Olympiakos vs Barcelona: Valverde eyeing emotional victory back in Greece

Olympiakos vs Barcelona: Valverde eyeing emotional victory back in Greece

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Odds: Olympiakos 13/1, Draw 5/1, Barcelona 1/5

Kick Off: 1945, 31/10/2017

Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis

TV: BT Sport

Barcelona and Olympiakos are at opposite ends of the Champions League Group D table and the Catalan giants are expected to confirm the superiority of a Matchday 3 win over the Greek outfit.

Barca overcame the 42nd-minute dismissal of Gerard Pique to prevail 3-1 at Camp Nou, only conceding a consolation goal in the closing stages.

With Paulinho also hitting the bar that night, we’re kicking off our Olympiakos vs Barcelona betting predictions by taking 17/20 for the visitors to score at least three times again.

A Look At Olympiakos’ Betting Odds

Olympiakos were far from convincing in the qualifying rounds and are facing an early exit following three straight defeats during the group stage.

Sporting Lisbon won 3-2 at Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis when running riot in the first half and there were few encouraging signs in a 2-0 defeat at Juventus next time out.

With the Thrylos having made a patchy start on the domestic front, it will be interesting to see how much emphasis they put on competing with Barca here, three days after a crunch clash with Panathinaikos.

Looking at the Olympiakos vs Barcelona odds, we like 19/20 for an away win to nil this time.

A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds

Even with 10 men, Barcelona will have been frustrated to concede in the 89th minute at Camp Nou, having previously kept clean sheets in wins over Juventus and Sporting Lisbon.

Ernesto Valverde will now make an emotional return to the club he guided to three Greek titles between 2009 and 2012 and will want a clinical display.

Olympiakos had no answer to the mesmerising skills of Lionel Messi in the first encounter, despite packing their defence throughout.

“Messi makes the play and looks for players to link to with his passing,” commented Valverde. “It’s his instinct, as soon as he’s running at goal he sees just the right team-mate with whom he can exchange passes and score.”

We’re completing our Olympiakos vs Barcelona betting tips by taking 25/4 for Messi to inspire a 3-0 triumph.

Additional stats

Last Champions League result:

BARCELONA 3-1 OLYMPIAKOS – Dimitris Nikolaou (og), Lionel Messi, Lucas Digne & Dimitris Nikolaou

Previous head-to-head: N/A

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Best bets for Olympiakos vs Barcelona

Barcelona to score at least three goals @ 17/20

Barcelona to win to nil @ 19/20

Barcelona to win 3-0 @ 25/4