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Arsenal vs Olympiacos predictions for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League fixture at Emirates Stadium. The hosts look to capitalise on their narrow first-leg victory. Read on for our free Europa League predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

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Arsenal and Both Teams To Score @ 21/10

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Arsenal 3-2 @ 20/1

Reason For Arsenal vs Olympiacos Predictions

  • Arsenal have scored two or more goals in seven of their last eight UEL home matches. They’ve won seven of those eight.
  • Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last five Europa League matches.

Gunners poised

There wasn’t a great deal between Arsenal and their Greek opponents last week, though when it came to cutting edge and final-third productivity, it was the Gunners who were the better side. As a result, Mikel Arteta’s men return home in a position of strength. They’ve got an aggregate lead, have an away goal in the bag and are thus poised to land the final blow.

On the continent this time around, Arsenal have delivered a typically mixed bag. Offensively, they’ve almost always looked strong, but they’ve failed to keep teams quiet on a regular basis, conceding in each of their last four group matches, shipping two or more in three of those four.

Fortunately, at home, the Gunners have done enough offensively to suggest that they can get the job done on Thursday, though their defensive exploits don’t exactly point towards them doing so without complication.

Visitors struggling

In terms of intent, Olympiacos matched Arsenal in the first leg, while they also matched their opponents in terms of shots, but in terms of real end-product they were lacking.

However, all is not lost for the Greeks, who are certainly capable of better. Thursday’s opponents entered the Europa League having scored plenty of goals in a Champions League group that contained both Spurs and Bayern Munich. In fact, Olympiacos scored against both of those sides, notching twice when visiting North London earlier in the season.

What doesn’t bode well for the visitors is their defensive record in Europa this season. They failed to keep a travelling clean sheet in the Champions League, while they looked anything but defensively strong a week ago.

More of the same for both

Arsenal won the first leg and there’s no reason why they cannot follow up on Thursday. That said, punters are advised to take a less conventional approach and side with ‘Arsenal to Win & Both Teams to Score’. The visitors failed to score in Greece, but now must be much more attacking, while many of their Champions League efforts point towards them hurting an Arsenal defence that has rarely been secure this season. Add in arsenal’s knack for notching multiple goals at home in this competition, alongside the fact that they’re undoubtedly a better team in terms of end-product, and backing the hosts, who’ve conceded in four of their last five UEL matches, to win without keeping a clean sheet appeals.

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