class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Both teams have been involved in a host of entertaining clashes recently and our tipster is expecting more goals when they clash in the Europa League
Arsenal continue their quest for Europa League glory when they travel to the Karaiskakis Stadium in Greece to face Olympiacos in the last-16 on Thursday night.
Having been knocked out of both domestic cups and currently languishing down in 10th in the Premier League, this competition represents the Gunners’ best chance at both silverware and a place in next season’s Champions League.
Olympiacos vs Arsenal Latest Odds
These sides met in this tournament just over 12 months ago, with Arsenal winning at this ground, and bet365 are 5/6 (1.83) about Mikel Arteta’s men repeating the trick on Thursday.
However, Olympiacos would go on to qualify after a 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium and they can be backed at 10/3 (4.33) to take a lead back to London this time.
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Despite playing each other 10 times in European competition since 2009, none of those games have ever ended level and the online bookmaker offers 13/5 (3.60) that this meeting bucks that trend.
Olympiacos vs Arsenal Team News
Olympiacos centre-backs Ruben Semedo, Ousseynou Ba and Avraam Papadopoulos are all out injured, but Sokratis should be available to face his former team despite a shoulder injury.
Emile Smith Rowe has returned to training after missing Arsenal’s 1-1 draw in Burnley at the weekend and could feature.
Olympiacos vs Arsenal Preview
Both teams can count themselves somewhat fortunate to be in this round of the tournament, with each side scoring a winner inside the final five minutes to advance from entertaining ties.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late strike saw Arsenal beat Benfica 4-3 across two legs and after their draw at Burnley at the weekend, Arteta’s men have now scored 12 times but conceded eight in just their last six games.
Olympiacos, meanwhile, secured passage into this stage thanks to Ahmed Hassan’s goal two minutes from time against PSV, which gave them a 5-4 aggregate victory and their record over the last few games is almost identical to the Gunners’.
Indeed, prior to their 3-0 Greek Super League victory over struggling Lamia on Sunday, Pedro Martins’ side had gone seven games without a clean sheet – albeit recording 12 strikes themselves.
Olympiacos vs Arsenal Tips and Predictions
With both teams offering plenty in the final third but struggling to keep their opponents at bay in recent weeks, bet365’s 4/5 (1.80) quote on both teams to score looks to be a strong selection for this Europa League clash.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.