PSV Eindhoven travel to Milan knowing they will have to score in the San Siro if they are to keep their dream of playing in the Champions League group stages.

  • By Michael Bell
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psv v acLast week in the Philips Stadion, PSV dominated proceedings, but fell behind to a Stephen el Shaaraway header, and needed a late Tim Matavz header to avoid defeat in a 1-1 draw.

The away goal makes the job a lot harder for Phillip Cocu’s side, but they will be confident of causing the Italian side problems with their attacking style of play.

Both sides have not had the ideal build up, with AC Milan losing their Serie A opener to newly promoted Verona 2-1, while PSV needed a last minute Park ji Sung equaliser to draw 1-1 with Heracles, and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

PSV captain Georginio Wijnaldum was carried off in their draw with Heracles, and was a doubt for the tie with Milan, but he has been deemed fit enough to travel with the squad. Also returning for the second leg with be 17 year old superstar Zakaria Bakkali, who missed the tie last week with an injury.

Brazilian winger Robinho made his AC Milan comeback after injury on Saturday, and he is expected to come into the starting line-up in place of El Shaaraway.

Expected line-ups:

AC Milan (4-3-3)- Abbiati; Abate-Zapata-Mexes-De Sciglio; Montolivo-De Jong-Muntari; Boateng-Balotelli-Robinho

PSV (4-3-3)- Zoet; Brenet-Willems-Bruma-Rekik: Schaars-Wijnaldum-Maher: Depay-Park-Matavz

In three trips to the San Siro, PSV Eindhoven have never scored let alone win, as they tasted defeat twice, and drew 0-0 back in the 2005/06 Champions League group stages.

AC Milan are not as strong as they used to be, and if PSV can take their chances, unlike the first leg, then they have a chance of causing an upset in Italy.

However with Phillip Cocu set to field such a young team, it may turn out to be a case of boys v men, if Milan get a stranglehold on the match. Can young centre back duo Karim Rekik, and Jeffrey Bruma really keep Mario Balotelli quiet again?

Whatever the outcome, tomorrow’s match in the San Siro is set to be a special occasion, and hopefully one that will bring the spotlight back on Dutch football!




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