Manchester City vs. Olympiacos Pick – Champions League November 3, 2020

Champions League play resumes on Tuesday with eight matches on the card. This is matchday three of the group stage for these 16 clubs in action today. We’re in Group C for our selection on Tuesday between Manchester City and Olympiacos. The Greek based outfit, Olympiacos, will travel to City of Manchester Stadium for a matchup against a Premier League powerhouse. Olympiacos must keep their composure and play how they are capable of.

They are going to need that and perhaps a major slip up by Manchester City. It’s possible that Manchester City overlooks Olympiacos here, and that’s going to have to be the opening for the visitors. Olympiacos are well regarded in the Greek Super League. They’re 4-1-0 on the season and haven’t lost a match. Aris has played one more match than Manchester City, so they had an advantage in the table at the moment with a record of 5-1-0.

Olympiacos finished atop the table by a wide margin in the 2019-20 campaign. They were clear of PAOK by 18 points with a record of 28-7-1. The previous season in 2018-19, PAOK finished five points clear of Olympiacos, so they changed spots in the table essentially. Olympiacos are likely going to win the Super League Greece this season as well. Having said that, they have a monumental challenge against clubs in the Champions League.

They have a win and loss through their first two matches. Olympiacos handled the worst team in Group C convincingly by a score of 2-0. However, against stiffer competition in their second match, Olympiacos were defeated by a score of 2-0 against Portuguese foe Porto.

If Olympiacos show up with the same effort on Tuesday, then not much is likely to change. They might even find this one against Manchester City even more difficult. Manchester City are a perfect 2-0-0 in Champions League competition following a 3-1 win over Porto and 3-0 over Marseille. Head below for our free Manchester City vs. Olympiacos pick for November 3, 2020.

Manchester City vs. Olympiacos Champions League Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Manchester City -2 (-109)
  • Olympiacos +2 (+107)
Moneyline:

  • Manchester City (-556)
  • Olympiacos (+1100)
  • Draw (+620)
Total:

  • Over 3.5 (+101)
  • Under 3.5 (-117)

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Manchester City vs. Olympiacos Prediction:

Both clubs played Porto once with different results. Manchester City cleared Porto by a score of 3-1 on October 21. They dominated time of possession with 69% compared to 31% for Porto. Manchester City also edged Porto out with six shots on target as opposed to just two for Porto. 697 passes were completed at a success rate of 87% to 292 and 76% for Porto. In other words, Manchester City deserved the win. Conversely, Olympiacos was outshot six to four on target, though did win the time of possession battle at 57% to 43% for Porto. I will say that Porto were the better team, though.

Manchester City and Olympiacos both played French outfit Marseille as well. Olympiacos were 1-0 winners on October 21, as they played a really even match. Marseille and Olympiacos shared the time of possession at 50% each, and the shots on target were 3:2 in favor of the Greek club. Conversely, Manchester City pounded Marseille in a 3-0 win on October 27. They won the time of possession, 65% to 35%, and shots on target, 4:2.

The one thing that might catch Manchester City napping, though, is their next opponent on November 8 in just five days. Manchester City is set for a big showdown against Liverpool in the Premier League. If they’re looking ahead to that match, and not focused on Olympiacos, then an upset is possible.

We can make an argument that Olympiacos may not be overly focused on their trip over to Manchester, though. The club has been dealing with the coronavirus and has been receiving extensive testing this week. Note that Ousseynou Ba, Hillal Soudani, and Mady Camara will all be absent for Olympiacos on Tuesday.

Manchester City has been difficult to generate dangerous scoring chances against, and I imagine it’s not going to be an easy day on the road for Olympiacos. Manchester City has conceded 1 or fewer goals in seven straight performances. Leicester City in September is the last club to score more than a goal against Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Manchester City has scored just over 3 goals per match in their previous seven. They will continue to be without the services of Aguero and Jesus on Tuesday, but Manchester City should still make out fine if they aren’t looking ahead to Liverpool too much. This is the Champions League, though, and I believe they bring a solid effort to the pitch. I could see this one shaping up like the Marseille match for Manchester City. A 3-0 win at home appears within reach.

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Kyle E / Author

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