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867294 13:45 Stoke City vs Manchester United 3.31 3.16 2.37
867288 16:00 Manchester City vs Sunderland AFC 1.23 6.87 12.52
867289 16:00 Liverpool FC vs Leicester City 1.94 3.82 3.82
867290 16:00 Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City 1.44 4.90 7.18
867291 16:00 Swansea City vs West Bromwich Albion 1.97 3.35 4.28
867292 16:00 Chelsea FC vs Watford FC 1.48 4.54 6.91
867293 16:00 Aston Villa vs West Ham United 2.64 3.18 2.89
867296 16:00 Bournemouth AFC vs Crystal Palace 2.41 3.35 3.05
867295 18:30 Newcastle United vs Everton FC 3.12 3.57 2.28
873523 20:45 Southampton FC vs Arsenal FC 3.61 3.56 2.08

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Manchester United v Norwich City:Match Preview

Louis van Gaal is under pressure having gone five games without a win ahead of the visit of the Canaries on Saturday

David de Gea insists Manchester United are working hard to turn their form around as Norwich City prepare to head to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.

Louis van Gaal’s side are without a win in their last five games in all competitions and are six points behind table-topping Leicester City following a 2-1 defeat at  Bournemouth last weekend.

However, United have been strong on their own turf this season and are yet to be beaten in seven home league matches.

With four fixtures in the space of two weeks approaching, including the visit of Chelsea, goalkeeper De Gea hopes hard work on the training ground pays off.

“We know that the month of December is always a tough one with a lot of fixtures, and the tiredness can build up, so we need to come out of it at the end with a few good results,” De Gea told United’s official website.

“We’re working on it right now. We’re training hard and we’re preparing well so we can go into those games at our highest level of fitness in order to get through December well-placed near the top of the league.”

Defensive injuries have forced Van Gaal to hand debuts to the likes of Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. United, though, have been formidable at the back this season, conceding just 12 league goals and having kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League with nine. Norwich, by comparison, have kept the fewest (one).

The emergence of Varela and Borthwick-Jackson excites De Gea and he believes it signals a bright future for the club.

“I think we have a very young side and I think that the youngsters who are coming up through the youth ranks are fitting in really well,” he added.

“They are all good players and after all they represent the future of Manchester United and I reckon that gradually they will become the side of the future and we’re all delighted that they’re with us.”

Norwich have only beaten United twice in the Premier League, though neither of those came at Old Trafford.

Alex Neil’s side have only been victorious once in their last 11 games in all competitions and sit in the relegation zone due to an inferior goal difference to Swansea City.

The Norwich boss will remain without Andre Wisdom (hamstring) and Matt Jarvis (knee) as he looks to end a run of four straight top-flight defeats on the road.

Van Gaal could welcome Wayne Rooney back to the side with the striker’s recovery from an ankle injury that has kept him out since last month’s clash with Leicester nearing completion.

Should he feature at Old Trafford, the captain will become the 10th United player to reach 500 appearances for the club.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, however, will be suspended, but Chris Smalling (groin), Matteo Darmian (hamstring) and Ander Herrera (hamstring) could return.

Opta Facts

  • Manchester United have kept six clean sheets in their last seven Premier league games at Old Trafford.
  • Norwich City have won just one of their last 19 Barclays Premier League away games (W1 D5 L13).
  • Juan Mata has scored four goals in six Premier League appearances against Norwich.
  • Norwich have lost 11 and won two of their 14 Premier League meetings with Manchester United.
  • Wes Hoolahan has been involved in more goals in the Premier League this season than any other Norwich City player (seven – two goals, five assists).
  • Manchester United have won 10 and lost just one of their last 15 Premier league games at Old Trafford.
  • Wayne Rooney has netted three goals and provided three assists in four Premier League games against the Canaries.
  • Rooney’s next appearance for Manchester United will be his 500th for the club – only nine players have reached this landmark for the club.

