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Olympiacos vs Arsenal predictions, live stream options & confirmed line-ups

By Chris Smith

Olympiakos vs Arsenal preview, predictions, team news, TV coverage information, live stream, possible line-ups, Europa League

Published: 18:54, 20 February 2020

Arsenal’s Europa League knockout campaign begins when they travel to Greek giants Olympiacos on Thursday night.

The Gunners finally ended a run of four consecutive Premier League draws with a resounding 4-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday but Mikel Arteta will know the Europa League is their most likely route into next season’s Champions League.

Olympiacos find themselves here having finished third in Group B of the Champions League, although they managed just four points from six games. That said, they once again top the Greek Super League and will offer up a typically hostile atmosphere for their opponents on Thursday.

Can Arsenal take control in the first leg or will they wilt under the Greek pressure? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Olympiacos vs Arsenal and where can I watch live?

Competition: Uefa Europa League

Venue: Karaiskakis Stadium

Date: Thursday, 20 February 2020

Kick-off: 8:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 2

Live stream: BT Sport customers in the UK can stream Olympiacos vs Arsenal live via the BT Sport app.

Last five meetings: Olympiacos vs Arsenal

09 December 2015: Olympiacos 0-3 Arsenal (Uefa Champions League)

29 September 2015: Arsenal 2-3 Olympiacos (Uefa Champions League)

04 December 2012: Olympiacos 2-1 Arsenal (Uefa Champions League)

03 October 2012: Arsenal 3-1 Olympiacos (Uefa Champions League)

06 December 2011: Olympiacos 3-1 Arsenal (Uefa Champions League)

Aggregate Score: Olympiacos (LWWLW) 9-10 Arsenal (WLLWL)

Ones to watch

Olympiacos: Youssef El-Arabi

If Olympiacos are to shock Arsenal in this round-of-32 clash, they’ll have to take full advantage of the home leg and their famously hostile atmosphere.

Moroccan forward Youssef El-Arabi was the Greek side’s chief attacking threat during the Champions League group stages and Pedro Martins will look to him once again to provide a cutting edge for his side.

Key stat: El-Arabi scored three goals during the Champions League group stages — more than any other Olympiacos player.

Arsenal: Dani Ceballos

He’s not had it easy during his time at Arsenal so far, but Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos had an excellent game on his return against Newcastle at the weekend.

The Real Madrid loanee notched up an impressive 96% pass completion rate — the highest of any starting player — made three key passes and attempted three dribbles in a controlling, dynamic performance.

This is just the sort of midfield verve Arteta has been searching for and Ceballos will look to back-up that positive performance here.

Key stat: Ceballos has completed 82.17 passes per 90 minutes in the Europa League this season — more than any other Arsenal player.

Confirmed Olympiacos line-up

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Confirmed Arsenal line-up

Squawka prediction

Despite this being Arsenal’s most likely route into next season’s Champions League, Arteta will be demanding more consistent form in the Premier League and, thus, will be tempted to make a few changes to his starting XI here.

That said, the Gunners still possess a squad deep with quality and although they’ve struggled against Olympiacos in the past, should be good for a valuable draw in this first leg — an away goal would be the icing on the cake.

Scoreline prediction: Olympiacos 1-1 Arsenal

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