PSV Eindhoven v Arsenal Preview, Confirmed Team News, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal travel to Holland tonight with the aim of getting the single point they need to confirm that they finish top of their Europa League Group, and winning it has become even more important now that we know which Champions League teams will be dropping down into the Europa.

Mikel Arteta put out a much-changed side in last weeks 1-0 victory over PSV, and we should see a similar line-up this evening. We already know that Emile Smith Rowe, Mohamed Elneny and Oleksandr Zinchenko will not be available, and now it seems that Marquinhos has joined the list after he “wasn’t feeling good” yesterday.

It is a fact that many of Arsenal’s stars are feeling jaded during this gruelling fixture list, and as Arteta has emphasised that he doesn’t have enough players to rotate everyone, it will not be too easy to predict the starting line up, but this is my team prediction….

Turner
Cedric…Holding…Gabriel…Tierney
Lokonga…Xhaka
Reiss Nelson…Vieira…Nketiah…Saka
Jesus

Despite the fact that PSV lost to lowly Groningen at the weekend, if you look at PSV’s home form in the Eredivisie, you would find them practically invincible, having won their last 11 games stretching back to February. In that run they have scored 42 goals which is slightly under 4 goals a game on average, which has helped them to second place in the League, just 4 points behind leaders Ajax.

In Europe they are not so consistent though. They started this season in the Champions League, and after just getting past Monaco on penalties, they were famously consigned to the Europa League with a home defeat to Glasgow Rangers.

With Arsenal’s tired-looking mixture of first teamers and reserves, I don’t think we wiill find it easy in front of PSV’s fanatical home supporters, so I am going to predict a 1-1 draw. Just enough to ensure we top the group…

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5 Comments

  1. Yes. The EL-bound UCL teams certainly look terrifying but the fact that they are going down a league means they are beatable. As a fan, I do hope we avoid them for as long as possible and hope other teams can knock them out.

    Focusing on Arsenal, I still feel that we can mix our squad for today and play the same counter-attacking football that won us the FA Cup in MA’s early days. The least (hopefully) that could happen is a draw. Ruud would want to prove something against Arsenal so I expect them to go on full-attack.

    Playing counter-attack won’t tire our players so much and certain rotations may just restore the energy on our first 11.

  2. We just need one point, so select a defensive side, intent on scoring a breakaway goal.
    If that doesn’t work, we still have home advantage for the final game.
    Let’s keep the PL as our main objective and, even if we finish in the top four (not good enough for some!!) we will have CL next season

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