It’s a scuffle surrounded by the severity teams in Spain and the Netherlands as PSV Eindhoven host Atletico Madrid at the Philips Stadion in the first leg of the knockout stages in the UEFA Champions League. The see eye to eye-occurring is concerning February 24, 2016 at 2:45 PM ET. This is a fight of two teams who did relatively dexterously in the organization stages of the competition.
PSV, re the order of the new hand, are expecting to comfortable back occurring Andres Guardado, who has been out past the fall of January once a hamstring shackle picked in the works in a 4-2 win more than De Graafschap. Speaking to the press ahead of the game, via ESPN, officer Phillip Cocu said that he “think[s]” the artist will be to hand for the game, adding going on that he is “effective hard” to be fit again. Nonetheless, Cocu continued, wise saw that “if [Guardado] is not correspond fit yet,” subsequently he is “confident” that PSV “have the right players who can deputise in his outlook.”
As for Atletico, they are almost a contaminated control. They come into this game off the protection of three games unbeaten, having obliterate Eibar and Getafe since drawing 0-0 considering Villarreal something bearing in mind speaking Sunday evening. Goals are proving to be a real difficulty as of late however, once them averaging just one per game in their last seven outings. Add to this their subtraction from the Copa del Rey at the hands of Celta Vigo, and a big loss to Barcelona in the title race, and it’s conclusive Atletico aren’t bursting considering confidence at the moment.
A hamstring slighted suffered upon Jan. 30 was at first acknowledged to sideline Guardado for the first leg, but PSV commissioner Phillip Cocu said he expects the Mexico international to perform.
“He is energetic sophisticated to profit auspices onto the arena and is focused upon Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League game against Atletico Madrid, Cocu told reporters Saturday. “Andres knows his body and I suppose he will be minister to in operate upon Wednesday, but if he is not concur fit yet, I am confident we have the right players who can deputise in his perspective.”
The 29-year-antique Guardado has scored by yourself one object this term, but his club-best eight assists has been a boon for PSVs violent behavior and the squad will need his playmaking skills adjoining an Atletico side that tallied 11 goals in the vibrancy stages and allowed just three.
Lestienne, 23, last appeared as a swap in Dec. 19s 3-2 Dutch league victory on severity of PEC Zwolle, recording his fifth sustain of the year.
PSV Eindhoven: Zoet – Arias, Bruma, Moreno, Willems – Prpper, Hendrix, Van Ginkel – Narsingh, Pereiro, Locadia
Atltico Madrid: Oblak – Juanfran, Godn, Savic, Filipe Lus – Koke, Gabi, guez, Torres – Torres, Griezmann
Date: Wednesday, 24 February
Time: 7:45 p.m. GMT/2:45 p.m. ET