Arsenal will need to something they have never been able to do in their history if they want to advance to the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League. They are forced to win in Matchday six when they visit Olympiakos this Wednesday, December 9th at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium at 20:45.
The Gunners are in the third place in Group F with six points, thanks to two wins and three defeats, scoring nine goals and allowing 10. Last weekend they defeated Sunderland at home in the English Premier League, and they come to this game with a streak of three games with no defeat.
In the Champions League Tips Olympiakos v Arsenal, the team led by Arsene Wenger has never won against Olympiakos away from home, and they lost 3-2 in the first meeting in this tournament at Emirates Stadium. The Thrylos have the advantage in the all-time series with four victories in seven games played.
The last time the Gunners visited Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium was three years ago in the UCL group stage, and the Greek squad came from behind to win 2-1 with goals from Giannis Maniatis and Kostas Mitroglou. In 2011, the English side fell 3-1 and in 2009 by 1-0.
Arsenal have played 17 times against Greek teams, and they have eight wins, three draws and six defeats, scoring 25 goals and allowing 20. They will be looking for their first victory in Greece since 1998 when they beat Panathinaikos 3-1 in the Champions League group stage.
Despite they have never won on the road versus Olympiakos, the Gunners are favorites at online sportsbook Bodog to get the victory in this match. They are listed with 2.10 Odds, while the Thyrlos are with 3.7, and the draw is with 3.8.
The team led by Marco Silva is the second place in the group with nine points. With one draw in this match, they will secure their ticket to the next stage for the
Last year, they defeated Manchester United 2-0 at home in the Round of 16 of the Champions League, and they have not lost to an English side in their pitch since 2005, when they fell 3-1 to Newcastle in the UEFA Cup.
They come to this game with three straight victories, and they have lost only two of the 18 games played this season in all competitions; they have won 16 of them. They are in the first place in the Greek Super League with 36 points, winning their 12 games, scoring 35 goals and accepting only eight.
Olympiakos’ only two defeats in this season have been versus Bayern Munich by a combined score of 7-0. They have three games with no goals allowed in at home so far, and none of their rivals in the local tournament has scored more than once in their pitch.
The Gunners will advance to the next round by a win with almost any score apart from 1-0 or 2-1. They are listed with 3.2 Odds to get the victory by two or more goals and with 4.0 to do it by one. Olympiakos are rated at 5.5 to win by the minimum difference, and the score draw is with 4.5.
French striker Olivier Giroud is the favorite to score the first goal in this game, and he is listed with 5.5 UCL Odds. He is followed by Theo Walcott with 7.0 and Brown Ideye with 9.0.
Arsenal will be without Chilean Alexis Sanchez due to an injury, so it will be a difficult mission to get the three points. Olympiakos will take advantage of this game at home to get a draw and advance to the next round.