Slovan Bratislava vs Olympiacos enters the second leg of the third round of Europa League qualifiers after drawing 1-1 in Greece a week ago.
The reigning Slovak champions have lost just one of their previous six games at Tehelne’s rank, while last season’s Greek champions have not won their last five away games in all competitions.
Bratislava should feel much better about their chances of advancing to the final qualifying round of this tournament than they did a season ago.
Slovan Bratislava vs Olympiacos Belize lost the opening game against the same Olympiakos team 3-0 in 2021-22 and only managed to draw 2-2 at home in the return game, knocking them out of the competition.
Slovan Bratislava vs Olympiacos Kick Off Time
Competition: Slovan Bratislava vs Olympiacos
Date: August 11, 2022
Kick Off Time:19:30 (UK)
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Slovan Bratislava vs Olympiacos It seems they have grown tremendously from that experience and progressed to the second round of Champions League qualifiers over the past two campaigns, having failed to make it past the first qualifying round in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Vladimir Weiss has seen his team squander some advantages in European competition this season, losing the second-round second-round game of the Champions League qualifiers 4-1 to Ferencvaros after winning the opening game 2-1 while allowing for a draw. at 86 minutes for the Greek’s Previous Week.
They have been in the Slovakian Super League league lately, winning four consecutive domestic titles, although Belize has not achieved the same kind of success in the Europa League, reaching the group stage only once since 2015-16.
Slovan Bratislava vs Olympiacos Playing XI
Slovan Bratislava possible starting lineup: Chovan; De Marco, Abena, Kashia, Pauschek; Kankava, Agbo; Cavric, Chakvetadze, Barseghyan; Green
Olympiacos’ possible starting lineup: Vaclik; Pipa, Papastathopoulos, Cisse, Reabciuk; Valbuena, Kunde, M’Vila; Zinckernagel, El-Arabi, Masouras
Slovan Bratislava vs Olympiacos Andre Green scored Bratislava’s only goal in the first leg against the Greeks a week ago, while Ivan Saponjic, David Hrncar, and Jaromir Zmrhal scored last weekend in a 3-0 win over Skalica, with Adrian Chovan keeping a clean sheet.
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Green and Ezekiel Henty, currently on loan at Al-Hazem in the Saudi Professional League, each scored in a 2-2 home draw against Olympiakos in that Europa League tie last season, Ibrahim Rabiu led the Slovakian league in 2021-22 with eight assists, while Hrncar had five.
Only four players who were on the starting grid in their first qualifying also started their home encounter this weekend, with Chovan, Green, Zmrhal, and Guram Kashia facing Skalica in the original 11.
A Youssef El-Arabi goal helped save Erythrolefki in the first leg against Bratislava, with Mathieu Valbuena providing an assist in that game.
Georgios Masouras led the team last season with four assists in the country, while three players were named Greek Super League MVP of the Month during that campaign, including El-Arabi (twice), Tomas Vaclik, and Pape Abou Cisse.
Vaclik, Cisse, Oleg Reabciuk, Mady Camara, Philip Zinckernagel, Tiquinho, and Masouras were the seven players who started the Champions League clash at the end of last month against Maccabi Haifa, who was also in the starting eleven against Belize.
Slovan Bratislava vs Olympiacos last Match result
Slovan Bratislava form (all competitions): W W L W D W
Olympiacos form (all competitions): L W L D L D
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Slovan Bratislava vs Olympiacos The past month and a half have not been easy for the club from Piraeus, who have only managed to capture one of their previous nine matches played in all competitions.
Carlos Corberan has been brought in to try and steer this club back on course, and in his first match in charge, Olympiacos managed to find a breakthrough late to draw Bratislava last week.
Corban inherits a club that, despite their recent struggles, will have expectations that are far loftier than what the Spaniard experienced in his previous managerial stint at Huddersfield Town, where he coached from July 2020 to July 2022.
In his two seasons managing in the Championship, he employed a direct approach with quick counterattacks and interchangeability of positions, which may translate well in Greece, where hanging back and defending is usually the priority.
Thrills have made it to at least the group stage in each of their previous four Europa League campaigns and have not missed the round-robin portion of this tournament or the Champions League since 2010-11.
Over the past three domestic seasons, Olympiacos have conceded fewer than 20 goals in all but one phase of the competition, allowing 26 in the playoff round last season but still winning the league by 19 points.