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Champions League: Olympiakos face a difficult Arsenal test

| 27.09.2011

Arsenal’s relatively uncomplicated couple of weeks should continue this Wednesday when they face Olympiakos at the Emirates.

The Gunners head into this game on the back of a convincing 3-0 win against Bolton Wanderers that saw Robin van Persie grab his 100th goal for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Things look like being just as straightforward against the Greeks…

Match odds

Arsenal are 4/11 favourites for this game and, with their brilliant European home record, it’s easy to see why.

You have to go back to their 2009 semi final defeat against Manchester United to find the last time they lost in Europe at the Emirates – and that 3-1 loss is their only defeat in over 30 Champions League home games.

Meanwhile, Olympiakos head into this game on the back of three consecutive Champions League defeats and have just four away victories in the competition this past decade.

They can be backed at 7/1 to produce a big shock.

Goal markets

Arsenal come into this game having scored three goals in each of their previous three games.

With Olympiakos shipping two goals in three of their previous four Champions League away games – including a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates – backing over 2.5 goals looks worth a punt at 4/6.

Robin van Persie found the net in that 2-0 win and has scored in both of his last two Champions League games, as well as a brace in their 3-0 win over Bolton on Saturday.

They may not be the greatest goalscorer odds you’ll ever encounter, but backing the Dutchman to score at any time still looks worth backing at 8/13 – especially as he’s the Gunners’ penalty taker.



Richard Anderson