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PSV out to bounce back

After losing away to FC Internazionale Milano, PSV Eindhoven know victory at home to Fenerbahçe SK could put them in pole position in Group G.

PSV coach Ronald Koeman is targeting three points
PSV coach Ronald Koeman is targeting three points ©Getty Images

• If Ronald Koeman's team had hoped to catch the Italian champions with their tails between their legs following their surprise setback at the hands of the Turkish champions on Matchday 1, they were in for a rude awakening as two Zlatan Ibrahimović goals sent them to defeat. In their first fixture the Dutch champions had dispatched PFC CSKA Moskva 2-1 to maintain their prowess on home soil in Europe's senior club competition. They have now won 13 of their last 19 outings in Eindhoven, including qualifying ties, with three draws.

• PSV have enjoyed two comfortable home wins against Fenerbahçe in the European Champion Clubs' Cup, the first when a side including Huub Stevens claim a resounding 6-1 victory in the 1978/79 first round to give them a 7-3 aggregate win. The second came via a 2-0 scoreline in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage when Phillip Cocu and Jefferson Farfán were on target.

• In fact, the Eindhoven club have won all six previous home games against Turkish opposition in UEFA club competition with a cumulative goal difference of 18-3. They have not conceded in either of the last two matches, the second of which came in last season's group stage when they followed a 2-1 away win over Galatasaray SK with a 2-0 win at the PSV Stadium.

• Fenerbahçe started off their fifth UEFA Champions League campaign on a positive note, with Deivid scoring the only goal at the Sükrü Saraçoglu Stadium to upset Inter. Zico's team led in Moscow on Matchday 2 through captain Alex, but CSKA recovered and went ahead before Fenerbahçe rescued a point courtesy of Deivid's long-range drive five minutes from time. Remarkably that was only the third draw registered by the Istanbul side in 26 group fixtures. They have recorded six victories and 17 defeats.

• All five of Fenerbahçe's visits to the Netherlands in the European Champion Clubs' Cup have ended in losses. The heaviest defeat was PSV's 6-1 victory mentioned above. Apart from the Eindhoven club they have also lost to FC Amsterdam, AFC Ajax and Feyenoord.

• Some respite from that sorry sequence came last season when the UEFA Cup Round of 32 paired them with AZ Alkmaar. They followed a 3-3 home draw by avoiding defeat in the DSB-Stadium but the 2-2 scoreline meant they went out of the competition on away goals.

• In 12 fixtures home and away against teams from the Netherlands, Fenerbahçe have lost eight and won two. However, a source of encouragement for the Turkish champions lies in the fact that their only victories over Dutch opposition have both come against PSV, 2-1 in the first leg of that 1978/79 first round tie and 3-0 in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage. The latter result is their biggest win in the competition along with the defeat of Manchester United FC in December 2004.