Do you know when Olympiacos last conceded a goal in an away match? That was back in November which translates to 10 away matches without a goal against. On the spin! Even in Greece that is some stat to bring along to Emirates Stadium. Is it enough to make Arsenal sweat after going 1-0 down in the reverse match though?
Alexandre Lacazette got the only goal of a tight game last week, keeping up his scoring run after breaking his drought against. Manager Mikel Arteta displayed his intentions for this competition, as he fielded a strong side in Piraeus. Clearly, he has his sights set on taking it at least one step further.
Bukayo Saka provided Lacazette with his goal last week. He is an 18-year-old player last week positioned as a left-back. His attacking abilities are great as well though with four assists and one goal on his resume in his last five games. Sitting out the weekend win against Everton, we expect Arteta to field him in the line up again on Thursday.
Arsenal, of course, have the upper hand but there are still weaknesses for Olympiakos to exploit. Everton opened the scoring on Sunday match in the opening minute after clumsy defending. The Greeks will hope for an equally unfocused side from the start on Thursday. Goalie Bernd Leno did not exactly excel himself either. He has been good this season though, but it provides a bit of hope for the visitors.
Early goals from Gunners
An early goal from Arsenal can, of course, kill the match off, so Olympiacos will be wary of conceding. At some point, they will have to open up and then things have a tendency to go awfully wrong. At least it did in the group stages in the Champions League.
Olympiacos took a surprise two-goal lead when last visiting London, eventually losing 4-2 to Tottenham though. All three away matches were lost by a margin of two goals conceding nine goals in total. They won their last trip to the Emirates though, a 3-2 win back in 2015. We don’t expect another tight match when it comes to goals and backs the over 2.5 goals.