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PSV seeking a gap in the clouds at Atlético

Winless PSV Eindhoven are looking to avoid their worst performance in a UEFA Champions League group stage campaign as they visit already qualified Atlético Madrid.

Atlético defender Juanfran (left) tackles PSV's Jetro Willems on matchday one
Atlético defender Juanfran (left) tackles PSV's Jetro Willems on matchday one ©AFP/Getty Images

PSV Eindhoven return to the scene of their UEFA Champions League elimination last term when they visit a Club Atlético de Madrid side already qualified for this season's round of 16.

Previous meetings
• Atlético overcame PSV on penalties after two 0-0 draws in the last 16 in 2015/16. Gastón Pereiro was sent off in the first leg in Eindhoven, but the main drama came after 120 minutes in Madrid where Atlético prevailed 8-7 on penalties. Luciano Narsingh was the only player to err from the spot, striking the crossbar before Juanfran sealed PSV's fate.

• The line-ups for the second leg at the Vicente Calderón on 15 March were:
Atlético: Oblak, Juanfran, Giménez, Godín (Hernández 89), Filipe Luís, Koke, Gabi, Augusto (Torres 56), Saúl Ñíguez, Griezmann, Carrasco (Kranevitter 75).
PSV: Zoet, Arias, Bruma, Moreno, Isimat-Mirin, Willems (Brenet 75), Pröpper, Guardado, Van Ginkel, De Jong (Narsingh 118), Locadia (Lestienne 87).

• When the clubs met in the 2008/09 group stage, Atlético won 3-0 in Eindhoven on matchday one before beating PSV 2-1 at home.

Match background

• Group D leaders Atlético secured their progress to the knockout stage on matchday four by beating FC Rostov 2-1 through a 93rd-minute Antoine Griezmann goal.

• With four straight wins, Atlético have equalled their best start to a UEFA Champions League campaign, previously recorded in 2013/14.

• The Rojiblancos have won 27 of their last 32 European matches at the Vicente Calderón, losing just twice.

• Atlético's overall home record against visitors from the Netherlands is W4 D1 L1. Diego Simeone played for Atlético in their solitary home defeat by a Dutch club – the 3-2 loss to AFC Ajax in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

• Bottom of Group D, the visitors face a battle with Rostov, their matchday six opponents, for third place and entry into the UEFA Europa League.

• Winless PSV are at risk of recording their lowest points' total in a UEFA Champions League group stage campaign. Currently their poorest performances came in 2008/09 (three points) and 1992/93 (one point); the latter campaign is the only time they have gone through a group stage in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League without winning a single match.

PSV lost 1-0 at home to Atlético on matchday one and their record in Spain hardly augurs well: no wins from 13 previous visits (D5 L8).

Coach and player links
• Simeone captained Argentina in a 2-1 loss to Phillip Cocu's Netherlands in the 1998 FIFA World Cup quarter-final in Marseille.

• Simeone lost 1-0 at PSV as an SS Lazio player in the UEFA Champions League first group stage in September 2001.

• Cocu made 292 appearances for Barcelona between 1998 and 2005. He faced Atlético six times (W2 D2 L2) and was sent off in a 0-0 Liga draw at the Vicente Calderón in September 2003. Fernando Torres started the game for the home side as did current assistant coach Germán Burgos. Simeone was an unused substitute.

• Andrés Guardado played for RC Deportivo La Coruña (2007–12) and Valencia CF (2012–14). He scored Deportivo's winner in a 2-1 Liga home victory against Atlético on 21 November 2009.

• With RCD Espanyol (2011–15), Héctor Moreno faced Atlético seven times (W2 D1 L4).

• Yannick Carrasco scored for Belgium in a 1-1 friendly draw against a Netherlands side including second-half substitutes Joshua Brenet and Bart Ramselaar in Amsterdam on 9 November.

• Pereiro (Uruguay) and Ángel Correa (Argentina) were on opposing sides in the 2015 U-20 South American Championship final in Montevideo. Pereiro opened the scoring for Uruguay, but Correa hit the winner in Argentina's 2-1 triumph.

• Played together:
Nicolas Isimat-Mirin & Carrasco (AS Monaco FC 2013/14).

Match facts

• Filipe Luis is a booking away from a ban.

• Atlético have lost three of their past five matches, having started the season with an 11-game unbeaten run.

• Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Real Madrid CF – Cristiano Ronaldo scored all the goals – was Atlético's first home Liga loss in 23 matches, a run dating back to September 2015.

• Saúl Ñíguez featured in both legs for Spain as they recorded an away-goals victory over Austria in their 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off.

• Carrasco scored in Belgium's 8-1 defeat of Estonia on 13 November in the European Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup. He has eight goals in his last nine outings for club and country.

• Augusto Fernández could miss the rest of the season after rupturing his cruciate ligament on 25 September.

• Griezmann is on the 23-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men's Player 2016 award. The winner will be announced on 9 January.

• Narsingh scored both goals in a 2-0 friendly win against KRC Genk on 10 November.

• Guardado sustained a thigh injury during Mexico's 2-1 World Cup qualifying triumph over the United States on 18 November and could be unavailable for up to four weeks.

• Jeroen Zoet had been out since 22 October because of muscular problems but returned for Saturday's goalless draw with Willem II.

• Jürgen Locadia (out since 28 August, groin) is still sidelined, while Jorrit Hendrix (28 September, knee) has resumed individual training.