PSV Eindhoven’s Champions league campaign continues on Wednesday with a difficult trip to the Allianz Arena.

psv-roda-knvb-cPSV are still without a win in the competition so far this season, starting with the 1-0 loss at home to Atletico Madrid before failing to make their chances count in a 2-2 draw against Rostov in Russia. Failure in front of goal has been a real problem for Phillip Cocu’s side this season, with the club currently nine points off the top of the table in the Eredivisie after a shock 1-1 draw with Heracles in Eindhoven at the weekend.

Despite the poor form, Cocu believes they head to Munich with confidence, “We look forward to playing against such big opponents. We are focused and will go into the game with confidence. We definitely have the chance of talking a positive result back to Holland. Arjen Robben will be a handful for our defenders, but our team is preparing to face Bayern München, not Arjen Robben. Bayern will be desperate to end their winless run, but if we can stay in the game, who knows?”

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has had to stave off talk of a crisis after his side drew their second Bundesliga game in a row on Saturday, which means the club are now three games without a victory. He told the press on Tuesday, “The players here are very professional and intelligent. They understand the performances haven’t been so good recently. I think it’s too early to talk about a crisis. ”

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Jurgen Locadia and Jorrit Hendrix are out of the tie through injury but Bart Ramselaar should be available again. Cocu has lined up with a 5-3-2 so far in the competition and will likely start with the same formation on Wednesday.

Possible PSV line-up: Zoet, Brenet, Willems, Schwaab, Moreno, Isimat Mirin, Guardado, Propper, S De Jong, Pereiro, L De Jong

Frank Ribery is the only absentee for Bayern Munich with former PSV winger Arjen Robben expected to start against his former side.

Possible Bayern line-up: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba; Thiago, Kimmich, Vidal; Robben, Lewandowski, Müller

Head to Head

The two clubs have met on six occasions with Bayern Munich coming out on top on four of those and PSV only winning against the Bavarians once.

What to expect from the game

Wednesday night will undoubtedly be a very difficult game for an out of form PSV, who will expect Bayern Munich to come out of the traps quickly as they look to prove a point themselves. PSV’s defence will have to hold firm early on because if they concede early it could end up a rout. Arjen Robben will be determined to put in a good performance against his former club and he could torture Netherlands teammate Jetro Willems throughout the game.




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