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Arsenal vs Olympiacos Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

18-Mar-2021, 04:58 pm

Olympiakos Arsenal 2021

Arsenal will be aiming to complete the job when they welcome Olympiacos to the Emirates Stadium in Thursday’s Europa League last 16 second leg.

The Gunners have one foot in the quarter-finals after running out 3-1 winners in the away leg, although will not be feeling completely secure after crashing out of this competition with a home defeat against this opposition last season.

Having won four and lost none of their last five fixtures, Arsenal are priced at 2/5 (1.40) with bet365 to banish those memories by coming out on top once again.

Pedro Martins’ men have lost seven of their last eight matches in European competition this season and are hefty 7/1 (8.00) outsiders to get back into this tie with a shock win.

None of the 11 previous encounters between this pair have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on them cancelling each other out in this one.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be hoping to return after being left out of the side for Sunday’s North London derby win due to disciplinary reasons, although Bukayo Saka is unlikely to feature after coming off injured in that clash.

Avraam Papadopolous and Ruben Semedo are both ruled out, while Marios Vrousai and Ousseynou Ba are doubtful.

While supporters may harbour lingering doubts after last season’s surprise collapse against the Greek visitors, Mikel Arteta’s players should be feeling confident of getting the job done.

In high spirits after impressive recent wins over Tottenham and Leicester, they have also won eight of their nine matches in this competition this campaign - claiming a creditable draw away to Benfica in the other game.

Averaging exactly three goals per Europa League game, they should have more than enough to see off an Olympiacos team that has kept just one clean sheet in nine matches in all competitions and conceded at least twice in seven of their last eight European fixtures.

All in all, odds of 21/20 (2.05) seem generous on Arsenal coming out on top in a match featuring over 2.5 goals for a ninth Europa League game in 10.

All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

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