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Olympiacos vs Aston Villa: Preview, predictions and lineups

Stevan Jovetic

Aston Villa have a mountain to climb this Thursday when they travel to Olympiacos in the second leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final.

The 1982 European champions find themselves 4-2 down from the first leg at Villa Park, with a Ayoub El Kaabi hat-trick guiding the Greek side to victory. Ollie Watkins and Moussa Diaby did get on the scoresheet, but a late penalty miss from Douglas Luiz means the odds are stacked against Unai Emery’s side for the second leg.

Villa also stumbled in their pursuit of Champions League qualification last Sunday, losing 1-0 away at Brighton. Fortunately for the Villans, Tottenham also tasted defeat at Liverpool, meaning they now need just three more points from their final two matches to guarantee a top-four place.

Olympiacos are still fighting for the Greek Super League title themselves and have enjoyed a week’s rest ahead of Villa’s visit.

Here’s 90min’s guide to Olympiacos vs Aston Villa in the Europa Conference League.

Olympiacos vs Aston Villa H2H Record (all-time)

Current form (all competitions)

Olympiacos

Aston Villa

Aston Villa 2-4 Olympiacos – 02/05/24

Brighton 1-0 Aston Villa – 05/05/24

Olympiacos 4-1 Lamia – 28/04/24

Aston Villa 2-4 Olympiacos – 02/05/24

Aris Thessaloniki 1-1 Olympiacos – 24/04/24

Aston Villa 2-2 Chelsea – 27/04/24

Olympiacos 2-1 PAOK – 21/04/24

Aston Villa 3-1 Bournemouth – 21/04/24

Fenerbahce 1-0 Olympiacos (2-3 on pens) – 18/04/24

Lille 2-1 Aston Villa (3-4 on pens) – 18/04/24

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United Kingdom

TNT Sports 1, discovery+, discovery+ App

United States

Paramount+, ViX

Canada

DAZN

Stevan Jovetic

Jovetic is unavailable / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Olympiacos are without a number of players for Aston Villa’s visit, including former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic. Doron Leidner and Andreas-Richardos Ntoi are also missing for the Greek side, while Ruben Vezo, Nelson Abbey and winger Gelson Martins are all ineligible to play.

Andreas Ndoj and Georgios Masouras will return from suspension, but they may not feature from the start against Villa.

Olympiacos predicted lineup vs Aston Villa (4-3-2-1): Tzolakis; Rodinei, Retsos, Carmo, Richards; Hezze, Iborra, Chiquinho; Fortounis, Podence; El Kaabi.

Emiliano Martínez

Martinez missed the first leg through suspension / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

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