Arsenal return to the Emirates for the second leg of their round of 32 clash with Olympiakos on Thursday, taking a 1-0 advantage back from Greece last week.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners have enjoyed an upturn in form recently and come into this game off the back of three straight wins in all competitions, thrashing Newcastle 4-0, digging deep to come back from an early setback against Everton and win 3-2, grinding out a great 1-0 in Athens last week - it wasn’t their prettiest performance but they got the job done.
Arsenal are actually the only side in the entirety of English football to remain unbeaten in all competitions in 2020, and previously only suffered one narrow defeat with Arteta as manager.
They’ll be looking to keep that record going into this, with a one-goal advantage. Without another game until Monday, against League One side Portsmouth in the FA Cup (their originally scheduled Premier League game against Man City has been postponed due to the League Cup final), the schedule allows Arteta to call upon his best players here.
That could mean leaning on young Brazilian talent Gabriel Martinelli, 18, who is already up to 11 goals in all competitions and their top scorer in the Europa League with three in the group stage.
Olympiakos, meanwhile, will make the trip to the Emirates still hoping they can turn this tie around. They come into this game in excellent domestic form with eight wins from the last nine league games (and eight clean sheets from the last ten).
We recommend backing another low-scoring affair here, with Olympiakos looking sturdy defensively and Arsenal improving in that regard too.
Under 2.5 Goals – 11/10 with bet365
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