Our prediction for this Europa League match:
A spot in the Europa League last 16 will be at stake when Arsenal and Olympiakos face each other at Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening. Even though Olympiakos dominated the second half, Arsenal did well to beat the Greek outfit thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal. The Gunners aim to defend their slim lead in the return leg, and we predict that they are going to advance to the last 16 without any difficulties.
Important defender Sokratis picked up a knock in the 1-0 win over Olympiakos, but he should be fit for the return leg. The Thrylos are tough to beat at home, but given their poor away record in European competitions, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to London. You should bear in mind that Arsenal registered seven wins in the previous eight home games in the Europa League.
Highlighted Player (David Luiz):
The Brazilian defender David Luiz started his football career in the youth in Vitoria, one of the five oldest football clubs of Brazil. Luiz makes his debut in 2005 in the club's first team and will continue to play football until 2007.
In 2007, the Portuguese Benfica gets David to Europe where he is the substitute of Ricardo Rocha. He first comes on loan, later Benfica takes him finally over. From the 2009-2010 season Luiz becomes a fixture and one sees that it has achieved a class defender at home. The Portuguese give him a new contract with a fixed transfer fee for interested clubs from 50 million euros. David Luiz plays from 2006 to 2010 in Benefica. In 2010,with this club, he becomes champion in Portugal. In both 2009 and 2010 the Taca Da Liga is won, the second Portuguese Cup competition.
In October 2011, the English Chelsea makes a bid of 25 million euros on the defender. A transfer that Benfica (despite Luiz contracted price of 50 million) cannot deny. Although David Luiz not immediately gets a starting position, he is, with 20 league games and 11 matches in the Champions league in the 2011-2012 season, hugely important for the team. Luiz also won the Champions League that year. From the 2012-2013 season, Luiz is a basic player for Chelsea. He knows the club that season does not overwinter in the Champions League but manages to win the Europa League. In the 2013-2014 season he played 34 official matches for Chelsea eight in the Champions League. In the Premier League the club finishes third in the Champions League Londoners in the semi-finals to be eliminated by Atletico Madrid (3-1).
Highlighted Team (Olympiacos):
Olympiakos are regarded as one of the biggest club in Greece. The Thrylos were founded back in 1925 and they play their home games at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus. The capacity of the stadium is 33 296. In 2016 Olympiakos won their 43rd Greek Superleague trophy and it has to be noted that they clinched their sixth consecutive domestic title.
However, the club’s biggest success came in 1999 as they participated in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Red and whites were beaten by Juventus in the two-legged tie. It is well known that Panathinaikos are considered the club’s bitterest rivals and the two teams share a great and long-standing rivalry.
The likes of AEK and PAOK are regarded as Olympiakos’ fierce opponents as well. The likes of Javier Saviola, Kevin Mirallas, Darko Kovacevic, Lomana LuaLua, Joel Campbell, Rivaldo and Marko Pantelic are notable footballers who played for the club in the past. Olympiakos fans are friends with Red Star Belgrade supporters.