In the first round of Champions League group stage action, there are a few giants-vs-minnows matches that don't present a heavy challenge on paper. But one match, French champions Paris Saint-Germain hosting English side Arsenal, should be a very even affair and quite entertaining to watch -- even if it's not quite for the reasons you think.
Arsenal are enjoying something of a strong run of form with two straight Premier League wins, but that comes off a pair of fairly listless performances in a scoreless draw with Leicester City and a gut-wrenching loss to Liverpool. Even in their wins, Arsenal haven't looked at their strongest, something that has Gunners fans concerned with the Champions League arriving.
Of course, PSG fans have plenty to worry about as well. They started the season strong, with a 4-1 thumping of Lyon in the French Supercup, followed up by two straight wins to open their league campaign. That momentum came to a screeching halt in a loss to Monaco, though, and it was little improved this weekend in a draw against Saint-Etienne. Things are a mess in Paris right now, and the early days of Unai Emery's reign seem to lack the sunny optimism the summer once held.
A match between two powerful sides like Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain can often be fun, but a match between two imperfect powers has a lot of potential for chaos and entertainment. It will be tough to predict, and that will only make this match all the more worth following closely, just to know what every twist and turn will bring. Both of these talented teams will be eager to put their early-season struggles behind them.
To watch this match online in the United States, you can stream it on the Fox Soccer 2GO subscription service. Or, depending on your Internet provider, use Fox Sports Go for free. In England, the match will be shown on BT Sport Live Streaming, and while it won't be online in France, you can find streaming options for other countries on LiveSoccerTV.
TV: Fox Sports 2 (U.S.), beIN Sports 1 (France), BT Sport 2 (U.K.)
Match Date/Time: Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET, 8:45 p.m. local
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris, France