Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Emirates Stadium will host a postponed Europa League game between Arsenal and PSV. Arsenal aim to keep their 100% record in Group A intact, and we are positive that they will go for a win in Thursday’s clash as well. All Marquinhos, Lokonga, Holding, Tierney, Vieira, and Nketiah should be recalled to the starting XI, while both Smith Rowe and Elneny remain on the sidelines with injuries.
PSV, on the other hand, rolled over Zurich 5-0 in their last group game, and given their display in a 6-1 crushing of Utrecht, we predict that the Dutch side will grab something from the Emirates Stadium showdown. A man to watch in the away team will be talented midfielder Xavi Simons, who scored a brace at the weekend, whilst all Noni Madueke, Ismael Saibari, and Yorbe Vortessen remain on the sidelines with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Granit Xhaka):
Granit Xhaka is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most talented central midfielders at the moment and he is on the radar of quite a few high-profile sides. Just two seasons at FC Basel proved enough to attract interest from Borussia M’gladbach, who secured his signature in the summer of 2012.
The Switzerland international had a slow start to his career in Germany, causing many pundits to start doubting his credentials, but he eventually turn things around to show he is more than capable of playing at the highest level. Acting as a deep-lying playmaker, Xhaka impressed fans and pundits alike with his performances in Bundesliga and European competitions, and he even managed to score a couple of important goals in the process.
Despite his fragile age, the highly regarded footballer has been a key member of the Switzerland national team for quite some time now, scoring 6 goals in his first 40 caps to establish himself as a real leader of the Rossocrociati. The 2014 World Cup, where he scored one goal in four starts, should prove just the first of many major tournaments to come.
Highlighted Team (PSV):
Based in Eindhoven, Netherlands, PSV is a professional football club competing the top flight of the Dutch football, Eredivisie. PSV play their home games at the Phillips Stadium which can accommodate 35,000 people. Over the course of its 100-year-old history, PSV has become one of the country’s Big Three clubs that has dominated Eredivisie along with Ajax and Feyenoord.
Known as a stepping stone for future world-class stars, PSV propelled the likes of Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Romario, Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and most recently Arjen Robben. The Boeren (Peasants) as they call themselves take pride in Eindhoven’s status of being a provincial city and never hide their Brabantian heritage which allow them to enjoy their uniqueness in the company of more prominent clubs from Dutch big cities.
The Peasants boast 23 domestic league titles and 9 KNVB Cup trophies. They have also managed two major European titles – European Cup in 1987-88 and UEFA Cup in 1977-78.