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Arsenal host Olympiakos at The Emirates Stadium hoping to pick up their first win of the 2011/12 Champions League Campaign. After a terrible start to the season, Arsenal finally seem to be getting their act together and beginning to play the football we expect.
Olympiakos travel to London as current Greek champions. In the 2010/11 season they managed to win all 15 of their home games and finished top of the league, 13 points clear of Panathinaikos. In the current season Olympiakos have only just started, playing 2 games and winning them both.
Missing out on qualification for last seasons Champions League, Olympiakos last appeared in the 2009/10 season in which they were knocked out by Bordeaux on aggregate in the first knock out stage. They are Champions League veterans, competing in the competition on 13 previous occasions.
In the above season’s group stage they met Arsenal, where they lost 2-0 in London and managed to beat The Gunners 1-0 in their home tie.
Olympiakos generally are not great travellers and did not manage to pick up a single point away from home in the 2009/10 Champions League, and only managed to score 1 goal on their travels.
Arsenal 2/5 Draw 10/3 Olympiakos 8/1
Kicking off this seasons Champions League campaign wit a home match with Marseille, Olympiakos were unspectacular in a 1-0 loss to the current French Champions.
Players to note for Olympiakos are new signing from Aston Villa Jean Makoun and veteran Serbian striker Marko Pantelic who once played for Hertha Berlin and Ajax.
Arsenal will be expected to beat Olympiakos. After a dreadful start to the league season; Picking up only 7 points in their first 6 games, they finally seem to be getting their act together after beating Bolton 3-0 at the weekend. That result may be just the tonic they need to step up for this match and build for the rest of the season.
Kicking off their 2011/12 Champions League with a decent 1-1 away draw with German champions Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal were unlucky not to take all 3 points. Dortmund managed to equalise with a very late goal.
Robin Van Persie is likely to be a significant goal threat, scoring twice at the weekend and no doubt looking to transfer his form to the European stage.
Bearing in mind that Olympiakos have lost all 9 away fixtures against English sides, conceding 29 and only scoring 1 in the process, the omens look good for Arsenal. How difficult Arsenal make it is in their own hands.
Priced at 2/5 with Paddy Power for the win, Arsenal should duly oblige. With Olympiakos’ terrible away record in European competition and Arsenal coming off the back of a good win last weekend, the 2/5 available could be a solid wager.