Posted on December 07, 2015 by ADMIN

Olympiacos v Arsenal: Team News, Lineups and Stats

Olympiacos vs Arsenal
Champions League
Date: Wednesday 9th December, 2015
Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus

Arsenal have it all to play for in the final round of this season’s Champions League matches, needing to win by a scoreline other than 1-0 or 2-1 away from home against the Greek champions in order to progress to the second round.

Arsene Wenger has never failed to make it past the first group stage of this tournament this millennium but faces his toughest task yet after seeing his side lose three of their opening four matches.  You can get good odds on the Gunners winning this Champions League match if you’re as confident as we are.

Arsenal are 21/20 to win on the night and a tasty 29/10 to win this game by two goals or more.  If you are expecting goals, like we saw at the Emirates, over 4.5 goals is 5/1 and Arsenal to win with over 4.5 goals in the game is 7/1.

If you simply fancy Arsenal to come out all guns blazing and get the minimum two goals that they will need to score on the night, Wenger’s side are 10/11 to score at least twice.

The Gunners’ convincing 3-0 thrashing of Dinamo Zagreb in their previous group game suggests it’s certainly possible for the Premier League side but the injuries mounting up make it even more difficult.

Olympiacos have a decent home record too and have won all 12 of their domestic league matches to start the season. Their 3-2 victory at the Emirates back in September give them the upper hand too.

The home side were thrashed 4-0 by 10-man Bayern Munich only a fortnight ago and were beaten 3-0 at home by the German champions in this campaign. Both results will surely spur Arsenal on.

Konstantinos Fortounis is the main dangerman for Olympiacos, whilst former-West Brom reject Brown Ideye is doing a decent job in Greece.

Olympiacos team news

The experienced duo of Alejandro Dominguez and Giannis Maniatis are both ruled out of this match and have not featured much at all this season for the Greek champions. Centre-back Alberto Botia is a doubt though and would be a big loss to Olympiacos.

Arsenal team news

Arsene Wenger has a whole host of injuries to deal with. The latest is that Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla are the latest visitors to the treatment room. A big blow for a side that will need to score at least twice on the road.

Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky are all sidelined.

Olympiacos vs Arsenal possible starting line-ups

Olympiacos: Roberto; Omar Elabdellaoui, Alberto Botia, Dimitrios Siovas, Arthur Masuaku; Luka Milivojevic, Pajtim Kasami, Felipe Pardo, Konstantinos Fortounis, Seba; Brown Ideye

Arsenal: Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Joel Campbell; Olivier Giroud

Olympiacos vs Arsenal: Key Stats

33% – Olympiacos have lost only three of their nine home matches versus English opposition (W3, D3).

75% – Arsenal won three of their four away games in last season’s competition but have lost both of their away games in this campaign.

83% – Olympiacos have won 15 of their 18 competitive matches this season, losing only to Bayern Munich (twice).

Prediction: Olympiacos 1-3 Arsenal

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19 thoughts on “Olympiacos v Arsenal: Team News, Lineups and Stats

  1. WOS

    As i always say I’m really convinced thatvwe will go to the next round
    The coming three matches for the gunners maybe the most important in the season as if we win tgem we will qualify to the last 16 in the champions league and will have the ability to compete and we will be the first on the bpl table by 5 points (i don’t consider lieaster as a threat as they will surely fall)

  2. jamesbrowney

    .. This will be tough, very tough but an early goal will spurn us to finish them off. I think Walcott should start, so that we can utilize our counters more efficiently, our counters in the last few matches have been poor.
    … Ramsey should concentrate more because I feel that most of the times, he plays more instinctively than consciously. Our concentration in general have to be top notch, Bellerin has got to improve, most of the goals we concede recently come From his side of the pitch. Mertesacker should start, this is not the game to bring in Gabriel.
    Chamberlain should do more, I hope Campbell continues doing his thing , Giroud should be brought in the second half to kill the game after Walcott must have tire out the host defense.
    We can do this, it’s very possible.