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As at this post Manchester United has 1.45  odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Norwich   has 7.74 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.54

Betting: Ramos and Hiddink the early favourites to replace Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

After an disappointing start to their title defence the Portuguese boss has paid the price for poor results and the betting on who will succeed him looks particularly open

Jose Mourinho has left Stamford Bridge for a second time. Despite signing a new contract in the summer on the back of winning the Premier League title there has been a distinct change of mood around the club.

Another poor performance against surprise leaders Leicester City the club’s hierarchy have decided the time was right to part ways with the 52-year-old.

Leading the betting to replace him are two men both priced at 3/1 (4.00). Former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos has been heavily linked to the role as an interim measure, with a lack of suitable long term replacements available until the summer.

One man who could represent an interesting bet is Guus Hiddink at 3/1 (4.0), the former Netherlands boss spent time at Chelsea as the interim boss in 2009, a role in which he excelled, losing only once and winning the FA Cup. His commitments to the Russia job meant he left the position at the end of the season but having been extremely popular with the playing staff, he could be an ideal interim boss again for the struggling Premier League side.

One key factor in a next manager market at this stage of the season is that despite any potential replacement being termed an interim appointment, most bookmakers will pay out on them as the permanent manager if they take charge of 10 league games. Be sure to check the terms and conditions of your bookmaker of choice prior to placing a bet.

Carlo Ancelotti is another high profile free agent who is sure to attract the attention of Europe’s top clubs when there is a managerial free agent. He’s also a 4/1 (5.0) chance.

Ancelotti left Real Madrid in the summer and in that regard his recent club experience and considerable achievements would surely give him a significant advantage over Capello if the 56-year-old would consider returning to the club where he spent almost two years when replacing Guus Hiddink. Despite being sacked in his second year, Ancelotti did win a Premier League and FA Cup double in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

Paddy Power offer 4/1 (5.0) that it is current Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola that replaces Mourinho, albeit that price looks a little short given that the former Barcelona man is under contract until the summer and unlikely to break his agreement with the Bavarian giants. There has also been significant interest from Manchester City and although Guardiola is believed to be announcing his decision to leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the current campaign, there will be plenty of suitors or the hottest managerial property in the world.

The same firm offer 10/1 (11.0) that it is former England manager Fabio Capello who replaces Mourinho, an option given the Italian’s availability.

Capello has confirmed that the job would interest him and has been vocal in his criticism of Mourinho in recent months, claiming that the players are mentally drained and “were no longer able to give him what he wants”. The 69-year-old’s last role in club football was in 2007 at Real Madrid, prior to spells with the Three Lions and Russia.

Having spent time at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, third favourite in the market is Brendan Rodgers at 6/1 (7.0).

This poses a difficult question for punters, namely, would the club opt for a man who knows the club, has previous experience and is potentially immediately available but has just been sacked from a position where he never won any silverware, even on a short term basis?

It seems unlikely that the London club would move to bring back Rodgers given the way he left Liverpool just a couple of months ago and his desire to have a longer break from . The current situation dictates that an interim appointment seems likely with a more permanent manager brought in after the current season has ended.

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851567 16:00 Everton FC vs Leicester City 2.03 3.66 3.66
851568 16:00 Chelsea FC vs Sunderland AFC 1.30 5.50 11.25
851570 16:00 Stoke City vs Crystal Palace 2.42 3.21 3.16
851571 16:00 West Bromwich Albion vs Bournemouth AFC 2.47 3.25 3.06
851573 16:00 Manchester United vs Norwich City 1.48 4.44 7.16
851575 16:00 Southampton FC vs Tottenham Hotspur 2.62 3.31 2.81
851574 18:30 Newcastle United vs Aston Villa 2.02 3.49 3.88
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851572 14:30 Watford FC vs Liverpool FC 4.02 3.48 1.99
851569 17:00 Swansea City vs West Ham United 2.07 3.40 3.80


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853359 21:00 Arsenal FC vs Manchester City 2.41 3.55 2.91



Leicester City vs Chelsea FC: Match Preview

Jose Mourinho agrees with Claudio Ranieri that a top-four Barclays Premier League finish remains possible for Chelsea and challenged the champions to kickstart their domestic resurgence against the division’s surprise package.

