Last season, the English Premier League dominated the international competitions and provided all four finalists. After the first knockout games in the premier class, the Premier League clubs face a very personal Brexit. Defending champions Liverpool, finalist Tottenham and Chelsea also suffered defeats without a goal of their own.
In the Europa League it went much more satisfactorily with two wins and a draw and the progress of all three teams should only be a matter of form. Arsenal will host the Greek club Olympiakos Piraeus at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
The Gunners prevailed 1-0 last Thursday thanks to a late goal from Alexandre Lacazette (81st). A win with the strong Greeks at home is usually more than half the battle.
And the marmot greets you every year – for many years, the Gunners have divergence between reality and reality. What started at the end of the Wenger era did not improve in any way among his successors.
The Champions League was last missed three times in a row and currently a look at the betting base table service shows that participation in the premier class 20/21 across the league is probably pure utopia.
37 points from 27 league games is the worst result in well over a decade. Even last season, Arsenal had 16 points more on the credit side at that point. Only the fact that rank four is “only” seven points away puts the fans a little bit positive.
Nevertheless, the picture in spring 2020 could be similar to that of a year ago. The Europa League was then the last chance for the Unai Emery team to manage to return to the premier class. In the final, Arsenal were beaten in the derby against Chelsea.
The 2019/20 Europa League season started Arsenal confidently and after three wins in the first three games, the course had been set for progress. There were only two draws (and one defeat) in the second half of the group stage, but the group win in the Frankfurt group was still fixed.
Since Christmas 2019, ex-player Mikel Arteta has been responsible for the sporting success at the Gunners. There was only one defeat in a dozen competitive games. However, there have been too many points (five) so far that have caused the Gunners to step a little on the spot.
Recently, however, there was no reason to criticize the results. The Arteta team has won the last three competitive games and has gained a lot of confidence. The Gunners certainly have a lot of room for improvement in play, but with every success the ease will come back a little.
The 44-time Greek champion had subscribed to the domestic championship for many years, but in the last two seasons there were, surprisingly, only the third and second places for the success-loving fans.
A decision that turned out to be spot on at the end of February 2020. In the domestic league, the team is again strong as usual and has not yet suffered a single defeat. Olympiakos Piraeus celebrated 19 wins in 25 league games and only suffered six draws. The series champion leads the table with 63 points in the past and is currently five points ahead of defending champion PAOK Saloniki.
Internationally, we’re going to be a little tough when we call the Greeks a “flop”, after all, the Martins team survived three knockout rounds in the Champions League. However, there was little reason to celebrate in the group stage. In the decisive final group game against Partizan Belgrade, a win was necessary to spend the winter internationally.
The Martins team had to shake for a long time before striker Youssef El Arabi kept his nerve from the ominous point in minute 87 and converted the penalty kick to a 1-0 victory. So the international journey continues for the time being, but the chances of progressing against the Gunners are probably only minimal. Before the second leg between Arsenal and Olympiakos Piraeus, double-digit betting odds are offered for the tip on the Greeks in the “To Qualify” market.