Arsenal will have top spot in their sights when they travel to the Netherlands to face PSV in their Europa League Group A clash on Thursday evening.
Mikel Arteta’s men will have been disappointed to have dropped two points away to Southampton in the Premier League last weekend, and they will want to make amends.
Providing they avoid defeat, then they will qualify for the last 16 as group winners, and they will avoid the onerous prospect of a two-legged playoff against a Champions League dropout.
In stark contrast, PSV have to go for it if they want to keep their hopes alive of making progress in the competition. However, they will have been left reeling by a 4-2 defeat away to Groningen last weekend which leaves them four points adrift of table toppers Ajax in the Eredivisie.
Arteta is likely to make a few changes to the side that beat PSV last week, and Bukayo Saka could be given a much-needed breather, while Emile Smith-Rowe is still sidelined through injury.
This should be a fascinating affair, and to steer you through this game, we have handpicked a couple of juicy tips for you to mull over ahead of kick-off.
Arsenal to settle for a share of the spoils
While the Gunners did much of the running and fashioned out plenty of opportunities against PSV at the Emirates, they still left some goals on the pitch, and they have struggled of late to fully kill off teams.
Of course, if Arsenal can take a point against PSV, then they will be able to rest and rotate some players on Matchday 6 which would be an ideal scenario especially with a congested fixture list.
So far, Arsenal have been watertight at the back, keeping three clean sheets in four games, and only Manchester United (84) have managed more attempts on goal (69) than Arteta’s troops.
Although Arsenal boast a good record against PSV, winning three of their seven matches contested, they may not have things all their own way this time. I’m liking the look of a Draw and Under 2.5 goals which is available at 7/2 with Paddy Power, and that will suit the Gunners just fine.
Cody Gakpo to give Gunners something to think about
In the reverse fixture, Cody Gakpo was rather limited in its influence on the game, and PSV registered only four shots — their fewest in all competitions since November 2016.
PSV will be on a mission to avoid consecutive defeats in Europe for the first time in nearly three years and Gakpo could well have more joy this time.
So far, Gakpo has been prolific for PSV, netting 12 times across all competitions, and if he can get some good service, then he could be among the goals.
Indeed, Gakpo could give Arsenal something to think about. If you have a penchant for the Goalscorer Markets, it may be worth taking a closer look at William Hill’s price of 5/1 for Gakpo to score the opening goal of the game.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.