PSV Eindhoven faces Barcelona in Eindhoven on Wednesday looking to keep their hopes of remaining in Europe alive. Kick off is 8pm GMT. 

Mark van Bommel’s side have won 13 games out of 13 in the league so far but they are already out of the Champions League after earning only one point from their opening four games.

On Wednesday, Barcelona visits the Philips Stadion with PSV hoping for an unlikely victory which keeps their hopes of finishing third and earning a Europa League place alive.

Barcelona, on the other hand, has already secured their place in the knockout rounds but will seal top spot in the group with a victory. A draw would also be enough if Tottenham defeats Inter in the group’s other game.

PSV dispatched Heerenveen 3-0 at the weekend to remain five points clear at the top of the Eredivisie while Barcelona has only won two of their last nine away games in the Champions League and are currently on a three-game winless run. A draw with Inter was followed up by a shock loss to Real Betis and a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid at the weekend.

In the reverse fixture in Barcelona, the Catalan giants ran out comfortable 4-0 victors.

Team News

PSV go into the game with no fresh injury concerns with Ryan Thomas the only long-term absentee. Van Bommel is likely to stick with his prefered XI.

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

Barcelona are without former Ajax forward Luis Suarez on Wednesday while Arthur, Rafinha and Sergi Roberto are also out. Philippe Coutinho could make his return after returning to fitness.

Possible Barcelona line-up: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Alba, Pique, Umtiti, Busquets, Vidal, Rakitic, Malcolm, Dembele, Messi

Odds

PSV 11/2 Draw 4/1 Barcelona 1/2

Can PSV get an unlikely win?

PSV have played too timidly in the Champions League so far and look a shadow of the side that sweeps aside other teams in the Eredivisie. On Wednesday it is do or die for their chances of rescuing a Europa League place but there would need to be a significant improvement in defence. At the other end of the pitch, Hirving Lozano has been a star in the competition and he will be once again looking to impress against a team he has been linked with.

Barcelona are clearly the best side in this group and have already sealed their progression. PSV can hope that they will take one eye of this tie with a crucial league match with Villareal coming at the weekend.

The odds are firmly in favour of the visitors but PSV definitely have the quality to cause an upset if they finally turn up in Europe.




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