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Arsenal are halfway to exacting their revenge on Olympiakos after their 3-1 win away in Greece last week. Goals in the final 15 minutes from Gabriel Magalhaes and Mohammed Elneny have given the English side the upper hand, though they took an advantage back to the Emirates last year and ended up being eliminated, so they’ll certainly not let their guard down this time.
The Gunners have followed that victory with a confidence boosting 2-1 win in the North London derby on Sunday, and will be looking to take that momentum into this game.
That takes their recent run to four wins from five unbeaten games, their best run of the season as there looks to be signs of progression from a club that have constantly missed the mark in recent years.
Having gone on a run of 11 wins from 12 unbeaten matches, Olympiakos have taken a slight dip in form now, going W4-D2-L3 since the last game of that run, and with their three domestic wins in that time coming against Volos, Lamia and Larissa, of which the latter two are firmly in the bottom half of the Greek Super League, its hard to envisage them troubling the Gunners too much.
Olympiakos have an expectedly poor record in England, going just W2-D1-L13 since the turn of the century, though it should be noted that both those victories have come at this stadium and within the last six years.
However, prior to both of those wins they were in decidedly better form than the yare now, with last year’s win coming off the back of one defeat in 18 matches (which came in the first leg), while their win here in the 2015/16 Champions League group stage had seen them win five of their opening six games of the season, losing only to German giants Bayern Munich.
This year they don’t fill us with much confidence, and although they possess a strong attacking line up, Arsenal should certainly have enough to progress.
Both Teams To Score
The Greek side need to score at least three goals to have a chance of progressing here, so they’ll need to throw the kitchen sink at this Arsenal defence who have not conceded that many in a single game since before Christmas, and even that came against Premier League Champions elect Man City and we wouldn’t expect a repeat here.
Olympiakos’ approach should open this game up, and we’re certainly not abject to them finding a goal considering they’ve managed that feat in each of their last 23 matches, while Arsenal are looking for their first clean sheet in 11.
The visitors should also leave a lot of space in behind for Arsenal to exploit, and with the pace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka on display, to name a couple, Arsenal should certainly be registering at least one of their own on home soil, so the both teams to score market looks a good play.