It’s all to play for when Atletico Madrid welcome PSV Eindhoven for the second leg clash of the Champions League knock out round of 16.
The teams played out a goal less draw at Philips Stadion in the first leg and the draw is perfectly poised and anyone could earn the quarter final berth from here. Atletico must win here to progress and any score draw will see PSV going to the quarter finals.
Atletico Madrid were eliminated by Real Madrid in the quarter finals in the last season’s competition by 1-0 aggregate and the 2014 finalists will be looking for a consecutive quarter final appearance.
PSV Eindhoven’s last quarter final appearance in the Champions League was in 2006-07 season, when they lost to Liverpool both away and home. This is also the first time they got as far as the knock out round since then.
Atletico Madrid vs PSV Eindhoven: Form Comparison
Atletico Madrid are in excellent form and are unbeaten in their last 8 league matches. Since their first leg clash, Atletico Madrid have won all of their four matches and conceded just 1 goal. At home, the Spanish club have only lost once in the last 16 matches.
PSV have lost only once in their last 26 matches in all competitions and are going neck to neck with Ajax for the Eredivisie title clash. Their away form is a good after winning all of their last 7 competitive matches and unbeaten in 14. The form is all good, but their history against Atletico is not that encouraging.
Atletico Madrid vs PSV Eindhoven: Head-to-Head Stats
Atletico are unbeaten in three Champions League matches against PSV.
Atletico and PSV were drawn together in the group stages of the 2008/09 edition of the tournament. The Spanish club won both the ties, 3-0 at Eindhoven and 2-1 at Madrid.
Atletic have come across Dutch oppositions 11 times in UEFA competitions since 1971 and their overall record is 5 wins, 2 draws and 4 defeats. At home, their reord against Dutch clubs is 4 wins and 1 defeat from 5 matches. The defeat was against Ajax by 2-3 in the quarter finals of UEFA Champions 1997 season.
While PSV’s away record against Spanish teams is poor and haven’t won a game in 12 visits.
Atletico Madrid: Team News
Tiago will miss this match due to a leg injury, while Stefan Savić and Fernando Torres are doubts. Simeone could use an unchanged starting eleven he fielded in the 3-0 win against Deportivo at the weekend.
Atletico Madrid: Predicted line-up (4-4-2)
Oblak – Godin, Gimenez, Felipe Luis, Juanfran – Carrasco, Saul, Gabi, Koke – Griezmann, Vietto.
PSV Eindhoven: Team News
The Dutch side will be without Gastón Pereiro, who was sent-off in the 68th minute of the first leg clash at Eindhoven. Andrés Guardado and Maxime Lestienne are sidelined due to injury, while Luuk de Jong is available for selection after serving his one match suspension in the first leg.
PSV Eindhoven: Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Zoet – Brenet, Moreno, Bruma, Arias – van Ginkel, Hendrix, Propper – Locadia, Narsingh, de Jong.
Atletico Madrid vs PSV Eindhoven: Prediction
Atletico Madrid will go in to this match as heavy favorites based on their strong form and a healthy head-to-head record against PSV. But this match is perfectly poised at 0-0 aggregate at kick-off and it is anyone’s to win. I expect an entertaining clash at the Vicente Calderon and expect Atletico to edge this one, even though PSV won’t give this up without a strong fight.