Monday’s match will have the two sides in somewhat of a role reversal from previous meetings, with Leicester the high-flying form side and Chelsea in need of points to move away from the lower reaches of the top flight.

Leicester are 17 points ahead of Mourinho’s men, although they could be toppled from the summit by Arsenal, Manchester City or Manchester United before the clash at the King Power Stadium.

Chelsea ensured UEFA Champions League progression with victory over Mourinho’s former club Porto in midweek, but languish in the bottom half after a shock home defeat to AFC Bournemouth last weekend.

Ranieri backed his former team this week to claim a top-four spot and Mourinho, who succeeded the Italian at Stamford Bridge when he started his first tenure at Chelsea in 2004, takes a similar view, while holding his opposite number in the highest regard.

“One year ago they were bottom of the league and Ranieri was sacked by the Greece national team for losing to the Faroe Islands, now he is the top manager in the Premier League and their players are top of the league,” said the Portuguese. “That’s the beauty, it’s fantastic.

“Nobody has any doubt that he hasn’t forgotten his time at Chelsea. Everyone who is at this club for a certain period of time likes the club very much and Ranieri is showing the nice feeling he has, but I also believe what he says [about a top-four finish].

“Before we lost three points against Bournemouth I was absolutely convinced about finishing fourth in the table and I was convinced about a great December for us. While it’s mathematically possible we have to try.”

Mourinho has a fully fit squad to choose from, while Matty James and Ritchie De Laet (ankle) are Leicester’s only absentees, the former having made his return from a cruciate ligament injury in last week’s Under-21s defeat to Villarreal.

Ranieri has Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez fit and firing, with the Englishman having scored or assisted in 13 consecutive Barclays Premier League matches.

Mahrez’s hat-trick ensured Leicester a 3-0 win over Swansea City last time out and captain Wes Morgan says his side have nothing to fear.

“[The pressure] is on Chelsea a little bit,” Morgan told the club’s website. “They’re not in the best of form at the moment and they should be doing a lot better.

“We can’t write them off because they’re a fantastic team with fantastic players. At some point we know they will come good and go on a run of winning games.

“Everyone expects them to win every game but we’re full of confidence and we should be looking to get a win.

“I think we just need to carry on playing how we have been. It’s worked so far this season, the boys know their jobs and their roles and we just want to continue our run.”

Chelsea (from): Begovic, Blackman, Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Djilobodji, Ivanovic, Rahman, Terry, Zouma, Fabregas, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Mikel, Oscar, Ramires, Traore, Willian, Costa, Falcao, Kenedy, Pedro, Remy.

Leicester City (from): Schmeichel, Schwarzer, Benalouane, Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Wasilewski, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Dyer, Hammond, Inler, Kante, King, Mahrez, Schlupp, Dodoo, Kramaric, Okazaki, Ulloa, Vardy.

Match Appointments
Mark Clattenburg Assistants: S Beck, J Collin Fourth Official: G Scott

Match Facts
    – Leicester City have won seven and lost one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League home matches.
– Chelsea have won the last six BPL meetings with Leicester.
– Jose Mourinho’s side have won one of their last eight league away matches (W1 D2 L5).
– Since losing to Chelsea in April, Leicester have lost one of their last 19 BPL matches (W12 D6 L1).
– The Foxes have recovered 10 points from losing positions this season, more than any other team in the competition.
– N’Golo Kante has made more interceptions than any other top-flight player this season (64).
– Jamie Vardy has scored or assisted in 13 consecutive BPL games, beating Stan Collymore’s run of 12 set between March and August 1995.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Leicester City  has 3.13  odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Chelsea has 2.33 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.43

Barcelona v Deportivo: Betting Preview

Concerns over the South American duo loom for the Catalans ahead of Saturday’s Liga clash with Deportivo at Camp Nou

Barcelona will face their final Liga match before the Club World Cup against Deportivo with concerns over the fitness of star duo Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Neymar, who has been nominated alongside Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the final three contenders for the Ballon d’Or for the first time in his career, picked up a groin injury in training this week and was forced to miss the 1-1 Champions League draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

Messi, meanwhile, also sat out a recovery training session on Thursday, though the club cited “personal reasons” for his absence rather the hamstring problem it was feared he had suffered in Germany.

