Olympiacos travels to Belgium to play Genk on Thursday night, hoping to maintain a slim advantage in their Europa League third qualifying round matchup. The Greek team took a 1-0 lead from the first leg and will now try to secure continental competition for 2023–24 in the rematch.
Genk vs Olympiacos
Genk must overcome a deficit against Olympiacos in order to advance to successive Europa League group rounds. The third qualifying round’s second leg will take place at the Cegeka Arena in Genk with the visitors leading 1-0. The losers of this two-legged match will be sent to the Europa Conference League play-off round, while the victors will progress to the knockout stage.
If that occurs, Genk’s season in Europe would be quite the adventure. When they fell to Servette in the Champions League second-round qualification, they were moved to the Europa League’s current round.
The Belgians need to perform better than they did in the first leg if they want to make it two straight group stage appearances in this competition. They did bounce back from that setback to win 1-0 at home in the domestic league, making it two wins and a setback to begin the league season. Genk has struggled at home, having dropped three straight games in any competition at this location.
In the last match, Olympiacos scored in the opening minute and held on to take a 1-0 lead into this one. With one draw in their previous five games, they now had four victories. They are playing the third qualifying round right away and want to compete in the Europa League for a third straight year. Last season, the Greeks had to win on penalties to advance to this stage, but the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw.
Olympiacos had a free weekend after winning the first leg of the series last week in Pireas, but Genk snapped a three-game losing slide on Sunday with a slim victory against Cercle Brugge. However, Genk’s recent European record is not very impressive, with the hosts losing all nine of their home matches in the Champions League or Europa League since 2019.
Genk will enter the midweek match with fresh confidence after Sunday’s victory as they try to reverse the tie. However, Olympiacos should throw up a defensive wall and demand a share of the spoils because they only need a draw to advance to the next round.
Due to their deficit from the first leg, Genk runs the possibility of dropping from the Champions League to the Europa League and then to the Europa Conference League. Olympiacos has quietly been compiling impressive results, but neither of these teams has fared well in the Europa League. Given their dismal scoring trends in this league, under 2.5 goals is a strong contender.
Tip: Draw / Under 2.5 Goals
Draw – ✅
Under 2.5 Goals – ✅
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