UEFA Champions League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits
|PSV Eindhoven||PSV Stadion - EindhovenWednesday 24 October 2018|
18.55CET (18.55 local time) Group B - Matchday 3
|Tottenham Hotspur FC|
PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham have both been unable to get off the mark so far in Group B, and a third failure to get points on the board would leave their UEFA Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.
• Both teams have been beaten by Barcelona and Internazionale, who each have six points in the standings – six more than PSV and Tottenham.
• The sides have met in only one previous tie, in the last 16 of the 2007/08 UEFA Cup. Each won 1-0 away, PSV emerging triumphant in London before Spurs turned the tables in Eindhoven – but it was the Dutch club who had the last laugh, going through 6-5 on penalties.
• The Eredivisie champions were beaten 2-1 at home by Inter on matchday two, having gone down 4-0 at Barcelona in their opening Group B fixture – their joint heaviest UEFA Champions League defeat.
• The Eindhoven club claimed their 24th Dutch league title in 2017/18 – the third time in four seasons they have lifted the Eredivisie crown.
• This is PSV's 16th season in the group stage – more than any other Dutch side. They qualified by beating Belarusian champions BATE Borisov 6-2 on aggregate in the play-offs (3-2 away, 3-0 home).
• The Eindhoven club failed to win a game in their last group appearance, in 2016/17 (D2 L4), and have not won in their last ten UEFA Champions League fixtures, group stage to final (D4 L6).
• PSV's last home win in the competition proper was a 2-1 defeat of CSKA Moskva in December 2015. They won all three home games in that 2015/16 group stage; their record since then is D2 L3 with just two goals scored.
• PSV's 2017/18 European campaign lasted only one tie – they lost 1-0 home and away to Croatian club Osijek in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.
• European Cup winners in 1988, PSV have reached the UEFA Champions League knockout stage only four times – most recently in 2015/16, when they got to the last 16.
• PSV were victorious the last time an English club visited, beating Manchester United 2-1 in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage. However, they have won only two of their last ten fixtures against Premier League visitors in Eindhoven (D4 L4).
• Spurs followed their opening 2-1 defeat at Inter – when they had led until the 86th minute – with a 4-2 loss at home to Barça on matchday two, their heaviest home defeat in the UEFA Champions League and joint heaviest in Europe.
• Third in last season's Premier League, Tottenham are in the group stage for the fourth time – and the third season in a row.
• Spurs got to the round of 16 in 2017/18, losing to Juventus. Tottenham drew the away first leg 2-2 – having been 2-0 down – but went out after a 2-1 reverse at Wembley. Defeats in their first two games this season mean they are without a win in four European fixtures, losing the last three.
• Mauricio Pochettino's side picked up seven points on their travels in last season's group stage, finishing top of their section ahead of eventual champions Real Madrid.
• The London club are unbeaten in their last three trips to the Netherlands, most recently drawing 3-3 at Twente in the 2010/11 group stage.
• Overall, Spurs' record away to Dutch clubs is W5 D1 L2. One of those defeats came against Feyenoord in the 1973/74 UEFA Cup final, the Rotterdam outfit winning 2-0 in the home second leg and 4-2 on aggregate.
• Tottenham's most successful UEFA Champions League campaign came in 2010/11, when they reached the quarter-finals.
Links and trivia
• PSV coach Mark van Bommel and Spurs boss Pochettino were both Barcelona-based in 2005/06, playing for Barcelona and Espanyol respectively.
• Van Bommel scored the Netherlands' opening goal in a 2-0 friendly win against England at Spurs' old White Hart Lane ground on 15 August 2001.
• Have played in England:
Angeliño (Manchester City youth teams 2013–18)
Donyell Malen (Arsenal youth teams 2015–17)
Luuk de Jong (Newcastle 2013/14)
• Jeroen Zoet was in goal as the Netherlands beat England 2-1 in a Wembley friendly in March 2016; Danny Rose and substitutes Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Dele Alli featured for the home side.
• Denzel Dumfries, Steven Bergwijn, Luuk De Jong and substitute Pablo Rosario – the latter making his international debut – were in the Netherlands side that drew 1-1 with Toby Alderweireld's Belgium in a Brussels friendly on 16 October.
• On 4 August PSV lost on penalties to Feyenoord in the Johan Cruijff Schaal after a goalless 90 minutes at their own ground in Eindhoven.
• PSV have won 12 of their 14 games in all competitions since then, the exception their two UEFA Champions League defeats, including all nine in the Eredivisie. They have kept clean sheets in their last five Eredivisie matches, scoring 32 goals in their seven most recent domestic outings including Saturday's 6-0 defeat of Emmen.
• Luuk de Jong has scored in PSV's last five Eredivisie matches. Érick Gutiérrez has found the net in his three of his last four league appearances.
• The 7-0 defeat of Den Haag on 15 September was PSV's biggest win since 2 February 2013 – another success against Den Haag by the same scoreline.
• Denzel Dumfries and Steven Bergwijn made their international debuts for the Netherlands in the 3-0 UEFA Nations League win against Germany on 13 October; former PSV players Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum were among the scorers.
• On 16 October Pablo Rosario came on as a substitute in the Netherlands' 1-1 friendly draw in Belgium – his first senior international appearance. Dumfries, Bergwijn and De Jong also featured.
• Summer signing Ryan Thomas suffered a cruciate knee injury in late August, two weeks after signing from Zwolle; he has not been included in the UEFA Champions League squad.
• Hugo Lloris made his 50th UEFA Champions League appearance on matchday two.
• Matchday one was Spurs' third successive defeat in all competitions; they have since won four of their six matches (D1 L1), most recently Saturday's 1-0 triumph at West Ham.
• The weekend clean sheet was only Spurs' fourth in 12 matches in all competitions this season.
• Harry Kane provided two assists as England won 3-2 in Spain in the UEFA Nations League on 15 October. Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier and Harry Winks – the latter winning his second cap and first for more than a year – also featured for the visitors.
• Victor Wanyama converted a penalty in Kenya's 3-0 defeat of Ethiopia in a CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 14 October.
• Dele Alli has been out since 26 September having suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury.
• Jan Vertonghen sustained a hamstring injury in the 2-0 win at Huddersfield on 29 September and is expected to be out until December. Mousa Dembélé damaged a quad muscle in the same game but came on as substitute at the weekend.
• Christian Eriksen also returned as a replacement at West Ham having been out since 22 September with an abdominal problem.
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