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You can win one hundred pounds when you predict a final 3-1 score correctly, in return for ten pounds paid to the British bookmakers before the game. However, most journalists rate PSV’s chances of reaching the quarter finals at 50%. There is plenty of speculation on whether Thierry Henry and Ibrahim Afellay, who are struggling with fitness, will start tonight. Most Dutch journalists do not think so, judging from the probable line-ups they have made. The English media representatives expect PSV to defend, as they hold a 1-0 advantage from the Knockout Round first leg. “It will be good to watch and if PSV start well and are bright it'll be very interesting. But if Arsenal can get an early goal, PSV could sit back and you can see Arsenal sneaking it”, said former PSV defender Michael Ball ahead of the game.
The British sports writers also claim that Arsenal are not themselves any more. <i>Desperate times call for desperate measures</i>. Arsenal have been knocked out of both domestic cups in recent weeks and did not take any advantage from the sixteen corner kicks they won against Reading last weekend. Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger will have to gamble in a bid to keep the Gunners’ European dreams alive. People in London consider the game against PSV as the most important of the season. Arsenal have an impressive injury list, with Hoyte (hamstring), Tomas Rosicky (groin), Senderos and Robin van Persie (foot) all ruled out. Moreover, cab drivers and journalists alike all agree that Gomes, <i>the giant goalkeeper</i>) is outstanding.