Olympiakos Piraeus vs Arsenal: Are Gunners without ammunition?
Olympiakos Piraeus vs Arsenal: Match preview
Olympiakos and Arsenal are playing the first leg of the 1/16 Finals of the Europa League at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus. In one of the more interesting clashes at the start of the knockout phase, the forces will be weighed down by old Champions League acquaintances, when there have been four-time group stage rivals since 2009.
Olympiakos team news:
Olympiacos finished third overall (4 points) in Group B of the Champions League, behind Bayern and Tottenham, and ahead of Red Star. Although in all the games they gave strong resistance to the favored rivals, but in the last game against the Red Star they were still very lucky.
Belgrade Red and White hit a crossbar from the penalty spot in the first half, so that the team from Piraeus successfully executed a shot from the white spot in the 87th minute, thus winning the third spot. In the Greek Super League, they are the leading team after 24 rounds, still undefeated, with two points ahead of runner-up PAOK. They have received only 9 goals, making them the best defensive team in one of the strongest European leagues.
In the duel against Arsenal, they will look for their chance at home, where they are much more convincing and have great support from the stand.
Probable lineup: Jose Sa, Elabdellaoui, Semedo, Cisse, Tsimikas, Guilherme, Bouchalakis, Camara, Valbuena, Masouras, El Arabi.
Arsenal team news:
Arsenal is going through a pretty turbulent season, which could very easily end up being the worst in the last 25 years. Mikel Arteta is the third coach to lead them this season, after Unai Emery and Fredrik Ljungberg.
After the 26th round of the Premier League, they are only in 10th place, with as many as 13 draws, and have big problems with defense, having received as many as 34 goals. They have been undefeated in the last eight games but have drawn four times in the period. In the Europa League, they finished first in the group with Eintracht, Standard and Guimaraes.
As things stand, next season they could lose the Champions League, which would be the fourth in a row without appearing in an elite European competition. Given City’s penalty, a five-team squad could win a Champions League appearance and a convincing win over Newcastle over the Emirates this weekend restores hope (4-0) to the London team.
However, the question remains whether it is more realistic to cast an elite ticket through the Premier League or the Europa League. Mikel Arteta in Piraeus cannot count on Chambers, Tierney, Ozil and Cedric, and Torreira is questioned.
Probable lineup: Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Sokratis, Kolašinac, Xhaka, Ceballos, Pepe, Wilock, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Both teams have chances. That is why we believe that both teams will score in this match.
Where to watch:
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