Genk Vs Olympiakos – Genk host KRK Olympiakos at Cegeka Arena in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday (August 17).
Genk Vs Olympiakos
Wouter Vranken’s men have now lost three games in a row in various competitions, a run that saw them crash out of UEFA Champions League qualifying at the hands of Servette.
A Draw In “g. Karaiskakis”
Genk will be hoping the win can act as a springboard as they look to overturn their opening 0-1 defeat against Olympiakos.
Experienced striker Kostas Fortunis scored in the first minute of the first leg to give Olympiakos a narrow victory.
Diego Martinez’s side are unbeaten in five friendlies, with two draws and two wins, including a 3-1 win over Scotland’s Rangers.
Coming off a win on Sunday, Genk will head into the match with renewed confidence as they look to turn the tide. However, with only a draw needed to advance to the next round, Olympiakos will have to mount a defensive block and force a share of the spoils.
Krc Genk Vs Olympiacos Prediction And Betting Tips
Tip 2: Over 2.5 Goals – None (Olympiakos have had under three goals in four of their last five games.)
Tip 3: Over 10.5 Corners – None (Genk have had fewer than 11 corners in their last five games.) Sports Mole previews Thursday’s Europa League clash between Genk and Olympiakos, including predictions, team news and possible lineups .
Olympiakos will travel to Belgium on Thursday evening to host Genk in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
The Greek national team took a 1-0 lead in the first leg and will now look to secure continental football for 2023-24 in the second leg.
Formazioni Olympiakos Genk
From losing the Belgian title in the dying seconds of the 2022-23 season to being knocked out of the Champions League in the second qualifying round earlier this month, Genk have had a few months to forget.
Picking up six points from three league games this season can be seen as a positive, but the focus now is to ensure they have European football ahead of them for the rest of the calendar year.
Regardless of what happens in this tie, the Europa League play-offs will be lost, but Genk will want to do whatever it takes to stay in contention.
Kostas Fortunis’ first-minute goal proved to be the difference in the first leg as Olympiakos won their first competitive game of the season.
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At some level, both teams will be happy with the result, but it’s worth noting that Genk have failed to win any of their last four competitive matches at the Arena Cegeka.
The pressure is on Wouter Vranken on Thursday night, with the prize up to Serbian FC Čukarići.
From Olympiacos’ point of view, they may have preferred to build on last week’s win with a game at the weekend.
However, Diego Martinez feels that a good rest will benefit his side compared to Genk, who will have to fight back to win 1-0 at Cercle Brugge.
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While Martinez will have one eye on the weekend’s Ligue 1 opener against Panzerraikos, his priority right now will be to ensure his side go into the encounter in Belgium unbeaten.
Genk duo Matias Galarza and Mike Tresor missed the match against Cercle Brugge after picking up injuries in the first leg and could be considered major doubts.
However, Joris Kayembe was ruled out of that session to start at left-back at the weekend, leaving Aziz Ouattara and Christopher Bonsu Baah to start at full-back.
Any selection questions aside, there is no reason to worry about an Olympiacos squad that has recovered from Martinez’s efforts last week.
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While new signing Jackson Poroso is expected to feature regularly this campaign, the Ecuador international is unlikely to feature in this competition.
With 10 goals and four assists in attacking midfield for the 2022-23 season, Pep Beale could almost certainly be called up to the squad.
While Genk returned to winning ways at the weekend, it remains to be seen whether the busy schedule will benefit or hinder them against opponents who have played less competitive games. For us, Olympiakos will be well rested in this game and that could be the difference.
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Olympiakos Vs Genk
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