After being demolished by English rivals Liverpool in the final of Champions League 2018/19, Tottenham will be desperate to make amends with a strong showing this time around as well.
Their draw in Group B sees them paired with Bayern Munich, Red Star Belgrade and their opponent in the first gameweek Olympiacos, and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be eyeing a smooth passage into the knockout phase either above or below the German champions.
Either way, he won’t see Olympiacos and Red Star as too much of a threat – even though both will make life difficult in the away leg.
The Greek side must definitely be respected. They finished second in their domestic league last season, but arguably even more eye-catching than that is the way they handled the qualification campaign for this year’s Champions League.
On paper, they had to come through three difficult ties, but just look at how comfortably they qualified from the two-legged games each time: Viktoria Plzen (4-0), Istanbul Basaksehir (3-0) and Krasnodar (6-1). That is a run of form that has to be respected.
Tottenham are clearly the better team, but these away trips – particularly early on in the season – can be fraught with risk. And that’s the kind of theory we will be carrying into our Olympiacos vs Tottenham predictions.
To really nail down our best bets for this game, let’s take a look at the rest of our Olympiacos vs Tottenham preview.
1. Olympiacos vs Tottenham Betting Odds
As you might expect, it is the away side that the bookies believe will assert their dominance – as reflected by their Olympiacos vs Tottenham betting odds.
Spurs have been installed as a 1.80 favourite for this one, with the draw available at the 3.92 mark.
Fans of underdogs can avail themselves of a chunky price of 4.20 on Olympiacos to spring a surprise in front of their own supporters.
2. Olympiacos vs Tottenham Betting Tips
So, how do we assess Tottenham’s start to the 2019/20 campaign? We would have to say below par, really, despite accepting the mitigation that they have struggled with injuries to key figures like Dele Alli and Eric Dier.
Spurs fans wanted some form of evolution in the summer to prevent their side from going stale, and they got it – in a fashion – with Pochettino signing Tanguy Ndombele, Giovanni Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon.
However, none of that trio has quite hit the ground running, and it has been left to the old guard to get their team out of trouble: Harry Kane, with three goals in four, and Hugo Lloris, who has looked far more assured in goal so far this term.
They opened their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, where they went 0-1 down and struggled to break down their plucky opponents for well over an hour. They were then well and truly outplayed in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City, lost 0-1 at home against Newcastle and threw away a two-goal cushion against bitter rivals Arsenal.
Like we say, it hasn’t been a trouble-free start to the season for Spurs.
There’s been no such problems for Olympiacos, who have breezed to a pair of 1-0 wins in the Greek Super League. Yes, we accept that is at a standard far below the English Premier League, but winning breeds confidence and that is the key.
They are not blessed with household names – fans of French football will be familiar with Mathieu Valbuena and perhaps Yassine Benzia, but instead they rely on good old-fashioned principals such as hard work, diligence and tactical flexibility.
Key figures Mohamed Camara and Konstantinos Fortounis have remained at the club despite being linked with moves away, although Koka – their top scorer last season – has been tempted away by Sporting Braga.
This will mark Olympiacos’ first return to the Champions League since 2017/18; then, they took just one point from their six group games as they were routinely outclassed by a tough trio in Barcelona, Juventus and Sporting Lisbon. They will be hoping for a better return this time around.
This is a squad that lacks top-level experience, and that 0-0 draw with Barcelona on home soil is now two years ago – there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since.
Tottenham, who took a point from the Nou Camp last season and won in Dortmund and at the Johan Cruyff Arena, are very comfortable playing on the counter away from home, and so they will head to Greece full of confidence.
And that, ultimately, is at the heart of our Olympiacos vs Tottenham betting tips: Spurs are just about a value price at 1.80.
But expect the Greek outfit to give a good examination of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who may not have things all their own way on September 18.
3. Olympiacos vs Tottenham Live Stream
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