Wolverhampton Wanderers – Olympiakos

Nothing is decided just yet in the Europa League 1/8-finals tie between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Olympiakos. These two teams meet again at the Molineux after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Greece. There’s a lot more to happen in this tie, so let’s preview the second leg.

Despite of Ruben Semedo’s red card in the 28th minute, Olympiakos managed to open the score against Wolves at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki in Pireas. Youssef El-Arabi put the ball in the net behind Rui Patricio’s back after 54 minutes of time. Just 13 minutes later the English team equalised, though. Pedro Neto executed an assist from Joao Moutinho and scored a vital away goal for Wolverhampton.

Now at the Molineux Wolves will be in control. They know that Olympiakos must score at least once to progress, so they can let the Greek side be more offensive on the pitch and wait their chance on the counter-attack. With players like Adama Traore and Diogo Jota, Wolves could be really dangerous when counter-attacking.

Olympiakos’ manager Pedro Martins must come up with a perfect strategy for the second leg. He must be aware with Wolves’ abilities to take the ball quickly to the penalty area. Because of this Olympiakos must be careful despite of the fact that they must score goals.

Both teams could be happy with their domestic seasons. Olympiakos won the title in the Greek Super League 1 again, while Wolverhampton Wanderers finished in the Top 8 of the Premier League. Both teams have capable Portuguese managers who are more than ready to create a masterplan for their team’s success.

These are our thoughts about the Europa League 1/8-finals fixture between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Olympiakos on Thursday. The English team have the advantage of the away goal they scored in Greece, but is this going to be enough? We shall see.