Nigerian international, Brown Ideye, will be in hot chase for goals as his Olympiakos outfit battle for a point at the expense of English side, Arsenal to go through in the UEFA Champions League tie tonight.
Second place in UEFA Champions League Group F has come down to a straight contest between Olympiacos FC and Arsenal to decide who goes through behind section winners FC Bayern Munich.
On 29 September, Olympiacos stunned the London side with a thrilling 3-2 win at the Arsenal Stadium. They led three times with the hosts twice battling back to equalise before Alfred Finnbogason’s 66th-minute strike proved decisive.
A 3-2 victory would be good enough for Arsenal to go through on overall goal difference; in fact any win will suffice for them apart from 1-0 or 2-1.
Previous meetings
The clubs are in the same group for the fourth time in seven seasons, having also been drawn together in 2009/10, 2011/12 and 2012/13. In each of those campaigns Olympiacos hosted Arsenal on matchday six.
The matchday two contest broke a sequence: each of the six preceding games had been won by the home team with Olympiacos recording 1-0, 3-1 and 2-1 victories respectively in Greece.
Three years ago, Olympiacos came from behind in Piraeus after Tomáš Rosický had put the Gunners ahead, Giannis Maniatis and Kostas Mitroglou scoring in the second half. Arsenal were already assured of finishing second in the group behind FC Schalke 04, while the Greek club were third.
Match background
The Greek side, in the group stage for the 17th time, began with a 3-0 home loss to Bayern. They followed the Arsenal win with another away victory, 1-0 against GNK Dinamo Zagreb, before a 2-1 home win against the same team, but they lost 4-0 in Munich last time out.
Last season Olympiacos finished third in Group A, completing a clean sweep of home wins in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time since 2009/10.
Having transferred to the UEFA Europa League they were defeated in the round of 32, losing 2-0 away to FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk ahead of a 2-2 home draw.
They began last season with a 3-2 win against 2013/14 finalists Club Atlético de Madrid in Piraeus and also beat Juventus and Malmö FF at Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis.
Olympiacos have not been so successful when playing host to other English visitors: winning three and losing three of the nine fixtures. Overall their record is W7 D3 L15.
Apart from a 2-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund on matchday one, Arsenal won all last season’s away games in the competition but bowed out in the round of 16 for the fifth year in a row. A 3-1 home defeat by AS Monaco FC did the damage, a 2-0 away win not enough to prevent an away-goals defeat.
The Gunners’ 18th successive group stage campaign began in September with a 2-1 defeat in Zagreb. They were up against it after the Olympiacos reverse but then beat Bayern 2-0 at home, although they subsequently lost 5-1 away.


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