If you've been following Arsenal's Champions League fortunes of late, you know the stakes of this American afternoon's/European evening's contest. Arsenal needs to win by a 2-0 scoreline, or win with at least 3 goals (3-2 would work, as would 4-3, or 7-5 if you're feeling like reliving Arsenal vs. Reading), if the team is interested in keeping its Champions League dream alive. Any other result will send Arsenal to the churn of Thursday night Europa League football with all the other third-place finishers -- including their buddies Manchester United, who got sent there by virtue of losing to Wolfsburg yesterday in that group's conclusion.
As this morning's Guardian preview had it, "Expect Arsenal to have the ball. Expect Olympiakos not to care." Look for defensive play and full-on bus parking from the Greek team that beat Arsenal 3-2 in London this past September, in a game you might call frustrating.
WHO AND WHAT:
Arsenal vs. Olympaikos
Champions League Group Stage match #8
Wednesday, December 9, 2:45 pm ET
Karaiskakis Stadium, Pireaus, Greece
Fox Sports 2 (US)
Worldwide info at livesoccertv.com
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