Champions League

Tottenham vs PSV Match Preview: UEFA Champions League

Spurs will be looking to pick up their first 3 points in Group B after 4 matches with a victory over PSV, to maintain their slim hopes of qualification from group B to the knockout stages.

PSV find themselves in the same situation as Tottenham – winless in 3 UCL group games so far.

Hirving Lozano, who scored the Dutch side’s equaliser against Spurs in Eindhoven, remains the man to watch.

The Mexican has scored nine goals in 16 games so far this term.

So this game at Wembley at 8pm tonight is a must-win for both teams to keep their slim hopes of qualification alive as either/both Barcelona or Inter Milan will drop points tonight as they play each other in Milan at the San Siro.

Spurs have one point from three games and will be eliminated if they lose on Tuesday and Inter Milan beat Barcelona.

Spanish side Barca top the group on nine points, three ahead of second-placed Inter Milan of Italy. PSV’s only point comes courtesy of the draw with Spurs in the Netherlands on 24 October.

One of the main talking points ahead of the game was the awful state of the Wembley pitch (Spurs’ temporary home), and there were suggestions that the game may not go ahead, however, it was confirmed yesterday by UEFA confirmed that the pitch was ok for tonight’s game so that is a relief.

Sports analytics have confirmed that Spurs only have a 15% chance of qualifying from their group! That is also the same for PSV before this game.

Both teams form in UCL Group B so Far…

Tottenham – L/L/D

PSV- L/L/D

Team News

It is believed that Deli Alli could be making a return to the Tottenham lineup after he’s been sidelined with a hamstring injury, the England international trained on Monday.

Mousa Dembele was withdrawn early during Tottenham’s 3-2 victory against Wolves on Saturday with an ankle injury.

He joins Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose and suspended goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who will all miss the clash against PSV on Tuesday night.

PSV also welcome back fit-again winger Steven Bergwijn, who missed the reverse fixture.

Eindhoven only injury in the whole squad is Ryan Thomas who is out with a knee injury and isn’t expected to return until may 2019. So other than him, PSV have a full squad to pick from.

Manager Comments

Tottenham

Pochettino insists it will not be embarrassing if Tottenham are knocked out.

“When you compete at that level against Inter Milan or PSV, of course Barcelona, it is not easy to go to the next stage of the Champions League and qualify,” he said.

“When you are competitive at that level, if you are not good enough, if you are not clinical, or defend poorly like in the last minute in the Inter Milan game… If you don’t deserve to go, it’s disappointing but not embarrassing.

“We need to do our job. We want to be in the next stage – it’s not only that we need the help of Barcelona winning the game; we need to do our job and we need to perform as well.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to get the three points and to have the hope to go to the next stage – and then we have Inter Milan here and play the last game in Barcelona. Maybe if they win it can help us, but we are the most important thing.”

PSV

PSV have been unstoppable in their domestic league so far this season, with Mark van Bommel’s side having won all 11 of their Eredivisie games to sit five points clear at the summit. They have scored 39 goals and conceded only four.

“It won’t be an easy game, it is a must-win for Spurs but if we want to do something as well we have to win as well. Both teams will want to win, so let’s enjoy,” said Van Bommel.

“I played here with Holland against England, we won, that’s a very good memory. It’s the history of football so everybody loves to play at Wembley.”

Match Stats/head-to-head record

Match stats

Head to head

  • Spurs last hosted PSV in a European match in March 2008 at White Hart Lane in the UEFA Cup – they lost 0-1 to a goal from Jefferson Farfan.
  • PSV’s 1-0 away win over Spurs in the 2007-08 UEFA Cup is their last away win in England – they’ve lost to Liverpool (1-3 in October 2008) and drawn with Manchester United (0-0 in November 2015) since then.

Tottenham

  • Spurs are winless in five Champions League matches (D2 L3) – their longest ever winless run in major European competition.
  • Three of the five English sides to achieve just one point or fewer from their opening three Champions League group stage games went on to qualify for the next round – Newcastle United in 2002-03, Arsenal in 2003-04 and Liverpool in 2007-08.
  • Spurs striker Harry Kane has the best goals per game ratio of any player in Champions League history to play at least 10 matches in the competition (0.85 – 11 goals in 13 matches).
  • None of Spurs’ 10 home Champions League group stage matches have ended as draws – they’ve won seven and lost three.

PSV

  • PSV have won none of their last 11 Champions League matches (D5 L6) since winning 2-1 against CSKA Moscow in December 2015.
  • Only Red Star Belgrade (75) have faced more shots in this season’s Champions League than PSV (69), with the Dutch side facing at least 20 in each of their three matches.
  • PSV are the first Dutch club side to appear at Wembley since June 1971, when Ajax won 2-0 against Panathinaikos in that season’s European Cup final.
  • Should PSV win, Spurs could become the second English team that the Dutch side have beaten more than once in away European games – they’ve also beaten Leeds United twice.

Betting Odds/ My Prediction

Bet 365 have made Spurs favourite for this encounter at Wembley tonight, pricing a Tottenham win at 4/11. A draw between these two sides is no good for either side, but Bet 365 are pricing a draw at 9/2. A PSV win is being priced at 8/1.

My prediction for this game is a tight 2-1 Tottenham win. It will be a hard game for Spurs, but i think that they will just about have enough quality to overcome PSV and maintain their slim chances of qualification from this group alive!

By Danyal Khan (Twitter- @DKMatchreports)

 

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