Olympiacos v Arsenal Build-up & Predicted score for 1st leg of EL clash

Arsenal will make the long trip to Greece again as they look to take on Olympiacos in the Europa League.

The Gunners had to move their previous round matches with Benfica to neutral grounds because of certain countries’ travel restrictions, and they played the home leg of that fixture in the Karaiskakis Stadium just two weeks ago.

Today they will make the same trip, although this time they will be the away team, and playing Olympiacos who are usually homed there.

The Greek giants will be confident of getting a result in their home stadium given their strength there this term. They have lost only twice there since the season began in September which both came against Champions League opponents Porto and Manchester City, while winning 17 of the 20 home matches in all competitions thus far.

The Gunners may well feel happy to return to the stadium where their heroics against Benfica will be fresh in their memories, but our team has definitely not been the epitome of consistency at all this term, and there is no telling what kind of performance we should expect.

Our side has only managed three wins from our last nine in all competition, but we have saved many of our best performances for this competition this season, and while our form may not look as pretty as our rivals, you would be silly to rule us out.

You would have to think that Mikel Arteta would be going all-out for victory tonight also, given he witnessed his side eliminated from the same competition by Olympiacos also, and he will not want the same scenario to evolve this year.

Sorry Gooners, I’m not predicting a nice comfortable victory this evening, but today will not decide our fate in the competition, and I can see us getting the needed scoreline in the reverse leg.

I believe both teams will up for this clash, and I can see this turning into a score-draw, with 2-2 resonating in the back of my head as pretty likely.

How do you see this one playing out this evening? Will Arsenal be weary of Olympiacos?

Patrick

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20 Comments

  1. S.J says:

    I predict a 1 – 1 draw

  2. Declan says:

    I agree a score draw.

  3. Wyoming says:

    A 6-1 win for our Gooners..

  4. ClassyGunner says:

    We are narrowly scraping this.

  5. Garba Adamu says:

    Arsenal to win the game.

  6. Logic says:

    I predict a win for us, it is absolutely crucial to win the EL this season. As It looks like our best chance to get back into champions League. With luck and FA cup type run we had last season we can win this competition. EPL league position won’t be relevant if we win this cup. We should really prefer this over anything else. No compromises and resting, play out best team who has the best chance to win this away game.

  7. Iykmatt says:

    A 1-0 defeat

  8. Perry ames says:

    We should win this game against a team from a very poor league so I’m going for a 3-1 win

  9. S says:

    No chance we’re winning the tie. We’ll win the battle but not the war.

  10. Sue says:

    A win for the good guys – yes even in the blue kit!! COYG

    1. Roachie says:

      Hate the blue kit!

      1. Sue says:

        Me too!

  11. kori says:

    2 nil to arsenal. that’s what I would love.

  12. Pepe says:

    2:1 to the Greece

  13. Sue says:

    Arsenal make two changes from the game against Burnley as Bellerin and Gabriel come in. Nicolas Pepe and Emile Smith Rowe are on the bench.

    Leno; Bellerin, Gabriel, Luiz, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Willian, Odegaard, Saka; Aubameyang.

    And Stone Cold Sokratis starts…

    1. Sue says:

      Subs: Ryan, Cedric, Chambers, Holding, Pablo Mari, Elneny, Ceballos, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Martinelli, Lacazette, Hein. #OLYARS

      1. Declan says:

        Well done Sue, so quick!

  14. S.J says:

    Aubameyang.

    Willian. Odegaard. Saka.

    Xhaka. Partey.

    Tierney. Gabriel. Luiz. Bellerin.

    Leno.

    Almost got Arteta’s starting 11 today. Hope they come out with a win, but my head says draw

  15. mickmematethemasterfarter says:

    why not 3 sub goalies LOL no balogun

  16. Pepe says:

    Just as we predicted
    Leno; Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Willian; Aubameyang

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