8/6/20 3 pm
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Wolverhampton is hosting Olympiacos at Molineux Stadium in the second leg of Round of 16 in the Europa League.
Wolverhampton was on the brink of qualifying for the Europa League in the EPL, but they lost their last game of the season against Chelsea. After that, Wolverhampton was hoping that Chelsea could win the FA Cup so that they would have qualified through that, but unfortunately, Chelsea lost, and Wolverhampton will not be going to the Europa League next season, but they might go to the Champions League if they win the Europa League this season. In the Europa League, Wolverhampton was second in their group with 13 points, 11 scored goals, and 5 conceded goals. In the first round of knockouts, Wolverhampton was playing against terrible Espanyol, who they beat 4-0 at home, and lost 3-2 on the road, but Wolverhampton still advanced to the next stage. Jota has scored 6 goals for Wolverhampton in the Europa League this season, while Jimenez added 3 goals and 3 assists. There are no injuries or suspensions in Wolverhampton as of right now. Wolverhampton is a tricky team, and when they are playing their best soccer, they can beat anyone, but when their offense starts missing chances, Wolverhampton will struggle for the whole game.
Olympiacos is the best team in Greece, and they have won the title with 91 points, 18 points more than Paok in second place. Both offensively, and defensively, Olympiacos has been the best team in Greek Super League 1 with 74 scored goals, and only 16 conceded goals in 36 games. The season ended on July 19th for Olympiacos, and the only game they played since then was a friendly match against Omnia Nicosia, while Olympiacos win 3-0. Olympiacos started the season in the Champions League, but the best they could do was third place in the group stage, which got them into the Europa League where they knocked out Arsenal in a surprising turn of events. Olympiacos has lost the first leg at home 0-1, but they won 1-2 on the road, and with the away goal advantage, Olympiacos has advanced to the next stage. With 2 goals, El Arabi is Olympiacos’ top goalscorer in the Europa League, while Cisse added 1 goal. Soudani, Koutris, Cumic, and Sa are all injured, while Semedo is suspended because of the red card. Olympiacos was in a good form during their season, but that was almost a month ago, and they are under big pressure because the only way they are getting to the next stage is if they win this game.
I would say that Wolverhampton has a better team, and they are playing in a much better league with stronger competition, but Olympiacos already knocked out one team from the EPL. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw, and Wolverhampton has the advantage because of the away goal, but the job is not done yet. One lucky break and Olympiacos is going through, and since they need at least 1 goal, I can see Olympiacos attacking from the start. I will pick something on goals here.