Olympiacos vs Genk lineups – will Tolu Arokodare redeem himself for UCL upset?

Olympiacos vs Genk lineups – will Tolu Arokodare redeem himself for UCL upset?
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The Georgios Karaiskakis stadium will host Olympiacos vs Genk on Thursday, as both teams set their sights on a place in the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League. It'll be interesting to see who will be left standing at the end of this two-legged tie.

We would like to point out that just last week, Genk participated in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League. However, they crashed out on penalties at the hands of Swiss side Servette; and as a result, Wouter Vrancken's side were relegated to the Europa League qualifiers.

Interestingly, Nigerian-born Tolu Arokodare went from hero to villain in that match. Although the 22 year old striker gave Genk the lead in the second half, he missed the penalty that sealed the club's fate. As a matter of fact, Arokodare didn't start in Genk's loss to Eupen last weekend; although he came on just after the 60 minute mark. That said, let's see how both teams could potentially line up ahead of this match.

Olympiacos vs Genk probable lineups

Olympiacos

Goalkeeper: Konstantinos Tzolakis.
Defenders: Ramon, Andreas Ndoj, Panagiotis Retsos, Rodinei.
Midfielders: Andreas Bouchalakis, Vicente Iborra, Mady Camara, Marios Vrousai, Giorgos Masouras.
Strikers: Youssef El Arabi.

Genk

Goalkeeper: Maarten Vandevoordt.
Defenders: Daniel Muñoz, Carlos Cuesta, Mark McKenzie, Joris Kayembe Ditu.
Midfielders: Joseph Paintsil, Matias Galarza, Patrik Hrosovsky, Mike Tresor, Bilal El Khannouss.
Strikers: Tolu Arokodare.

Unfortunately, Wouter Vrancken will not be able to call upon the services of Bryan Heynen. The Belgian midfielder was injured in the first half of Genk's loss to Eupen; he was ruled out for their First Division A game last weekend, and is expected to miss today's match as well. Although Tolu Arokodare didn't start last weekend, he's expected to be in the starting lineup for today's match. The visitors will likely line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Tolu Arokodare leading the attack.

On the other hand, Olympiacos have a healthy group of players to choose from; they have no suspended or injured players heading into this match. It's important to point out that Diego Martinez's men have only played friendly matches up until this point; and this will be their first competitive match of the season. The Spaniard will likely adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Youssef El Arabi being the sole striker.

Olympiacos vs Genk confirmed lineups

Olympiakos

Olympiakos
8
Vicente Iborra
es
4
Mady Camara
gn
45
Panagiotis Retsos
gr
19
Giorgos Masouras
gr
20
Joao Carvalho
pt
16
Nicolas Freire
ar
18
Quini
es
23
Rodinei
br
7
Konstantinos Fortounis
gr
11
Youssef El Arabi
ma
1
Alexandros Paschalakis
gr
Substitutes
88
Konstantinos Tzolakis
gr
2
Ramon
br
15
Sotirios Alexandropoulos
gr
21
Pep Biel
es
25
Jackson Porozo
ec
74
Andreas Ntoi
gr
17
Marios Vroussay
gr
14
Thanasis Androutsos
gr
12
Algassime Bah
gn
99
Athanasios Papadoudis
gr
9
Ayoub El Kaabi
ma

Genk

Genk
99
Toluwalase Emmanuel Arokodare
ng
25
Matias Galarza
ar
34
Bilal El Khannouss
ma
18
Kayembe
be
28
Joseph Paintsil
gh
Substitutes
1
Hendrik Van Crombrugge
be
4
Aziz Ouattara Mohammed
ci
77
Angelo Preciado
ec
5
Gerardo Arteaga
mx
14
Yira Sor
ng
19
Anouar Ait El Hadj
be
3
Mujaid Sadick
es
90
Christopher Bonsu Baah
gh

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Where to watch Olympiacos vs Genk live in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya

Unfortunately, this match will not be broadcast on TV in any of these countries. However, you can watch the highlights on both teams' official YouTube channels.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

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