PSV Eindhoven vs Tottenham
PSV host Tottenham in the 3rd round of Champions league.
PSV are doing their job in Eredivisie without any mistakes so far being with max points, but in Champions league the situation is on the other side. Both with Tottenham are with 0 points from two matches and these two games between them in the Netherlands and England will decide if any of them will keep their chances to progress in the next round of CL or not. The results of the other tie Barca-Inter are also very important and maybe both PSV and Tottenham will want Barca to win both matches, so to have a chance to catch Inter, but first they have to concentrate on themselves. It's stupid to say a draw in this match or in England could be absolutely deadly and that's the dream result for Inter. But what led these two clubs to be without a single point so far?
PSV took the lead in their first game against Inter at home with a goal by Rosario, but infact they have only two real goal chances for the whole match. That were the goal scored in the 1st half and one time they hit the post during the 2nd half. Inter was the team which controlled the game- more possession, more shots on and off target. It was expected to take something from this game and with goals by Nainggolan and Icardi Inter succeeded to take the three points. In the next match in Barcelona, PSV were defending during almost all of the time and with such tactic against Barca very few opponents succeeded to take even a point. The CL night turned into a catastrophe and PSV were outplayed for the final 4:0. Of course, Messi was the man of the match with brilliant hattrick.
On the other side Totenham are also with 0 points, but there's a little reason for me to be with such stats right now. In the first game Tottenham played absolutely equal match against Inter as guests, even took the lead with a goal by Eriksen during the 2nd half. They had a little bit more possession and shots on target, but in the end Inter just exploded from nowhere and with two goals by Icardi and Vecino in the last 7/8 minutes took the three points. Lloris was not on the sheet in this game and maybe that's one of the reason to miss taking a point in the end, maybe he would be more concentrated by Vorm in the last minutes.. In the second game Tottenham lost at home against Barcelona with 2:4 and that was expected at all. The English side had so many injured players like Vertonghen, Eriksen, Dembele, Alli and so on, while for the guests only Sergi Roberto and Umtiti were the important missings. Tottenham tried to stay equal in the game, two times they shortened the distance by a goal difference, but couldn't take a point.
For this game the most important news are connected with the fact that the engine of the Tottenham squad in back, I mean Eriksen, and Dele Alli has also chances to start from the first minute. For me Tottenham's missing part of the puzzle for a few weeks was Eriksen and now with him in the starting line-up they will have a real creator of goal chances for player like Kane. We don't have to forget that they also have players like Lamela and Son in front line, so this team can be very dangerous and will try to control the game with more possession. Rose, Vertonghen and Janssen are the missing players for the guests in this match.
PSV don't have any serious problems with injuries- only Thomas will be out for their team, so they can also play with their best 11 tonight.
It's hard to believe this game will finish as a draw. For me we will see a winner, but both teams will decide to play more carefully and cautiously, not to rush into attacks from the first minute looking for an early goal. The team which scored the first goal will take a huge advantage and it will be so hard to be broken defensively. Especially if Tottenham take the lead, we all know what counters this team can produce. Still can not forget Manchester United-Tottenham- 0:3 in the start of the season. Tottenham is a team which can be very dangerous, when they have more free space, mostly when they play as guests, because in home games against weaker teams, it's much harder to score against defending teams. In this away game against PSV I expect that to happen- more open spaces, one goal and game over for PSV. Tottenham have much more experience in Europe competitions in the recent seasons and PSV create real goal chances so hard in this tournament since the start of the group stages. When we know that Tottenham had more possession as guests to Inter, while Inter did the same as guests to PSV, it's not so hard to predict Tottenham will try to take the control of the game in midfield and with the help of Eriksen that could be the key factor of scoring first and for the final win.
0:1 as correct result from me and first three points for Tottenham.
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