With just two rounds of Champions League group matches to play, the fate of all four Premier League hangs finely in the balance as they look to book their respective places in the lasts 16.
This week’s action carries even greater significance for Manchester United and Arsenal, and both teams will be desperate for victories on home soil. It should be a cracking couple of nights from Europe’s elite competition, let’s just hope they can keep their knockout dreams on track.
Arsenal V Dinamo Zagreb
Tuesday 24th November. 7:45PM. BT Sport Europe
After their humiliating defeat in Munich on matchday four, Arsene Wenger’s men enter their final two group games knowing that there is simply no more room for error. However, the Gunners will be confident about blowing Dinamo Zagreb away at the Emirates.
Arsenal are still without a long list of absentees while they also suffered a domestic setback with Saturday’s defeat to West Brom. Nevertheless, they should be too strong for a Croatian outfit that has lost three on the spin since causing an opening match upset in the reverse fixture.
In Zagreb, Wenger made the mistake of resting far too many players. However, he’ll be set to name his strongest side here and the likes of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud should cause a lot of problems for the visitors.
Fate is out of Arsenal’s control as it stands, but a win here could change all that. They’ve
Arsenal V Dinamo Zagreb Betting
Wenger’s team face an uphill battle to qualify, but they’re firm favourites to win Tuesday’s contest at odds of 1/6 with Bet365. Meanwhile, Dinamo Zagreb are priced 14/1 while the draw is available at 6s.
Despite the result back in Croatia, it’s hard to see anything other than an Arsenal win at the Emirates. The Gunner are under no illusion as to what is expected of them, and they should be ready to prove their credentials.
Arsenal will be helped by the news of Aaron Ramsey’s return from injury too while the other attacking players are more than capable of firing the Gunners to success. We expect them to start well en route to a dominant result.
Arsenal to win both halves @ 5/4 with SkyBet
Manchester United V PSV
Wednesday 25th November. 7:45. BT Sport Europe
Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United might be sitting top of Group B as we enter the final two matches, but there’s still plenty of work for the Red Devils to do. And it starts with a potential banana skin at home to PSV Eindhoven.
The hosts will be fancied to clinch a crucial three points at Old Trafford, but they can expect to be tested by their Dutch opponents. All eyes will be on former PSV star Memphis Depay, who should be in good spirits after his weekend goal at Watford. But the pressure will be on considering the potential continued absences of Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial.
Meanwhile, PSV will be confident after winning five and drawing one of their last six in all competitions. Philip Cocu’s men know this will be a huge test of strength and character, but the likes of Luuk de Jong and Adam Maher can cause problems for the Red Devils.
Manchester United could seal their place in the last 16 with a win while a shock victory for PSV would put them on the cusp of qualification. The incentive is there for both teams, and it should be a thrilling spectacle.
Manchester United V PSV Betting
With home advantage on their side, Manchester United enter the clash as odds-on favourites at 9/20 with Bet365. The draw is available at 10/3 while PSV can be backed at 6/1.
Van Gaal’s men certainly aren’t firing on all cylinders right now, but they have a real tendency to grind out results. That’s exactly what we think will happen here.
Even without the likes of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and co, the balance in quality still edges towards the Red Devils. It should show at Old Trafford… Just.
Manchester United to win by 1 goal @ 5/2 with SkyBet