Both forwards are now in doubt for the clash with Deportivo at Camp Nou on Saturday and Barca will be anxious over their availability for the Club World Cup, with the European champions heading to Tokyo in the coming days.

With Neymar injured and question marks raised over Messi following that tough encounter in Germany on Wednesday, Deportivo full-back Luisinho believes they have a strong chance of extending their unbeaten run to six matches.

“It’s a pretty difficult game. We have the hope of taking something and the moment is good, because the team are going through a good moment. That’s ideal to play against Barcelona,” he said.

Ivan Rakitic, however, feels the difficult 1-1 draw with Leverkusen could serve Barca well for the coming challenges as they look to end 2015 on top of the Liga table and as the newly-crowned world champions.

“It’s always good to have a hard time. It’s good for what’s still to come this season,” he told BeIn Sports.

“They [Leverkusen] played very aggressively and we have to congratulate them. They started strong and that can help us.”

Barca coach Luis Enrique handed starts to youngsters Sergi Samper and Wilfrid Kaptoum against Leverkusen as a handful of first-team stars were afforded rests, meaning the line-up on Saturday should remain strong even if Messi and Neymar are unavailable.

Dani Alves is back after being banned for the Leverkusen game, while Sergi Roberto (ankle) and Jeremy Mathieu (thigh) could return to the matchday squad. Douglas (foot) and Rafinha (knee) are Barca’s only other long-term absentees.

Pedro Mosquera is banned for the visitors, who are likely to be without Oriol Riera (hamstring) and Celso Borges (foot), after both could only train separately from the main group on Wednesday. Federico Cartabia is also struggling for full fitness, while Luis Alberto (groin) and Fabri (knee) are out.

Key Opta Stats:

– Barcelona have won every home league game they have played this season (W7).
– The last side to stop Barcelona winning at the Camp Nou in La Liga was Deportivo in the last game last season (2-2).
– The last two Galician sides to have played at Camp Nou in La Liga secured points: Celta de Vigo won on MD10 in 2014-15 (0-1) and Deportivo drew on MD38 that season (2-2).
– The Riazor side have lost just one game away from home in La Liga this season (W3 D3), their best such record at this point since 2005-06.
– Deportivo are, alongside Atletico Madrid, the only Liga side yet to have been shown a red card this season.
– Luis Suarez and Neymar (eight apiece) have scored 16 out of the last 17 Barca goals at Camp Nou in La Liga.
– Messi has scored in his last five league appearances against Deportivo (10 goals).
– Lucas Perez has scored eight of the last 12 Deportivo goals in La Liga.

Opta Facts

  • Barcelona have won every home league game they have played this season (W7).
  • The last side to stop Barcelona winning at the Camp Nou in La Liga was Deportivo de La Coruña in the last game last season (2-2).
  • The Cule side have scored in all their 14 games this season, with an average of 2.4 goals per game, and they have scored in their last 28 league games, the longest such run since October 2013 (64).
  • The last two Galician sides to play at Camp Nou in La Liga secured points: Celta de Vigo won on MD10 in 2014-15 (0-1) and Deportivo drew on MD38 that season (2-2).
  • Deportivo de La Coruña have gone five games in a row without a defeat (W2 D2), their best such run in a single season since 2012-13 (7).
  • The Riazor side have lost just one game away from home in La Liga this season (W3 D3), their best such record at this point since 2005-06.
  • Deportivo are, alongside Atletico de Madrid, the only La Liga side yet to have been shown a red card this season.
  • Luis Suarez and Neymar (eight apiece) have scored 16 Barça’s last 17 goals at Camp Nou in La Liga.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Barcelona has 1.08  odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Deportivo de La Coruña  has 30.69 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 12.38

Fenerbahce Vs Celtic: Match Preview

The Turkish club only need a point to ensure their progression to the knockout stages of the competition and face the already eliminated Scottish side on Thursday

Fenerbahce will be without star striker Robin van Persie when they host Celtic, with the Turkish club needing a draw to qualify for the next round of the Europa League.

