The knockout stage of the UEFA Europa League begins on Thursday with a duel between Olympiacos and Arsenal. It’s going to be a tight encounter that could go either way as there are no clear favourites. Check out our Europa League Preview for this match that will take place at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.
Olympiacos Piraeus begin their UEFA Europa League knockout campaign at home, where they are undefeated in ten matches in this competition (W5, D5). Notably, they opened the scoring in eight of those ten fixtures and also secured a half-time lead in six of those matches too.
Since their Champions League defeat to Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the Greek side has gone 18 competitive games without a loss (W14, D4). They impressively shut out their opponents in five of their previous seven games, and at home have scored 3+ goals in six of their previous seven matches here.
Olympiacos Team News
Pedro Martins cannot count on Bruno and El Arbi Soudani, who will miss the clash with Arsenal due to injuries. Defender Vassilios Torosidis is questionable due to an illness.
- Youssef El Arabi has scored an impressive 22 goals across all competitions this season – each of the previous four came before half-time
- Olympiacos have led at half-time in just two of their last six competitive matches
Arsenal have lost only two of their previous 12 UEL matches (W8, D2, L2). They have been a free-scoring outfit throughout those games – they netted 2+ goals in eight of those matches. It’s worth noting that they have also scored 2+ goals in three of their previous four competitive games as well.
Three of the Gunners’ previous four visits to Piraeus have ended in defeat (W1, L3). They conceded six goals across those losses, with four coming after half-time. Additionally, there was at least one match goal scored from the 46th-60th minute in three of those four matches.
Arsenal Team News
Mikel Arteta will be without Calum Chambers (knee), Cedric Soares (knee), Kieran Tierney (shoulder), and Mesut Ozil (personal reasons). Lucas Torreira could miss this match as he is dealing with an illness.
- Alexandre Lacazette scored in his last game and netted in Arsenal’s most recent UEL match – both goals came after the 75th minute
- Arsenal have scored six of their previous eight competitive goals after half-time
These rivals have met even eight times in the last ten years; all encounters were played in the Champions League. They didn’t play a draw yet, and the current record stands at 4-4. Each of the previous six competitive H2Hs produced over 2.5 goals.
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