The Champions League match between PSV Eindhoven and Arsenal at the Philips Stadion is poised to be a high-stakes encounter, even though both teams have already secured their places in the last-16 draw. PSV, positioned as runners-up, and Arsenal, as group winners, will both be aiming to finish their Group B campaigns on a high note.
PSV’s Champions League journey has been marked by resilience, especially in their recent matches against Sevilla, where they staged impressive comebacks. In their domestic league, PSV has been in excellent form, boasting 15 wins from 15 games in the Eredivisie, indicating their competitive solid spirit and consistency.
This performance streak has extended to eight consecutive victories across all tournaments, with no losses at home in 2023.
Arsenal, on the other hand, experienced a setback with a 1-0 loss against Aston Villa in the Premier League, halting their six-game winning streak in all competitions. Despite this, Arsenal has had a remarkable Champions League campaign, maintaining an unrivalled goal difference of +12 and securing at least five group-stage wins for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
Their last encounter with PSV at the Emirates ended in a resounding 4-0 win for Arsenal, but the Dutch side has previously triumphed over Arsenal on home ground in the Europa League.
Looking at the recent form in the Champions League, PSV has registered a mix of wins, losses, and draws, while Arsenal has been more dominant with a series of wins, barring one loss.
Team news could significantly influence the match dynamics. PSV will miss key players like Hirving Lozano due to a hip injury, and other players like Noa Lang and Jordan Teze were also absent in their last game.
Arsenal have their share of injury concerns, with several players sidelined and potential lineup changes expected as manager Mikel Arteta might opt to rotate his squad given their secure position in the knockouts.
The predicted starting lineups are as follows:
PSV Eindhoven: Benitez; Dest, Ramalho, Boscagli, Van Aanholt; Saibari, Veerman, Til; Bakayoko, De Jong, Pepi.
Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Kiwior, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Jorginho, Rice; Nelson, Nketiah, Trossard.
Tip & Prediction
The prediction for the match is a 1-1 draw, considering both teams might conserve energy for upcoming crucial domestic matches, coupled with Arsenal’s recent loss at Aston Villa and PSV’s consistent form at home. Expert tipsters predict over 2.5 goals in this match.
Regarding the betting odds, PSV is valued at 11/8 to win, while Arsenal’s win is priced at 8/5. The odds for a draw are 12/5. Additionally, the over 2.5 goals option is priced at 4/7, with Luuk de Jong being a favourite to score anytime during the match.