UEFA Champions League: Arsenal vs Paris Saint-Germain preview

The match that will probably decide which team wins Champions League Group A will take place at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday as Arsenal host French champions Paris Saint-Germain. The Gunners earned a good 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture as Alexis Sanchez made it all square after Edinson Cavani had put PSG ahead very early in the game. This was the only competitive fixture between these two sides, who had only met before in a friendly match won by Arsenal 2-1 in 2007.

Arsenal are unbeaten so far in this season's Champions League, they followed up the draw in Paris with three consecutive wins. In fact, they are unbeaten in all competitions since the opening day of the Premier League season, but last weekend they were lucky to get a 1-1 draw at Manchester United thanks to a late goal from substitute Olivier Giroud. The French striker might be given a place in the starting eleven against PSG, while Hector Bellerin, Santi Cazorla, Per Mertesacker and Lucas Perez are still injured.

Paris Saint-Germain have a similar record in this season's Champions League as they won all three matches after the initial draw against Arsenal. Their domestic form has not been as good, they have already lost two matches but they are on a nine-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, with eight wins recorded in the process. Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, left-back Layvin Kurzawa and midfielder Adrien Rabiot are the only injury concerns for the visitors. Both sides are already qualified for the first knockout round of the competition, but finishing first in the group might give the winner an easier opponent in that round.

Probable line-ups:

Arsenal: Ospina - Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal - Xhaka, Coquelin - Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez - Giroud

PSG: Trapp - Meunier, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell - Verratti, Motta, Matuidi - Lucas Moura, Cavani, Ben Arfa

My prediction: 2-2 draw.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Arsenal win - 2.25
Draw - 3.50
PSG win - 3.40

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    Well done for the right prediction Johnny, good knowledge obviously,

    Arsenal was really poor last weekend against United so this game was a chance for them to show a little more class this time round. Both teams are trough the next round so there wasn't any pressure about good result this time.

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