PSV Eindhoven need to score and avoid defeat in Madrid on Tuesday if they are to reach the Quarter Finals of the Champions League.

psv tleticPhillip Cocu’s side escaped the first leg in Eindhoven last month with a 0-0 draw, despite going down to ten-men early in the second half after Gaston Pereiro saw red. Now to make an unexpected venture to the Quarter finals, PSV have to at least come away from the Vicente Calderon with a 1-1 draw.

However, Atletico Madrid have looked in formidable form since the first leg three weeks ago, beating rivals Real Madrid 1-0 before comfortably seeing off Real Sociedad, Valencia and Deportivo whilst scoring nine goals in the process. The four straight victories have kept Atletico in touch with second place Barcelona, and moved them four points clear of Real Madrid.

PSV on the other hand warmed up for the tie by limping to a shock 1-1 draw at home to Heerenveen, which ended their run of ten straight league wins in a row. Despite the result PSV still remain one point ahead of rivals Ajax, who visit the Philips Stadion this Sunday.

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PSV are boosted massively by the return of top scorer Luuk de Jong, who missed the first leg through suspension. The striker has netted 19 league goals this season and will bring much needed aerial threat to PSV, who are unlikely to get many chances on Tuesday evening. However, PSV will be without Gaston Pereiro because of his red card during the first leg. Despite this fact Cocu has decided not to include Adam Maher in his squad for the trip to Spain.

Possible PSV line-up: Zoet, Arias, Willems, Bruma, Moreno, Guardado, Van Ginkel, Propper, Locadia, Narsingh, De Jong

Atletico are without Stefan Savic and Tiago, but they hope to have Fernando Torres back, with the striker having recovered from a knee injury.

Possible Atletico line-up: Oblak, Juanfran, Filipe Luis, Godin, Gimenez, Gabi, Saul, Koke, Griezmann, Ferreira Carrasco, Vietto

Previous meetings

Atletico triumphed the only previous time PSV visited the Vicente Calderon, winning 2-1 during the 2008-09 Champions League group stages.

PSV have never recorded a victory in Spain in 12 previous attempts, and have to breach an Atletico defence that has kept clean sheets in 11 of their last 13 home games in the Champions League.


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