Arsenal v Olympiakos Prediction 4th December 2012

Chance of top spot still open for Gunners

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

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The Gunners have already qualified for the next stage of the Champions League as they beat the disappointing Montpellier on Match Day Five. But top spot is up for grabs as long as they better the result that Schalke get against Montpellier. However, the Gunners aren’t in great form at the moment and boss Arsene Wenger along with the team have been subjected to boos from their own supporters. So the Gunners need a bit of cheer, even if a win at the end of the day proves fruitless in getting top spot. It could be a chance to rediscover a bit of sharpness and cohesion ahead of the busy December schedule in the Premier League. Olympiakos, already assured of third place take nothing into this game.

Arsenal v Olympiakos Betting Odds at online bookmaker Unibet
arsenal 13/10, Olympiakos 2/1, Draw 12/5

Arsenal v Olympiakos Recommended Bet:
The Gunners have had steady progress through their Champions League Group with three wins, a draw and a loss. Their first encounter with the Greek side in the group ended in a 3-1 win for the Gunners on home soil. Their inability to get the better of Schalke though may end up costing them top spot in the group. Arsenal need to win and hope that Schalke don’t. Twelve months ago on Match Day Six, Arsenal lost at the Georgios karaiskakis Stadium. This is the third time in four seasons that the Gunners have been paired with Olympiakos and on each of the previous five meetings, the home side has won. That means Arsenal have lost on their last two visits to Greece to face Olympiakos. This is the 13th time in row that Arsenal have qualified for the knockout stage but there is a huge advantage in the last sixteen draw going to the group topping teams. So Arsenal need to produce a big performance. However, after their home defeat against Swansea in the Premier League on the weekend, they are a little short of conviction and confidence and the Gunners have won just one of their last fourteen away matches in Europe. Form in this fixture suggests a tough night for the visitors.

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Olympiakos have actually produced some good games since their loss at Arsenal. They did the double over Montpellier and then were only edged out 1-0 in Germany by Schalke.  Olympiakos produced a 3-1 win over the Gunners on Match Day Six last season. The Greeks can’t qualify and with third place already booked, meaning that they have the Europa League to look forward to, it may hand the advantage to Arsenal on the night. The Greeks have been scoring quite well with eight goals in their five matches, and with Arsenal’s defence looking vulnerable a good option to go with may be looking at both teams to score for a price of 4/6 at online bookmaker Unibet.

Olympiakos WWWLDW, Arsenal DWWDDL

Stat Attack
Olympiakos have won the previous two meetings in Greece against Arsenal
All five of the previous meetings between the two clubs have produced a win for the home side
Arsenal have won just one of the last 14 away games in Europe, losing eight in that run
Olympiakos have won four and drawn three of ten home meetings against English sides
Arsenal have two wins from seven visits to Greece

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