Looking to finish the job off in North London, Arsenal will welcome Olympiakos to the Emirates for the second-leg of their round of 32 Europa League showdown after picking up what could be a crucial 1-0 win out in Greece last week.
Showing some real improvements since bringing in new boss Mikel Arteta, the Gunners managed to land what was a dramatic 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday and now find themselves in the midst of a 10-match unbeaten run across all competitions.
On the flip side, while Olympiakos may have managed to pick up what could be a crucial 1-0 win over Super League rivals PAOK on the road, the Greek outfit do hold a worrying European record, particularly outside of Piraeus.
Dropping out of the Champions League after losing four of their last five group stage appearances, Pedro Martins’ men have also lost each of their last three consecutive matchups on foreign soil.
With the Gunners picking up a 1-0 win last Thursday, you might be interested to know that a home victory on Thursday night can be found priced at 1/2 with Paddy Power.
Aubameyang to steal the show?
Showing some much-needed resolve to come from behind to snatch three points off of Everton over the weekend, few around the Emirates would have expected Mikel Arteta’s immediate impact in North London.
Winning their last three matches on the bounce and suddenly dreaming of mounting a Premier League top-four charge, the Gunners have also begun to show a real spark in the final third.
Along with putting four past Newcastle earlier in the month, there is no doubt that Pep Guardiola’s former right-hand man will be most impressed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s scintillating run of form.
Bagging a brace against Everton on Sunday and putting in a Man of the Match display, the former Borussia Dortmund striker has now landed three strikes in back-to-back matches at the Emirates and he should be confident of extending that tally in midweek.
The Gabon forward already has 17 Premier League goals this season, just five fewer than the 22 which saw him share the golden boot with Salah and team-mate Sadio Mane last season.
You might be interested to know that betting offers like Arsenal’s MVP can be found priced at 5/6 with Ladbrokes to once again find the net on Thursday night.
Olympiakos’ European issues on the road
While Olympiakos might be marching towards yet another Super League title after picking up a 1-0 win over main title contenders PAOK on Sunday, the midweek guests famously don’t like their trips across Europe.
Despite being left disappointed to have seen Arsenal snatch what could be a crucial away goal last week, Pedro Martins’ men lost each of their three Champions League matchups on the road this season and continued to show some rather glaring issues at the back.
Along with ending their group stage campaign with a 4-2 defeat away at another North London outfit in Tottenham back in November, the Greek giants were also left humiliated after a 3-1 hammering at Czech side Crvena Zvezda.
Also hit with back-to-back defeats against Dynamo Kyiv and Real Betis in their last Europa League appearances outside of Piraeus, you might be interested to know that Olympiakos can be found pencilled in at 8/13 with William Hill to once again ship over 1.5 goals in the English capital on Thursday night.