PSG v Arsenal: Back under-par rivals to share the points in Paris

Angel Di Maria will be one of the main danger men for the hosts
Angel Di Maria will be one of the main danger men for the hosts
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Expect a tight, close affair at Parc des Princes on Tuesday night when Arsenal hop across the English Channel to face the French champions, says Ligue 1 expert James Eastham...

"A lack of fluent attacking play has been a problem for both teams so there is no reason to predict an entertaining game packed with scoring chances."

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.0621/20

PSG v Arsenal
Tuesday, 19:45
Live on BT Sport 2


Match Odds
PSG 2.68/5, Arsenal 4.03/1, The Draw 3.65

Going into this game there is no reason to back either side with a great deal of confidence. PSG have made an unimpressive start to the Ligue 1 season while Arsenal have hardly done any better.

Over in France new PSG coach Unai Emery is already coming under pressure with PSG having picked up just 1pt from their last two matches. They lost 3-1 at Monaco before the international break and could then only draw 1-1 at home to St Etienne on Friday night. With Emery torn between using a 4-3-3 and a 4-2-3-1 and unable to settle on his best starting line-up there has been a real lack of fluency about their play.

But PSG will draw heart from the fact that Arsenal are hardly firing on all cylinders yet, either. The Gunners were lucky to beat a limited Southampton side 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with Santi Cazorla hitting an injury-time winner from what looked a very soft penalty decision. That was Arsenal's only shot on target in the second-half, which tells you plenty about how laboured their performance was.

Given that there are no particularly strong reasons to back either side to win, the draw looks the smart solution in a game between high-profile rivals still seeking their best form.


Unders/Overs
Unders 2.0421/20, Overs 1.9520/21

There will be plenty of attacking talent on show at Parc des Princes but both sides have stumbled in attack during the opening weeks of the season. A lack of fluent attacking play has been a problem for both teams so there is no reason to predict an entertaining game packed with scoring chances.

Lack of confidence on both sides is another factor to consider. PSG - who have scored more than once in just one of their opening four Ligue 1 games despite facing mediocre opposition in three of their fixtures - are struggling to gel without departed talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Arsenal lack go-to players that can unlock opposing defences.

Unders would be the smarter pick based on how the two sides have played in recent weeks.


To Score

If you are looking for a bet in the player scoring markets there are a couple of longer-priced players to keep an eye on.

For the hosts, Laurent Koscielny is expected to be fit and could be worth a look at 13.012/1. The France international doesn't score many goals but PSG have some problems defending against set-pieces, and may be more vulnerable in the air following the deadline-day sale of David Luiz to Chelsea.

For PSG, Layvin Kurzawa has started the season in fine attacking form. The France left-back has scored twice in four Ligue 1 games and found the net in PSG's 4-1 Champions Trophy win over Lyon, too. Kurzawa will be available for around 10.09/1.


Recommended Bets
The Draw @ 3.65
Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.0621/20

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