In this second Champions League preview, there are another two high-quality matches.

Firstly Arsenal host PSG at the Emirates in the battle to decide who will end the campaign as group winners.

Arsenal have been excellent in all competitions this term and aside from the opening fixture at the Parc des Princes have rarely been tested. The Gunners will be looking to learn from previous seasons and securing top spot will ensure they have an easier passage to the latter stages of the competition.

PSG have struggled to adapt to life without Zlatan and under new coach Unai Emery, they do appear to have now turned the corner. They are joint second in Ligue 1 level with Monaco and three points behind Nice. In the Champions League they are level with Arsenal on 10 points.

Arsenal vs Paris St Germain – Wednesday 23rd November 2016 – 19:45 - BT Sport


Arsenal welcome Paris St Germain to the Emirates Stadium, in the fifth round of matches from this season's Champions League group stage.

Arsenal come into this match in excellent form, despite drawing at Manchester United 1-1 at the weekend.

Juan Mata opened the scoring in the 68th minute, capitalising on the dominance that the home side enjoyed.

Olivier Giroud converted Arsenal's only shot on target in the 89th minute, a result that Arsenal will have been delighted with.

European Progress The Target

Arsenal have two huge challenges this season, to compete both domestically and in Europe, a feat that they have regularly failed to achieve.

The clubs marker this season will be to compete in the Champions League, in seasons gone by finishing runners-up has hampered their progress.

Arsene Wenger's side are in the driving seat, they top the group after four games with ten points, although the visitors are only below them on goal difference.

Gunners Favourites

Arsenal come into this match as favourites with home advantage and their excellent performances this season informing that.

The Gunners have experienced just the one defeat at home this season, they have gone up a level with their Champions League performances as well.

Arsenal come into this match in great form and with the weight of results behind them, they have drawn three and won three of their last six matches.

Arsenal are 5/4 with Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez at 5/1 to score first.


PSG In Great Form

PSG won their last game in Ligue 1 at the weekend, in a 2-0 victory against Nantes at home.

It was a result that will have delighted their new manager Unai Emery, who hasn't got off to the best of starts as PSG manager.

Angel di Maria gave the hosts an early lead (13), that advantage was doubled in the dying minutes of the game by former Real Madrid man Jese (90 pen).

The result means the Parisians have registered five wins from their last six matches, in doing so they have gone level with Monaco in second place.

Mixed Season So Far

Paris St Germain have enjoyed a mixed start in the league, they have already lost two league matches and find themselves three points behind leaders Nice.

The owners are still targeting progression in Europe, given Emery's dominance in Europe, albeit the Europa League, PSG will be looking to tap into that.

PSG will have to produce an excellent performance if they are to get anything from the Emirates, Arsenal have been brilliant at home this season.

Response Needed From PSG

The match against Arsenal sees PSG emerge as underdogs, despite their excellent record in their last six matches.

French Champions PSG are unbeaten in this competition, they will also be looking to exact revenge for the draw at the Parc des Princes.

PSG will be looking to better their overall record against English opposition, with defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea in recent seasons.

PSG are 21/10 with Edinson Cavani at 9/2 to open the scoring.


The second match in this preview sees Atletico face PSV at the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico are still reeling from the 3-0 defeat suffered at the hands of bitter rivalss Real. To lose to Los Blancos is one thing but to lose so spectacularly at home is somthing that should worry Diego Simeone. They are unbeaten in their Champions League group however and a win here will secure their safe passage to the next round as group winners.

PSV come into the match in mixed form domestically but in Europe they have struggled against Bayern and Atletico and failed to make the most of their match at FK Rostov. They will be looking to exact revenge on Atletico, who not only beat them at home earlier in the campaign but also knocked them out of the competition last year.

Atletico Madrid vs PSV Eindhoven – Wednesday 23rd November 2016 – 19:45 - BT Sport

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid welcome PSV Eindhoven to the Estadio Vicente Calderon, in the fifth round of matches from this season's Champions League group stage.

They will be looking to make it third time lucky in the Champions League, with Atletico reaching two finals to be beaten by bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Diego Simeone and his men come into this match on the back of a heavy 3-0 defeat at home against the same opposition.

A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo (23, 71 pen, 77), completing an incredible win for Los Blancos at the Vicente Calderon.

European Progress The Target

They come into this match in 6th position in La Liga, already 9 points behind city rivals Real Madrid.

Atletico have lost back to back La Liga matches now, the way they surrendered at home will have alarmed manager Simeone.

The clubs marker this season will be to win the Champions League having reached the final twice.

Despite their relatively inconsistent form in La Liga they top their respective Champions League group, with four wins from their opening four matches.

Madrid Favourites

Atletico come into this match as favourites, they will be keen to go one better than last year.

Diego Simeone will be looking to bounce back from their La Liga defeats, with another win all but guaranteeing their progression as group winners.

Madrid will be looking to make it five wins out of six when they face the Dutch side in this fixture.

Atletico are 1/4 with Antoine Griezmann at 5/2 to score first.

Atletico Madrid

PSV Have Struggled

The Dutch side have enjoyed a mixed start to their league campaign after thirteen matches but their Champions League form has been poor.

They come into this match on the back of two draws, the first a goalless draw away against Willem II and the second a 1-1 draw against FC Twente at home.

Cocu's men have a mixed record in their last six matches, they have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six matches.

Great Season So Far

PSV have lost just the one match in the Eredivisie this season, despite that they find themselves in third place, six points behind leaders Feyenoord.

They come into this match on the back of back to back defeats against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, no shame in those results.

Defeats against Bayern and Atletico have cost them dear, as well as the failure to capitalise against FK Rostov.

PSV To Finally Beat Atleti?

These two sides met in last years Champions League last 16, with both sides unable to register a single goal over the two legs.

PSV also lost the first match against Atletico earlier in the season 1-0, the Dutch side will be more than motivated to put that right against a wounded Atleti.

Both sides were evenly matched but PSV will have to create history if they are to win, in five matches they have yet to register a win.

PSV are 12/1 with Luuk de Jong at 10/1 to open the scoring.



Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Cavani to score first @ 4/1 and Arsenal to win 2-1 @ 8/1

Tip 2 – Griezmann to score first @ 5/2 and Atletico to win 3-1 @ 11/1


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