Krasnodar vs Olympiakos for the Champions League qualification match on Tuesday at Krasnodar Stadium.
The home team comes into this match after a heavy defeat against their opponents in the 1st leg match, by 4-0, which was a game of little assertiveness by the Russian team.
Krasnodar did not take advantage of the excellent win in Porto, and now have to score at least 4 goals in this game to balance the tie and still qualify, something that will be very difficult, given the size of the disadvantage.
The away team comes to this match of the second round of the tie, knowing that they have a considerable margin to manage the advantage gained in last week’s game.
After a practically perfect game by the team led by Pedro Martins, they took an essential step for triumphing in the knockout round after a match of exceptional ability and assertiveness in offensive terms, naturally striking the Russians.
After an excellent game by Olympiakos’s team in last week’s first leg of this knockout round, with a definite triumph in front of their supporters by 4 balls to 0, thus taking a giant step towards qualifying.
I think this game should not have a significant history, not only because of the apparent psychological effects of a heavy defeat to Krasnodar (players even unconsciously have little hope of reversing the tie), unlike the Greeks (who had a reliable injection of morale with the significant result), but also because this 2nd leg match is likely to see Olympiakos managing the lead, throwing more into the opposing error and with little initiative but also a Krasnodar striving for the last attempt ( as the team has some difficulties at the offensive moment, it is much better to defend than to attack).
Thus, I think it is very likely to postpone the appearance of goals, which should boost an under in my view.