Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium will host the Europa League clash between Olympiakos and Arsenal. The Thrylos managed to defend their slim lead in the tie against PSV at Philips Stadion, but it is more than obvious that the Greek outfit struggle at the back. Given Arsenal’s attacking potential, we do not believe that the hosts are capable of keeping a clean sheet in Thursday’s clash.
The Gunners, on the other hand, did well to eliminate Benfica in the last 32, and they head into the Olympiakos clash following a 1-1 draw with Burnley. Since they failed to turn their dominance into victory in the Turf Moor clash, we believe that away win should be considered. Mikel Arteta should have a full squad to choose from, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Premier League side.
Highlighted Player (El Arabi Hillel Soudani):
The 28-year-old Algeria international forward El Arabi Hillel Soudani has been with Dinamo Zagreb since 2013. He began his professional career at ASO Chief and has also represented Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes. Algeria's seventh-highest goalscorer in history, Soudani featured in 2013 and 2015 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Soon after his arrival to Croatia, El Arani Hillal Soudani became one of the most valuable members of the first-team. The 28-year-old striker scored some of the highly important goals for the club, one of which was his Champions League playoff goal during extra time of the match with RB Salzburg in August 2016.
The Algeria international scored a winning goal for his side in a 2-1 triumph which was enough to secure a Champions League group stage participation for the Croatian giants, their fourth since 2010.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.