Great Britain

Olympiacos vs Arsenal predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Europa League fixture

Arsenal travel to Athens to take on Olympiacos in the last 32 of the Europa League knowing this could be their best chance to salvage their season and claim Champions League football next year.

The Gunners fell one short last term with defeat to Chelsea in the final.

The Blues are just seven points away in fourth, but the issue may be the five other teams between them, meaning the Europa League could emerge as Mikel Arteta’s priority.

Download the new Independent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

In what could be the first step for the Spaniard towards the final in Gdansk, the Gunners will have to carry over their form from the weekend against Pedro Martins’ side, who put up a fight against Bayern and Tottenham in the Champions League group stage.

Here is everything you need to know about the Olympiacos match.

When is the match?

The match kicks off at 8pm at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Athens on 20 February.

What TV channel is it on? Is there a live stream?

The match will be shown on BT Sport 2 for UK subscribers with coverage starting at 8pm immediately after Club Brugge against Manchester United, which kicks off at 5:15pm.

Fans can obtain a live stream through the BT Sport App on mobile devices.

Team News

Algerian striker Hillal Soudani is out for the Greek side, while Bruno Gaspar is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

Kieran Tierney is still a few weeks away from returning, while Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares are not match fit. Mesut Ozil will miss the game with his wife close to giving birth.

Arsenal celebrate scoring against Newcastle (Getty)

Predicted line-ups

Olympiacos: José Sá; Elabdellaoui, Semedo, Ba, Tsimikas; Guilherme, Bouchalakis, Camara; Valbuena, Masouras; El Arabi

Arsenal: Martínez; Bellerín, David Luiz, Sokratis, Saka; Xhaka, Torreira; Aubameyang, Ceballos, Martinelli; Lacazette


The fortuitous Alexandre Lacazette goal in stoppage time against Newcastle will see the Frenchman confident once more, with the squad all seemingly buying into Arteta’s philosophy. We expect the Gunners to score away from home, but the Greek side have a strong home record after beating Red Star, giving Spurs a scare in a 2-2 draw and pushing Bayern in a 3-2 loss. We’ll opt for a 2-2 draw in Athens.

Football news:

🔙 Spanish football will return for the second half of Rayo Albacete. The first one was played six months ago, when the match was stopped because of zozuli's insults
Ulreich doesn't want to be Bayern's third goalie. He can move to Schalke
Lionel Scaloni: Lautaro will get better playing with Messi. He has a great future, but we need to give everything we can
The reading player criticized Phil Neville: I was hurt by the words that the England team was used as a springboard
Casillas on the best players in the history of Real Madrid: Di Stefano and Ronaldo
Well, have you already learned the Bundesliga heroes in person? Now check!
Kevin-Prince Boateng on racism: The police stop me for no reason. People cross to the other side of the street when I walk