Aston Villa have a mountain to climb after a 2-4 loss to Olympiakos in the first leg

Aston Villa have a mountain to climb after a 2-4 loss to Olympiakos in the first leg of the UEFA Conference League semi-final. The two teams lock horns once again in the rematch seven days later. Can the Lions pull off a memorable comeback in the port of Piraeus on Thursday evening?

Both teams scored in six of Olympiakos’ last seven outings across competitions. We’ve seen at least three goals in each of Villa’s previous four Conference League games. Ollie Watkins tops Villa’s scoring charts in both Conference Leaguer and Premier League this season.
Aston Villa’s form has seen a massive slide in the crunch time of the season.

Unai Emery’s men have managed two draws and one loss in the last three games across competitions. They fell 0-1 away at Brighton on Sunday afternoon. Luckily for their fans, Villa are still seven points clear off Tottenham in 5th place thanks to Spurs’ drop in form and recent defeats as well.

The story is completely opposite with Olympiakos. They are flying high with a run of seven wins and a draw in the previous eight outings across competitions. Jose Luis Mendilibar’s men are only 4th in the Greek Super League standings, though. They sit five points shy of leaders AEK Athens with a game in hand.

Recent Meetings
Olympiakos and Aston Villa have not had an opportunity to cross each other’s paths in the past. Olympiakos pulled off an amazing 4-2 victory in an eventful first leg of this Conference League semi-final tie seven days ago in Birmingham. Ayoub El Kaabi made the difference with a hat-trick at Villa Park.

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