Kick-off: 1945, 30/08/2018
Stadium: Turf Moor
Burnley face an uphill battle to qualify for the Europa League group stage as they go into the second leg of their tie with Olympiacos 3-1 down.
The Clarets have also been struggling in the Premier League, being beaten by the same scoreline against Watford and losing 4-2 at Fulham either side of the trip to Greece.
Sean Dyche’s side will no doubt put in a spirited effort, but we like 9/4 for a draw at Turf Moor as our main Burnley vs Olympiacos prediction.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
There were always doubts over whether Burnley had the strength in depth to cope with competing in Europe and conceding 10 goals in three games tells its own story.
Rotating players has put a strain on the Clarets and this seems to have been a step too far following last season’s excellent seventh-place finish.
“We are stretched at the moment, as everyone knows,” commented Dyche after the latest defeat at Fulham. “These are the complications of life at Burnley sometimes.
“We are skinny on numbers at the minute to take on the two competitions. But that’s the reality, no excuses. Those are just the facts.”
Dyche will rally his weary troops to give it a go on Thursday night, but 17/5 for a score draw stands out to us from the Burnley vs Olympiacos odds.
A Look At Olympiacos’ Betting Odds
The first clash between Olympiacos and Burnley was even at half-time, with Chris Wood’s penalty cancelling out a fine free-kick from Kostas Fortounis.
However, the Greek outfit upped the tempo after the interval, with Andreas Bouchalakis’ header and a Fortounis spot-kick putting them in control of the tie.
Burnley were on the wrong end of some tough refereeing decisions, with Ben Gibson sent off for two bookable offences, but Olympiacos still showed their strong European pedigree when dominating play.
The visitors have since opened their domestic campaign with a 1-0 triumph over Levadiakos and can afford to approach this clash in a conservative manner.
Let’s round off our Burnley vs Olympiacos betting tips by taking 23/4 for a 1-1 stalemate.
Fulham 4-2 BURNLEY – Jeff Hendrick, James Tarkowski
OLYMPIACOS 1-0 Levadiakos – Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
Head-to-head: Olympiacos 3-1 Burnley
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