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The Gunners will have little, if anything, to play for, but the Greeks will know that if they can win they could pip Marseilles to the runners-up spot if the French club stumbles in Dortmund. Given that Arsenal will be expected to field a weakened side, Olympiakos are rightful favourites at 10/11 (bet365 – £200 free betting).
Arsene Wenger’s side will certainly rest Robin van Persie and without his goals and threat it is easy to see the home side keeping a clean sheet. However, Arsenal’s youngsters will be able to play without pressure and without fear and perhaps can cause an upset. They can be backed at 15/4 (Stan James – £150 free bets) but the home side’s greater need should prevent an away win. The draw is a more realistic proposition and is 13/5 with a number of firms.
Olympiakos put themselves back in the mix by beating Marseilles on matchday 5 and will be confident of sealing qualification in front of their fanatical fans. They are unbeaten in the league at home and Pantelic looks a good bet to score first at 6/1 (William Hill).
For Arsenal, much will depend on who Wenger chooses to rest but Gervinho could use his pace on the break and is 11/1 (Victor Chandler) to score first. If the scores are level in the closing stages and Olympiakos start to commit men forward then he, or perhaps Walcott at 16/1 (William Hill) will be very dangerous on the counter.
This promises to be an intriguing match and another chance for Wenger to blood his young stand-ins. The action at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium will, however, be academic should Marseille triumph in Germany.