The new season of the Champions League is about to get started, and we will witness Arsenal hosting PSV at the Emirates Stadium on Day 1 from Group B.
After 6 years of absence from the Champions League, the Gunners are back in the competition. The Arsenal fans would have not forgotten the 5-1 humiliation by Bayern Munich in the 2016-17 season. The Gunners have a strong attack but their defence has struggled to break the attacks of the opposition as they have just witnessed two clean sheets in the last 5 fixtures.
PSV qualified for the Champions League group stage by defeating Rangers in the play-offs. However, PSV’s defence will be in the spotlight again as the team has witnessed two consecutive clean sheets in previous fixtures.
Martin Odegaard is responsible for 26.7% of all shots on target for Arsenal this season.
The betting tip is...
Martin Odegaard to score a goal.
Out of 6 games in the 2023-24 season, Arsenal has scored a win in 5 fixtures including the historical win over Manchester City in the Community Shield.
The Gunners are coming to play the Champions League fixture after a win over Everton by 0-1 in the previous match.
With a possession of 74%, Arsenal dominated the game and Leandro Trossard scored a goal in the 69th minute.
Martin Odengaard and Bukayo Saka will be expected to score goals as they have 26.7% and 20% shots on target in the ongoing Premier League season.
Thomas Partey (groin), Jurrien Timber and Mohamed Elneny (both knee) are out of action because of their respective injuries.
Predicted Lineup: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Vieira; Saka, Jesus, Trossard
With 8 victories out of 9 games, PSV will be confident enough while playing at the Emirates Stadium. The team is on a 9-match no-loss streak and has witnessed 4 clean sheets in the current season.
The Dutch team is coming to play the European Cup fixture after scoring a win over NEC in the Eredivisie league by 4-0.
With 61% of possession during the match, Luke de Jong scored a double in the 37th and 49th minutes. Noa Lang scored in the 38th minute and added the advantage for the team. Ricardo Pepi converted a penalty in the 87th minute.
Noa Lang is turning out to be a primary player for the team as he has 20.8% shots on target this season but he is doubtful to travel to England because of an injury concern in the previous match.
Armando Obispo, Fredrik Oppegard and Mauro Junior are in the injury room. Noa Lang is expected to be replaced by Hirving Lozano.
Predicted Lineup: Benitez; Teze, Ramalho, Bella-Kotchap, Dest; Schouten, Veerman; Bakayoko, Saibari, Lozano; De Jong
According to the head-to-head stats of both teams, Arsenal has an edge with two wins in 6 games but three fixtures ended up in a draw between the two.
However, PSV dominated the last meeting between the two teams in the Europa League by 2-0, but it was Xavi Simons and Ibrahim Sangare who ran the show.
With both players gone from the club, PSV might find it difficult to score goals considering the improved quality of Arsenal. We predict a win for Arsenal on Thursday against PSV.