Vitor Pereira’s men are on the brink of qualification and one point would be enough to seal a place in the knockout stages, while Ronny Deila’s Celtic are already out of the competition after taking just two points from five Group H games.

Only pride is at stake for Celtic after defeat to Ajax sealed their fate in their last Europa League fixture, while Fenerbahce won 2-0 at Molde to keep their hopes alive.

A thigh injury has ruled Van Persie out of the fixture but the Netherlands striker has only scored five times since signing for Fenerbahce in the summer. Denmark defender Simon Kjaer and Portugal winger Nani are also unavailable through suspension.

Fenerbahce were on a run of four successive victories before drawing at Gaziantepspor on Sunday, a result that leaves the side third in the Turkish Super Lig after they missed the chance to go top.

“The Celtic game is one of the most important of the season for us,” said Fenerbahce midfielder Mehmet Topal ahead of the club’s 200th Uefa club competition game.

“There’s a chance we could top the group if we beat them.”

Deila, whose Celtic side have not won any of their last 10 games in the Europa League but are three points clear at the summit of the Scottish Premiership, said: “We are going to use this game to get more European experience.

“With good performances you get more confidence and that is what we hope to get from this match. Hopefully a good result too.

“We will see what we do with the players but we won’t change the whole team. We would never do that. We have a duty to other teams to fight for the points. You learn a lot about European football but also about your own team.

“Everybody understands that we have to make improvements. It’s very clear to me what I need to improve for next season.

“You could say defending but it’s about individual improvements and improving as a team. We have to make the squad stronger and better. That is about developing the players who are here and adding some who can make us even stronger.”

Fenerbahce, semi-finalists in 2013, drew 2-2 at Celtic Park earlier in the competition with the Turkish side fighting back from two goals down to claim a point thanks to a brace from Fernandao and the Turks have not conceded in three Europa League games since their trip to Glasgow.

Opta Facts

  • The 2-2 draw between the two in October was the first meeting between the sides in European competition.
  • In that match at Celtic Park, the Bhoys threw away a two goal lead, as Fernandao scored twice for Fener.
  • Fenerbahce have never lost to a Scottish side in European competition (W1 D2).
  • The Bhoys have conceded two or more goals in each of their last seven European contests (15 in total).
  • Fenerbahce have been beaten just three times in 13 home games since the introduction of the Europa League format (W7 D3).
  • Celtic have recorded just one win in their last 11 away matches in Europe (D5 L5).
  • Nani has created more chances than other Fenerbahce player in the competition so far (12).
  • Kris Commons has created more chances than any other Celtic player in the Europa League (12) and has been directly involved in five of their seven goals (three goals and two assists).

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Fenerbahce has 1.68  odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Celtic has 5.08 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.06

Tottenham – Monaco : Match Preview

The Ligue 1 side are yet to qualify for the knockout stages and must defeat Mauricio Pochettino’s men and hope that Anderlecht fail to beat Group J rivals Qarabag

Leonardo Jardim hopes Monaco‘s promising youngsters can lead the way against Tottenham on Thursday and seal their progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

The Ligue 1 side face an uphill task to make it through the group stages after their 2-0 home defeat to Anderlecht two weeks ago.

They sit third in Group J with six points from five games heading into Thursday’s encounter and not only need to see off Spurs, but must also hope their Belgian rivals drop points at home to Qarabag.

Jardim refuses to throw in the towel just yet, though, and hopes they can build on their 2-1 win over Bastia on Saturday, suggesting their good form away from home could make the difference.

“The team is progressing. We were aggressive against Bastia at the weekend,” Jardim said at a news conference.

“It was an important victory because we achieved it with a lot of young players, which corresponds to the club’s project of developing youngsters.

“It is great to win matches and that is always our ambition.

“It is difficult to explain why we are better away from home, but the team will continue to develop.”

Jardim will have to make do without a number of first-team regulars, though, with Guido Carrillo (calf), Fabio Coentrao (thigh), Ivan Cavaleiro (back), Joao Moutinho (hip), Thomas Lemar (ankle) and Jeremy Toulalan (thigh) all expected to miss the trip to White Hart Lane.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have already booked their ticket for the last 32, but will be looking to clinch top spot in the group.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men lead the table with 10 points, three clear of second-placed Anderlecht.

