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Olympiakos vs Arsenal Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on December 4, 2012
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Arsenal are in Greece to take on Olympiakos in their final Champions League Group B clash hoping to secure victory and with it, top spot in the table.

We’ve already secured qualification to the knockout stages so Arsene Wenger has taken the opportunity to rest the majority of the first-team squad, despite the fact defeat would see us finish second in the group.

Given the lacklustre performances of recent weeks and the obvious fact that many players are in need of a rest, i back the boss on his decision. Many players like Cazorla, Podolski and Arteta have looked tired in recent games and this represents the best opportunity to rest them given how important Saturday’s game with West Brom has now become.

Even with a fully-fit team out tonight it would be a tough task to win the game, and even a win wouldn’t guarantee us topping the group as we’re relying on Schalke to drop points at Montpellier as well, plus topping the group doesn’t bring with it enough benefit to justify fielding our strongest eleven, so I’m happy to give the reserves a go.

Team News

Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla have all been left back in London.

This gives youngsters Zak Ansah, Sead Hajrovic, Elton Monteiro, Chuba Akpom and James Shea the chance to taste first-team action tonight, although they are all expected to start from the bench. Sebastien Squillaci is the only other senior centre back in the squad along with Vermaelen, so he’s expected to play. Oh dear.

While the team is going to be severely under-strength, we will still be able to call upon Wojciech Szczesny, Thomas Vermaelen, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while outcasts Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh are also excerpted to feature.

With Andre Santos still out with a stomach injury, the left back birth is likely to be filled by youngster Jernade Meade, who impressed during a cameo against Reading in the Capital One Cup.

Olympiakos will be without defender Jose Holebas who serves a one-match ban after collecting his third yellow card of the group stages against Schalke last time out. Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll may come in to the starting eleven

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

The home side can play without fear as they have already secured third place and with it Europa League football, so it’s pretty-much a dead rubber for them. But they have an excellent home record and i have a feeling this is going to be a tough night for us. A draw would be a good result, but sadly i can’t see this eleven getting all three points against the tricky Greek outfit. Olympiakos 2-1 Arsenal.

What would your team be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.

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14 Comments

  1. Skeleman37

    December 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I will give it 2 arsenal 3 vs olimpics 2

  2. Akeem kareem

    December 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I will give arsnal 3 olypicos 1

  3. Raymond

    December 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Arsenal to win this one by 3 goals to 1

  4. obert choto

    December 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    we gonna win in greece

  5. BigBarry

    December 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Arsenal 2-Olmpiacos 0

  6. Alaka akeem

    December 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Arsenalfc 1 olympiakos 2

  7. Salisu Journalist

    December 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I wish Arsenal must win todays match, and i hope Arsenal should sign quality playrs by january transfer window, if we want to maintain our position and dignity pls.

  8. temi-tope

    December 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    i give arsenal 3 olympiacos 1 in january transfer arsenal go for tiote and de baba, up gunner.

  9. Haleluya

    December 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Amen! My God is faithful… Arsenal will win tonight

  10. vantricee

    December 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    As far as ramsey is in d startin line up,arsenal ve lost already,coz he is full with bad luck,even wen d lyks of cesc,nasiri,rvp,song were in d team olympiacos ve beat arsenal trice,so A̶̲̥̅̊м̣̣̥̇ not expecting anytin dan arsenal losing,I just pray d goals will not be much!

  11. SMELLA

    December 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Wateva result am comfortable. Topng d group dznt mean we r safe. It hapened last season bt stl we faild 2 go beyond last 16. Th only tng i wud luv 2 c hapening z 2 prevent Barca, maldrid, BvB thats all.

  12. abhilash

    December 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    3-1 loss to Olympiacos like last year. See the line up, sebastian squillaci is there.

  13. Theiry Henry

    December 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Djorou will be picked ahead of Squillachi and Arshavin ahead of Gervinho.

  14. Nhial cham

    December 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Arsenal will win by 3 goal to 1

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