PSV Eindhoven head to Wembley on Tuesday to face Tottenham Hotspur in a must-win Champions League clash for both sides. Kick-off in London is 8pm. 

Two weeks ago, Tottenham outplayed PSV in Eindhoven but a late red card for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris led to the Eredivisie leaders earning a 2-2 draw which kept their hopes of remaining in Europe past the winter alive.

However, Mark van Bommel’s side must head to London looking to secure a victory with tougher ties at home to Barcelona and away to Internazionale to come. PSV won their 11th straight league tie at the weekend but the 1-0 victory over Vitesse Arnhem was not plain sailing despite the visitors being down to ten men from the 15-minute mark.

Speaking at his press conference, van Bommel said ahead of the tie,  “We did not do well at home, we have to be honest about that. Tottenham overtook us at home, they were really in charge of the field and that does not happen often in our stadium. They first pushed us back ten meters, then twenty and before you know it you are in your own sixteen-meter area. Then the road to the opponent’s goal becomes very long.

“In principle, we do not want to collapse, but sometimes you are forced to do so. We are not in a situation where we decide what we do. We are in a group with Barcelona, Internazionale and Tottenham Hotspur, a harder draw is not imaginable. But we have speed, width and strength: we have to try to use that.”

Tottenham, who lost to Barcelona in their only tie at Wembley in the competition so far, will be desperate to keep their chances of reaching the knockout rounds alive on Tuesday. They warmed up for the tie with a narrow 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

Both sides currently sit on one point in the group while Barcelona sit top with nine and Inter in second with six. PSV are bottom due to a poorer goal difference.

Team News

Steven Bergwijn returned from injury against Vitesse so Van Bommel is able to name his full strength side on Tuesday. Ryan Thomas is the long-term injury absentee.

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

Tottenham are without Moussa Dembele, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen through injury, while Hugo Lloris is suspended. Dutchman Michel Vorm will come into the side.

Probable Tottenham line-up: Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Winks, Sissoko, Son, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane

Odds

Tottenham 4/11 Draw 9/2 PSV 8/1

Can PSV get a victory?

Two weeks ago, PSV were awful against Tottenham and didn’t deserve to get a point. Van Bommel’s side looked scared against the Premier League side and could hardly cause them any problems. Only an error from Alderweireld and the red card for Lloris let them into the game.

On Tuesday, they will need to up their game significantly if they are to have any hope. They will be relying on a tight defence, but Schwaab and Viergever struggled with Kane two weeks ago and he will once again fancy his chances of scoring. At the other end, De Jong and Lozano are in good form, while the return of Steven Bergwijn is a big boost.

Tottenham have struggled for form in their Wembley matches, especially in Europe, and that gives PSV a glimmer of hope. A defeat on Tuesday, though, will likely end PSV’s chances of European football past December.




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