Arsenal remain unbeaten in 2020 having swatted away Newcastle 4-0 at the weekend, though that victory will only serve as motivation heading onto the continental stage.
This continues to be Arsenal’s most likely path to European Football next season, as they’re still plonked in the middle of the Premier League table.
In fact, Mikel Arteta’s side are looking to go 10 consecutive away games unbeaten for the first time since December 2016, though their first task is bypassing Champions League dropouts Olympiakos, which if history is anything to go by will be a close call.
These two sides have met on eight occasions in European competition, with all of them coming in the Champions League group stages.
The first six of these games have been won by the home side, with the away teams both winning in the most recent two clashes back in 2015/16.
That means they’re split four apiece over these ties, and with Arsenal’s away record this season we’re certainly not comfortable getting behind them on the outright.
The case against the Gunners is strengthened when looking at the Greek side’s form. They’ve now won 14 of 18 unbeaten matches since losing away at Spurs in Jose Mourinho’s second game in charge of the club, while three of the four draws also came on the road.
At the Karaiskakis alone the hosts have gone W20-D2-L1 since late February last year, with the only defeat coming narrowly 3-2 to Bayern Munich in October, while they also played out a 2-2 draw with Spurs here.
Both those sides hold more quality than Arsenal this year, and with the hosts registering 18 goals in their last five here, scoring at least three in each, they’ll be dangerous.
Olympiacos And Arsenal To Draw
However, the hosts now haven’t won any of their last seven home Europa League knockout ties, drawing five of these.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have drawn six of their last seven matches on the road, and have drawn their last two European away games at Vitoria Guimaraes and Standard Liege.
The English side would likely be satisfied with a draw providing they manage to claim an away goal in the process, working on the assumption that they’ll have too much for the Greek side when back at the Emirates.
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