PSV Eindhoven have lost consecutive matches, falling to Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates last week and suffering a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Groningen at the weekend.
The Eredivisie side are five points behind the Gunners in Group A, and must win on Thursday to stand a chance of topping the group. They are yet to confirm their place in the knockout phase.
Arsenal were frustrated by Southampton at the weekend, and are without Oleksandr Zinchenko, Emile Smith Rowe and Mohamed Elneny for this fixture.
With 25 shots to four and over 62 per cent possession, Arsenal could have easily won more comfortably in north London last week. PSV’s confidence took a further hit at the weekend.
This won’t necessarily be as one-sided as the reverse fixture, but a bit of rotation should fresh up this Arsenal team.
Their young players have flourished in the Europa League so far, and they should have enough to claim another three points.
First Goalscorer: Eddie Nketiah
Only four players can better Eddie Nketiah’s average of 3.5 shots per match in the Europa League. He got off six shots when these teams matched up last week despite being shunted out to the left wing to accommodate Gabriel Jesus.
Nketiah didn’t add to his tally of two Europa League goals in that match, but he’s a great bet to open the scoring here.
Jesus will probably be rested, meaning Nketiah will lead the line and look to replicate his early strike from the home match with Bodo/Glimt.
Both Teams To Score: Yes
PSV have scored 15 goals in their last three home matches.
Arsenal might have shut them out last weekend, but the Gunners have kept just two clean sheets in their last eight Premier League matches, which is better representation than their defensive displays against Bodo/Glimt and Zurich.
Back in front of their own fans, PSV’s attack should create more in what will be an entertaining match.
All odds are subject to change