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Arsenal vs Olympiakos Prediction & Match Preview

 

Arsenal vs Olympiakos Prediction & Match Preview

Arsenal

Olympiacos

18 March 2021 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET Europa League Emirates Stadium

A place in the Europa League quarter-finals will be at stake when Arsenal and Olympiakos face each other at Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening. 

The Gunners outplayed the Thrylos 3-1 in Piraeus, and, as a result, Mikel Arteta’s men are seen as hot favourites to make it to the next round. 

Arsenal have been producing splendid displays in all competitions of late, and they must be high on spirits following a 2-1 win over Tottenham.

Aubameyang is likely to return to the starting XI after he was left out of the starting XI against Spurs due to disciplinary reasons. Mikel Arteta should have a full squad to choose from. 

Olympiakos face an uphill task in the return leg, and seeing that they must adopt an attack-minded approach in the return leg, we believe that Arsenal will have a number of opportunities to seal the victory on the break.

Arsenal vs Olympiakos Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Arsenal Olympiacos played so far 11 matches.
Arsenal won 6 direct matches. Olympiacos won 5 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.00 goals per Match.

Arsenal vs Olympiakos Prediction

Arsenal in actual season average scored 1.71 goals per match. In 14 (73.68%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 12 (63.16%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Olympiacos average scored 2.05 goals per match in season 2021. In 17 (89.47%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 12 (63.16%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cut a frustrated figure on the bench against Spurs after he was dropped for disciplinary reasons, but he should be reinstated to the first XI this week.

On a more negative note, Arteta confirmed that teenage starlet Bukayo Saka had to be withdrawn at the weekend due to a hamstring problem, so Nicolas Pepe could benefit from his absence on the right-hand side.

With the weekend's London derby in mind, Pablo Mari and Hector Bellerin are both in contention to return to the rearguard, while Ceballos could earn a place in midfield with one of Granit Xhaka or Thomas Partey due a rest.

Former Arsenal man Sokratis will likely be partnered with makeshift centre-back Yann M'Vila upon his return to the Emirates, as Ruben Semedo and Avraam Papadopoulos remain in the treatment room while Ousseynou Ba is doubtful with a back problem.

Martins rotated heavily against Larissa with this game taking priority, so the two returning full-backs in Kenny Lala and Oleg Reabciuk should line up in North London, while Mady Camara and Mathieu Valbuena are also set to return to the midfield.

Despite his goal at the weekend, Ahmed Hassan should drop down to the bench for El Arabi, who bagged his 22nd goal of the season as a substitute in Sunday's win.

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