Arsenal vs Olympiakos – Bettings Odds, Team News, lineup, and predictions
Arsenal will host the Greek champions Olympiakos as they seek their first win in Champions League group stage. They lost 2-1 to Dinamo Zagreb in the first game of group G and will be desperate to see off the Greek giants on Tuesday.
Arsenal squad will be highly motivated after beating high-flying Leicester city 5-2 on Saturday. They will be looking to bounce back in Europe after a major upset two weeks ago in hands of the Croatian team.
Meanwhile, Olympiakos are in sublime form in Greek Super League this season and have won all five of their league games.
But the Gunners will be wary of their opponents at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday as Olympiakos will also be looking for their first win of the Champions League after losing to Bayern Munich in their Group F opener 3-0.
“We were quite happy after the win [against Tottenham in the League Cup] in midweek. We took some of that confidence with us [to the Leicester game] and you could see that,” Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker told Arsenal’s official website.
“There is a little room for improvement, but I think we should take more confidence into the game on Tuesday in the Champions League.”
“Obviously it is very tight but we want to continue it against Olympiacos and next weekend against Manchester United, too.”
“We struggled defensively [at Leicester] but I’d say we got back to our striking force and more than four goals is something very special.”
“At times we lacked defensive stability but that is normal at Leicester. It was good for me to get some game time [because] I still lack a bit of fitness.”
Date, time and venue- Arsenal play Olympiakos on Tuesday 29 September at 7:45 pm at the Emirates Stadium.
Team News- Olivier Giroud is suspended for the game thanks to his sending off during the clash against Dinamo Zagreb. Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck also miss the game due to their long term injuries. Francis Coquelin and Mathieu Flamini are also doubtful for the game and will undergo last-minute fitness tests ahead of the game. Mikel Arteta is also not available for the game.
Olympiakos, meanwhile, will not be able to call on the services of Luka Milivojevis, who will serve the second of his two-game ban after he was sent off in Olympiakos’s Europa League round of 32 games against Dnipro last season. But coach Marco Silva will be hoping that he can recall Alejandro Dominguez to his line-up after he suffered a thigh strain against Bayern.
Arsenal probable starting XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott.
Olympiakos probable starting XI: Roberto, Elabdellaoui, Da Costa, Siovas, Masuaku, Pardo, Milivojevic, Fortounis, Bouchalakis, Durmaz, Finnbogason.
Predictions- Arsenal should see off Olympiakos. Our prediction is a 2-0 victory for the Gunners.
Betting Odds- According to the betting odds, you really have to be brave to put your money on Olympiakos.
Here are the betting odds:
Arsenal win @1.40
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