Arsenal will conclude a successful Champions League group campaign when they visit PSV on Tuesday evening.
Despite seeing a six-match winning streak abruptly halted by Aston Villa in the Premier League last weekend, Mikel Arteta’s men are already in the hat for the Round of 16 draw in Europe’s elite competition.
Similarly, PSV will advance from Group B as runners-up. Even though the Dutch outfit could theoretically be joined on eight points by Lens, PSV’s 1-1 draw in France means they can’t be supplanted.
This game represents a dead rubber, so Arteta could reshuffle the pack to give some players a rest with a busy festive schedule coming up.
Arsenal have no fresh injury issues to contend with, but they will looking to come through their clash at the Philips Stadion unscathed.
To pique your interest in this encounter, I have delved into the betting markets and handpicked a couple of tips for you to gorge on.
Ruthless Arsenal to finish off on a high
With defeat to Villa fresh in their minds, Arsenal won’t want to dwell on it for too long.
As far as the Champions League is concerned, the Gunners have been virtually impeccable, slipping to defeat just once in five games, and they will be looking to emulate fond memories of their run to the 2005/06 Final where they dropped just three points in the group stage.
This term, Arsenal have been ruthless, netting 15 times and shipping just three. Moreover, they have scored in each of their last 22 Champions League group stage matches which underlines their prodigious nature.
PSV, on the other hand, who have carved out a 10-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie table, are in the midst of a 15-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
It is worth pointing out that Arsenal, who thrashed PSV 4-0 in the corresponding clash at the Emirates, have only won once in their past four trips to the Netherlands.
That said, I’m going to plump on Arsenal to prevail and take all three points, which is available at 13/8 with Paddy Power.
Gabriel Jesus aiming to carve out a slice of history
Although he has been rather goal-shy in the Premier League this term, the same can’t be said of Gabriel Jesus in the Champions League.
The Brazilian has netted in all four of his European outings, and he is aiming to become the first player ever for Arsenal to score five in a row in the competition.
Indeed, Jesus can score all types of goals and he could be a thorn in the defence for PSV.
Rather than side with the anytime scorer market which seems to provide scant value, I have eschewed that, and gone for a special instead.
To round things off, I am going with Jesus to convert inside the six-yard box, which is paying out at odds of 8/1 with William Hill.