    1. Samiora

      They will definately park the bus. Starting theo wont be suitable technique for a team sitting back and wait to beat us in counter attacks. Chambo on right and Joel on left will spark speed and create chances upfront while tracking back(something Chambo will have to be reminded again and again) Am having good feeling about this. COYG

  3. SoOpa AeoN

    LmAO!………. Today’s just Monday……. Alot of things will change before Wednesday…… Including this predicted Line-up..

    Is sanchez back in the squad already?…. Didn’t find his name on ur sidelined players List

  4. Koss the Boss

    Great victory on saturday to set us up for this must win game in Athens. With Rambo back i believe we have an even better chance of goals as he usually from the middle sets up or scores a goal, was abit rusty v sunderland but what did we expect. Imo he will flourish in there when Coq is back and playing along side Ozil now will help him and mesut massivly to carry the load! Campbell i am happy with needs to keep starting i think hes stepping up and getting better game by game, takes a few games and a run in the 1st 11 to gain confidnce and understandment of the players around him.

    We will score at least 2 goals in Athens we just need to be switched on from DM backwards to keep them out! Big performances needed from Per and Flamini (our 2 flaws back there imo). 1-3 Arsenal my prediction, we cant go out we need the UCL and so do players like Ozil/Cech/Sanchez they are WC.

    Next game in the league is Villa but that has to be put in the back of the mind as this is the biggest game of our season so far away to Olympiacos and we want the big games at the Emirates is 2016. Cant fall now full concentration for 90mins and xant see us not in the draw for the last 16

  5. Skandalouz

    I’m not really happy with starting Giroud when we HAVE to score 2 goals. He has proven in the past that when the pressure to score is too big he might be prone to missing great chances, and you won’t get many of them in this fixture. Olympiakos are likely to sit deep though so I don’t know if Theo is the solution, but the game will definitely see both of them on the pitch when things aren’t really going our way (yet).

  6. Ks-Gunner

    Knowing what terror awaits teams in the furthers stages of the competition, i rrlly dont mind to be kicked out earliers from it.

  7. NY_Gunner

    R.I.P. Ernie Crouch 90. Loyal Gooner since 1934. Killed when a freak wind blew him into the path of a passing bus in Finchley…
    Thanks for your years of support Gooner…

    1. Trevor

      Some idiot thumbs it down, whoever you are you need to go wash the muck off your face and eat your greens.

  8. Davros

    We need goals and prevent them too so this would be my lineup

    Walcott……Ozil……OX or Campbell

    We need Walcott for the goals, I think

    But is definitely possible to win

  9. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Admini, kindly allow me to alter your predicted score-line to read: OLY 0-3 AFC @fulltime 90” +. That’s my own predicted score-line which I believe will come to pass on Wednessday night at Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens. However, the Boss MUST be audacious by taken the bull by the horns ahead of starting his Gunners XI for that Ucl match in Athens. To enhance the capacity of his starting line-up to achieve that 0-3 incredibly away win score-line at the Karakiskais Stadium on the night, the Boss SHOULD do the usual starting line-up to confuse d Olympiacos game and make a mismeat of them. Bellerin & the OX hasn’t impressed in thier last 2 outings for Arsenal. Therefore, a change of postion for Bellerin could be of great benefit to the Gunners’ play in this game. And will be the Key to Arsenal qualification ticket. My starts: Cech; DebuchyRhino’KoscielnyMonreal; RamseyFlamini; BellerinOzilCampbell; Giroud. My bench: Ospina ChambersDeAbreuGibbsWalcottAdelaideIwobi. I hope d Boss will accept my proposal. Thanks.

  10. Fatboy Gooney

    With Walcott, Ramsey and Ox back,
    I’m feeling a bit more confident about us getting the result that we need against Olympiacos.

    I have a good feeling that Campbell will shine against his former teammate’s, he will have vital experience of their player’s, pitch and the hostile atmosphere, after spending a season on loan there.

    If the real Arsenal turn up,
    then, We are more than capable of scoring 3 goals against them.

  11. willyrich

    Bitter truth is that we are going to europa cup. Playing away makes it it mountain to climb to qualify for champion league round of 16.

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