Olympiacos vs Arsenal prediction: Olympiacos 1-2 Arsenal
Both sides are on a good run of form. Olympiacos are unbeaten in their last 14 in all competitions..
Their most recent defeat was against North London opposition – a 4-2 defeat to Spurs in the Champions League.
Arsenal are yet to lose a match in all competitions since the turn of the year and will be hoping to build on Sunday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle.
The Gunners have, however, drawn seven of their last nine on the road.
Olympiacos vs Arsenal: Who will win?
Arsenal are 11/8 favourites to win the match while an Olympiacos win is priced at 2/1. The draw can be backed at 12/5. Arsenal are 2/7 favourites to qualify over two legs while Olympiacos are 5/2 to qualify.
Eight of Arsenal’s last nine matches in the Europe League have featured three or more goals. Bet on over 2.5 goals at 4/5.
Gbariel Martinelli did not feature on the weekend and is expected to start this one. The teenager has already scored 10 goals this season. Martinelli is 5/1 to open the scoring and 6/4 to score anytime.
Olympiacos vs Arsenal Europa League match preview
Arsenal travel to Greece for the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie against Olympiacos.
The Gunners progressed to the last 32 as winners of Group F. After winning their opening three matches, Unai Emery’s side made life difficult for themselves by drawing two and losing one of their last three matches.
Arsenal remain 10th in the Premier League following their 4-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday. Second-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette handed the Gunners their 7th league win of the season.
The Gunners have not lost any of their last nine matches away from home – although only two of those have been wins.
Olympiacos drop down to the Europa League after finishing third in Champions League Group B, behind Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich. Olympiacos’ only win in the group stage was a 1-0 victory over bottom side Red Star Belgrade.
Olympiacos have a two-point lead at the top of the Greek Super League. Pedro Martins’ side also won 4-0 at home on the weekend. Ahmed Hassan, Youssef El-Arabi (2) and Konstantinos Fortounis scored the goals against Panionios.
Arsenal were drawn against Olympiacos four times in the Champions League between 2009 and 2015, with each side winning four and losing four. Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick the last time the Gunners visited the Karaiskakis Stadium.
The return leg takes place at the Emirates Stadium next Thursday.
Olympiacos team news vs Arsenal
Daniel Podence and Yassine Meriah were regulars during Olympiacos’s Champions League group stage campaign but were sold in January.
January signing Ahmed Hassan is pushing for a start after scoring in consecutive matches.
Hillal Soudani is also injured for the hosts.
Omar Elabdellaou started the last time Olympiacos faced Arsenal nearly five years ago.
Arsenal team news vs Olympiacos
Mikel Arteta is expected to make some changes for his first European match as manager.
Emi Martinez started all six of Arsenal’s group matches but as this is the knockout stage of the tournament, he’ll face competition from first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Shkodran Mustafi is available for the Gunners after serving a one-match ban in their final group match. The German is enjoying his best spell of the season and could keep his place in the starting eleven.
Dani Ceballos delivered one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt on Sunday, playing in a slightly deeper midfield role.
Matteo Guendouzi is unlikely to feature following reports of a bust-up with Arteta on Arsenal’s recent training camp in Dubai.
David Luiz, Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are among those who could be rested.
Lucas Torreira, Joe Willock and Alexandre Lacazette all came on as substitutes against Newcastle but will be hoping to start this one. Gabriel Martinelli, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis Papastathopolouos were unused substitutes at the weekend and should be involved. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson weren’t even part of the matchday squad last time out.
Defenders Rob Holding and Pablo Mari played 45 minutes in the Under-23’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Monday night, suggesting they won’t be involved on Thursday. Fellow January signing Cedric Soares remains sidelined with a knee injury. Kieran Tierney and Calum Chambers are long-term absentees.
Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin were in the starting eleven the last time Arsenal faced Olympiakos in 2015.
UPDATE: Mikel Arteta confirmed a number of changes to the expected Arsenal squad for the trip to Olympiacos.
Pablo Mari Villar has travelled and could make his Arsenal debut in Greece.
Lucas Torreira has not travelled due to illness. Depending on recovery Torreira could still play, according to Arteta.
Mesut Ozil has also not made the trip with his wife expected to give birth.
Olympiacos predicted line-up vs Arsenal
Arsenal predicted line-up vs Olympiacos
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.