- Preview: Hapoel Be’er Sheva - Olympiacos -
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 3RD QUALIFYING ROUND, LEG 2
|Hapoel Be'er Sheva||2:00 PM (EST)||Olympiacos|
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Olympiacos travels to Israel to play Hapoel Be’er Sheva for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round and AGONAsport.com brings you a preview of tomorrow’s match. The first leg ended 0-0 in Greece. Kick off is scheduled for 2:00 PM (EST), 9:00 PM (Greek time).
Olympiacos: Olympiacos will look to put last week’s troubling performance in the first leg behind them after a 0-0 draw against Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Greece. A tough match awaits the Greek Champions in Israel as the game is sold out and the home fans are expected to provide an intimidating atmosphere. Olympiacos still remains the favorites to advance and one away goal will change the momentum of the game. Sanchez will present a different formation in comparison to the first leg in hopes of creating more on the offensive end and finding that important away goal.
Starting Line-up: Victor Sanchez is expected to play in a 4-3-2-1 formation in tomorrow’s match. Kapino will be under the goalposts with Figueiras, da Costa (replacing injured Siovas), Botia, and de la Bella in front of him. Bouchalakis, Milivojevic, and Cambiasso (who was absent in the first leg) will play in the holding midfield positions while both Fortounis and Dominguez will be in front of them. The lone striker will be Ideye. Pulido recovered from his injury and will be on the bench while Siovas, Omar, and Durmaz have been ruled out due to injuries. Additionally, Kasami is in England to close his deal with Nottingham Forest.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva: After a great result in Greece, the Israeli Champions will strive to complete the big surprise and knockout out Olympiacos. The players will look to their fans to be their 12th man in a sold out stadium as a great atmosphere is expected for one of the biggest matches in the club’s history. The team from Be’er Sheva will have a similar starting line-up with the first leg in a 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 formation. The hosts are expected to sit back and keep the clean sheet while looking for the goal that will send them through to the playoff qualifying round. Hapoel’s defender Soares will miss the match after signing a new deal in the United States and Romanian international Hoban will return from his suspension.
Scenarios: The two teams will play tonight for a place in the UEFA Champions League Playoff Qualifying Round with the “defeated” team (on aggregate) moving down to the UEFA Europa League Playoff Qualifying Round. A win for either club will send them through while a non-goalless draw will put Olympiacos through on away goals. Extra time will be played if the game ends in a 0-0 draw.
Referee: The head official will be Benoit Bastien from France . He has never refereed a game for a Greek team and was in charge of 3 matches in last year’s UEFA Europa League.
TV Listings: The match will be shown on the Greek Channel SportPlus in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Additionally, LaOla1.tv will be showing the game which provides a reliable and good quality stream in HD. In Greece, ANT1 will broadcast the game. More info under TV Listings page.