After their defeat to Barcelona two weeks ago, PSV will look to get their Champions League campaign back on track when they host Inter Milan on Wednesday. Kick-off in Eindhoven is 8pm.

PSV have been imperious in the Eredivisie so far this season, winning seven games out of seven, including a 3-0 win over Ajax.

However, Mark van Bommel’s side suffered their only defeat so far two weeks ago when PSV were taught a lesson by Barcelona in a 4-0 loss at the Nou Camp. The Eredivisie champions began the game brightly but fell apart in the second half.

If they are to have any chance of making it out of the group stages then their home games will be crucial, starting with Inter Milan.

Coached by Luciano Spalletti, Inter, who finished fourth last season in Serie A, spent a lot of money in the summer as they look to challenge Juventus for the title. The Nerazzurri had a slow start to their campaign but have found form recently, winning four games in a row, including a 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.

Having played with AC Milan, Van Bommel knows all about Inter and told his press conference, “We are not afraid of anything, but you have to take the opponent into account.

“We must take into account the unexpected. Inter, and also other top teams in Italy, give you the feeling that you are playing soccer, they give you certain liberties, but suddenly they can strike. Something it happens in your favor or against, and then the game suddenly becomes more intense or quieter. Suddenly it can turn, at Italian clubs that is extreme.”

Team News

Van Bommel has no fresh injury worries so can name the same eleven that beat NAC Breda 2-0 at the weekend. Erick Gutierrez is pushing for a start but Pablo Rosario’s good form is keeping the Mexican out at the moment.

Ryan Thomas is a long term injury absentee for PSV.

Possible PSV line-up: Zoet, Dumfries, Angelino, Schwaab, Viergever, Hendrix, Rosario, Pereiro, Bergwijn, Lozano, De Jong

Croatian international Sime Vrasljko is out for Inter but otherwise, Spalletti has a fully fit squad to choose from, including Dutchman Stefan de Vrij.  Mauro Icardi, Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic were all on the bench for the win over Cagliari at the weekend but should return against PSV.

Possible Inter line-up: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Miranda, De Vrij, Asamoah; Brozovic, Vecino; Perisic, Nainggolan, Candreva; Icardi.

Previous Meetings

PSV and Inter have met twice previously in competitive action in the 2007/08 Champions League group stage with the Italians victorious 2-0 at home and 1-0 in the Netherlands.

Odds

PSV 21/10 Draw 13/5 Inter 27/20

Can PSV defeat Inter?

PSV’s chances of progressing from the group stages will definitely depend on their ties with Tottenham and Inter Milan, with wins at home crucial.

Van Bommel’s side have been excellent in the Eredivisie so far with attackers Steven Bergwijn, Gaston Pereiro and Hirving Lozano all in top form, and they definitely have the players to cause any side problems. At home they should fear nobody and a full Philips Stadion can boost them against Inter.

Spalletti’s side have been unconvincing at times this season and if PSV can get in their faces and on the front foot from the start then they can get their first win of the group stages.




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