtures in the Champions League qualifiers last month. The did keep a clean sheet on both occasions. However, Zurich are their toughest opponent so far in the competition.
Zurich lost in Champions League Qualifying at the end of last month, having suffered a 5-4 aggregate loss against Azerbaijani outfit Qarabag. Zurich, who won their 13th Swiss Super League title last season, has not won any of their five competitive fixtures so far this term. The latest was a 2-0 defeat at St Gallen. Franco Foda’s side are currently rock0-bottom of the top-flight standings after their opening trio of matches. They are six points behind leading Young Boys, who beat them, 4-0, on the opening day last month.
Main objective is to qualify in one of the European competitions, as they need funds to fill in their budget and add some extra quality tro the squad in the summer transfer window. Linfield re inexperienced at this level in big games, primarily against some of the better sides in Europe.
Linfield’s without winger Kirk Millar (suspension), while Joel Cooper and Jimmy Callacher are both remain sidelined (injured). For the visitors, centre-back Becir Omeragic has recovered from a muscle injury is expected to return as a starter. Also, the summer signee Ivan Santini, coming off the bench to score his first goal for the club last week, probably gets the start as well.. Given the experience at this level and the difference in quality between the two sides, we will include Zurich in our soccer picks and parlays. That despite playing the first leg on the road.