The red and white battle
Arsenal travel to Athens to face off against Olympiacos during the first leg of their round of 16 matchup. Olympiacos will be looking to make the most of their home advantage whilst Arsenal will surely be be eyeing an away goal or two setting them up for success before the second leg.
The greek outfit can be found a whopping 16 points above second placed Aris and have already been crowned domestic champions despite having 1 game to go. This total dominance has afforded them the ability of solely focusing on their Europa League engagements, a competition they will feel they have a good chance of winning due to how good they have been thus far.
Olympiacos lost only 1(!) game during the duration of the season and have amassed the goal difference of 61-12, further evidence of their total domination.
The Athenian's boast a strong and rather well-known squad including the likes of former Arsenal man Sokratis as well as frenchmen Yann M'vila and Valbuena meaning that they certainly have the quality and ability to punish Arsenal if they become too complacent.
The Gunners laboured to an unfortunate 1-1 draw against Burnley last time out due to complacency in front of both goals as well as some really iffy refereeing. The draw proved that Arsenal still have a lot to work on despite their emphatic and comprehensive win against 3rd placed Leicester the week before.
Auba is back
A large positive is however that captain and talisman Aubameyang seems to have found his scoring boots again meaning Arsenal as a whole have become that much more dangerous.
The importance of scoring away goals in these double leg meetings is hardly an obscure fact and with Auba in form, i can definitely see Arsenal bagging 1 or maybe even 2 goals in Athens, setting them up for success whether the return leg is played in London or anywhere else.
Arsenal have definitely found their scoring boots as of late but they still have a tendency of conceding easy and unnecessary goals which is why i will be backing Both teams to score and Arsenal or draw at 2.20 with Betway.