On Wednesday, the second leg of Olympiacos' Winners League qualifying match against Maccabi Haifa, the reigning Israeli premier league champions, will take place at the Karaiskakis Stadium.
Olympiacos won the Greek Super League for the 47th time by a comfortable 19 points last season. They played in eight preseason friendlies before to their first-leg matchup with Maccabi Haifa. But found it difficult to develop a strong summer of play as they only managed to win two of their eight warm-up games while losing four and drawing the other two.
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When Maccabi Haifa and Olympiacos drew 1-1 in the first leg of their semifinal matchup last week, they snapped a four-game losing streak in all competitions. The Greens had previously lost the Israeli Super Cup against Hapoel Be'er Sheva on penalties after suffering back-to-back 1-0 losses to Mechelen and Vitesse in preseason.
The favored team in the forthcoming matchup is Olympiacos. They frequently compete in the Champions League group stage, although their current condition is poor. They should have an edge when playing at home. I predict that the hosts will still triumph.