Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Saint-Etienne (Lucas Moura)
Arsenal 2-1 Southampton (Laurent Koscielny, Santi Cazorla)
Kick Off: 19.45, 13/09/2016
Stadium: Parc des Princes
Head-to-head: Arsenal 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain, Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Arsenal
* Paris Saint-Germain to win @ 5/6
* Over 3.5 goals @ 13/5
* Adrien Rabiot to score (check prices)
* Arsenal have lost three of their past four Champions League away matches
* These sides’ eight league fixtures this season have produced 24 goals
* Adrien Rabiot scored more Champions League goals than Edinson Cavani last season
A look at Paris Saint-Germain’s betting odds
The reign of Unai Emery hasn’t got off to the best of starts in the French capital, with routine wins over Bastia and Metz spoiled by a 3-1 loss in Monaco and 1-1 draw at home to Saint-Etienne.
All that being said, the omens certainly lie with PSG, who have knocked Chelsea out of this competition for the last two seasons and took four points from matches at home to Real Madrid and Barcelona during those campaigns.
Indeed, Los Blaugrana are the only visiting side to leave Parc des Princes with a win in Europe over the past decade, and an Arsenal outfit suffering an existential crisis don’t appear capable of changing that stat.
Emery started Edinson Cavani, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Angel Di Maria on the bench last time out, and while their second-half introductions couldn’t stop Saint-Etienne’s 90th-minute equaliser, the rest will have helped ahead of the Gunners’ visit.
Despite their underwhelming current form, Emery’s men look about right at 5/6 odds in the betting.
A look at Arsenal’s betting odds
The visitors are deserved outsiders in Paris based on their away form in this competition last season, when Dinamo Zagreb, Bayern Munich and Barcelona all saw Arsenal off on the road, the only respite coming via a 3-0 win at Olympiakos.
After a shaky start to the Premier League campaign and a raft of players, mostly defenders, still on the sidelines, Arsene Wenger would have hoped for an easier first European assignment of the campaign.
Coming back to win 2-1 at home to bogey team Southampton showed guts, but may prove costly as the cavalry of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi were disturbed from their rests when thrown on to chase the winning goal at the end.
Either way, 16/5 outsider odds in the betting reflect Arsenal’s most recent Champions League away form and shouldn’t be touched on that basis.