PSG vs Arsenal prediction & preview 2016-09-13:
On the 13th of september Paris Saint Germain welcomes Arsenal at Parc de Princes for the first match of their UEFA Champions league 16/17 campaign. PSG took a step to an uncertain future during this transfer window as they lost key figure Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a player who was a major building stone in turning PSG to the powerhouse that they are today. A mission that Unai Emery and his troop seemed to have managed well with a victory at the International Champions Cup in the United States aswell as almost a clean slate in their premiere matches. But something happened at their first real ligue-1 test of the season and they lost to Monaco with 3-1, following the defeat it was also revealed that team icon Matuidi wanted to leave the team during the transfer window. In addition to this Edison Cavani hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations of taking over from Ibrahimovic as PSG’s new goal machine. Cavani did however score PSG’s lone goal against Monaco, but he’ll definitely be on the media’s and fans radar for this game.
The visitors Arsenal have had quite the opposite start to their season as they’ve suffered some very unfortunate injuries in their midfield. However Arsene Wenger has Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil at his command and the offensive duo are capable of creating chances even without complete midfield strength.
Paris Saint Germain vs Arsenal Head to Head:
Paris Saint Germain will be coming into this fixture with 5 victories at home aswell as 4 victories and 1 defeat overall. PSG did also undergo a change of coaches as Laurent Blanc was replaced with Unai Emery following yet another champions league disappointment according to Nasser al-Khelaifi. The club have in other words lost both their front figure Ibra aswell as Laurent Blanc, two important pillars that have seen the team through their transformation to a top tier team. One could argue that Nasser was at least a year to early with the coach change as Cavani is yet to live up to the team’s expectations and maybe Blanc is the piece that’s missing for him.
Regardless PSG still has an extraordinary offensive force with Di Maria and Cavani aswell as one of the best midfields in europe. Something which might yield them some easy points in this first UCL fixture. Two things are for sure at least and that is that PSG needs to get at least a point here to boost the team morale after Matuidi’s statement and Cavani needs to establish himself as the new offensive threat with a good performance in this game.
Paris Saint Germain will be without team captain Thiago Silva for this fixture, as the world class defender is reported injured. The status on Javier Pastore is still uncertain after he missed the Monaco game.
Arsenal will be coming into this game with 4 victories and 1 draw on the road aswell as 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat overall. The gunners had a quite a succesful transfer window and managed to keep last year’s core team aswell as improving their depth and midfield. However with several big names missing they’ve only managed to get 4 points in the premier league following a disappointing premiere against Liverpool where they barely lost with 3-4.
Wenger’s men then proceeded with a 0-0 draw against a Leicester team that has looked rather stellar, though the gunners managed to win against Watford with the help from Özil and Sanchez. It looks as if the main goal for Arsenal will be to fight their way through these injuries so that they’ll have a chance on qualifying for another UCL season when they get back to full strength.
Both Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi are expected to be fit for this fixture, however Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista will all be absent.
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The viking’s prediction for this fixture is a victory for PSG, the Parisians and Edison Cavani in particular are the team that needs to prove themselves to their fans following the Monaco defeat. Arsenal should have a hard time getting the ball past the strong PSG midfield and any lost pass in that area is a potential shot on goal by either Cavani or Di Maria. The quick offensive duo are both nice picks to score in this fixture, however Arsenal’s offensive should not be overlooked as we saw that Alexis Sanchez can carry the team on his shoulders last season.
In the end the result of this game will be up to the coaches and Arsene Wenger will have the advantage here as he’s a lot more familiar with his team. However with the reason for Laurent Blanc’s departure in mind it’s safe to say that Champions league matches will be where Unai Emery has his focus and a victory over Arsenal in the first game of the UCL will be a nice message to send to Nasser. Something that isn’t as clear for Arsenal as it’s more important for them to qualify for next year’s champions league with a good premier league finish. PSG and Arsenal are also heavy favourites to finish in the 1-2 spots of the group, something which is almost certain as they’re paired with Basel and Ludogorets.
Some other good picks for this fixture are the over 2.5 goals and both teams to score picks as that something which is bound to happen with both team’s strong offense in mind. It could also be worth to consider the team total for PSG.
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Please note that this prediction features both us friendly odds from the us friendly sportsbook Mybookie aswell as european odds from the international bookmaker Nordicbet.
European odds from Nordicbet for Paris Saint Germain vs Arsenal:
PSG vs Arsenal prediction:
Paris Saint Germain vs Arsenal, 2 – 1 @ 8.70
The viking’s picks for this game:
Paris Saint Germain vs Arsenal, Paris Saint Germain to win @ 1.79
Paris Saint Germain vs Arsenal, Paris Saint Germain draw no bet @ 1.32
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.86
Both teams to score, Yes @ 1.74
US Friendly odds from Bovada us friendly online sportsbook for Paris Saint Germain vs Arsenal:
PSG vs Arsenal prediction:
Paris Saint germain vs Arsenal, 2 – 1 @ +650
Over 2.5 goals @ -115
Both teams to score, Yes @ -130
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