Tottenham and Monaco played out a 1-1 draw on matchday two in their first meeting in the competition, but the Premier League side have reasons for optimism thanks to their fine record against French opposition, with just one defeat in seven matches.

Additionally, Tottenham have won both of their European home matches this term and are unbeaten in seven Europa League fixtures at White Hart Lane – winning five of those – since a 3-1 loss to Benfica in March 2014.

Pochettino will be without the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard on Thursday, with all four being plagued by ankle injuries, while the Tottenham manager could also opt to rest key players such as Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier ahead of a busy Christmas period.

Opta Facts

  • The reverse fixture in MD2 between the two was the first meeting between Monaco and Spurs, which ended 1-1.
  • Tottenham are unbeaten in their last six games against French sides in Europe (W3 D3).
  • Monaco have faced seven different English sides in European competition and hold victories over five of them (Leeds, Newcastle, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal). The only sides they haven’t beaten are Manchester United and Spurs
  • Indeed, the Red and Whites have lost just three of their 13 meetings home and away against English opposition (W6 D4).
  • Harry Kane has scored in his last two Europa League games. He last scored in three consecutively in November 2014.
  • Since beating Arsenal 3-1 in the Champions League last February, Monaco have won just once in Europe, excluding qualifiers (D4 L3).
  • That match at the Emirates was the last time Monaco managed to score more than once in a proper European tie (four goals in eight games since).
  • Tottenham have collected just two yellow cards over the course of the competition, a tournament low.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Tottenham  has 2.12  odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Monaco has 3.60 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.43 .

Olympiacos Piraus vs Arsenal FC : Match Preview

The Gunners need goals in Greece as they look to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 16th successive season.

Joel Campbell believes Arsenal face their “most important game of the season so far” against Olympiacos, as the English side travel to Greece looking to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger’s squad go on the road knowing they have their destiny in their own hands – if they win by any other score than 1-0 or 2-1, they will make the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition for a 16th season in a row.

Goals, therefore, are going to be crucial for the visitors, who lost 3-2 at home to Olympiacos in September.

Campbell scored the first for Arsenal in their 3-1 home win over Sunderland in Premier League action on Saturday. However, that was just the second time in their last six outings that they have found the net more than once in a game.

“[The win over Sunderland] was a good result for the team,” Campbell told the club’s official website.

“We got the result and that’s what we wanted. Now we have to prepare mentally and physically for Wednesday’s game because it will be very difficult.

“We already played against Olympiacos at Emirates Stadium. They are a great team, a great rival and especially because they play at home.

“It is the most important game of the season so far. It will be a cup final and we have to win to continue in the Champions League.”

The Costa Rican also knows how tough it will be playing at Olympiacos’ Karaiskakis Stadium, as he spent the 2013-14 season on loan at the Greek team.

“In the Pireo [Karaiskakis Stadium] it is very difficult to get points but it is the last game of the group stage and we will give our best,” Campbell added.

Arsenal’s record away to Olympiacos does not make for pretty reading – they have lost three times against them since 2009, although on each of those occasions they had already qualified.

This time, though, the match will decide who goes through alongside Group F winners Bayern Munich. Whoever misses out on second place will go into the knockout stages of the Europa League instead.

Felipe Pardo was one of Olympiacos’ goalscorers when they won at the Emirates Stadium, but has not played in their last three games due to a calf injury.

Arsenal’s midfield anchors Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have been ruled out until well into next year, although Aaron Ramsey has made his return to the starting side in recent weeks and scored at the weekend.

Opta Facts

  • Arsenal have lost all three previous Champions League away games against Olympiakos, all of those have taken place on matchday six.
  • The Greek side are currently unbeaten in six home Champions League ties against English opposition; winning five of those games (D1).
  • Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 of their last 12 away games in the group stage of this competition.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Olympiakos has 3.63  odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Arsenal has 2.o7 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.73