PSV v Tottenham Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 24/10/18
Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marchCF96) previews PSV v Tottenham and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Group B clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
PSV v Tottenham Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 23/10/18
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: Metalist Stadium
- Channel: BT Sport
Spurs’ chances of qualifying for the next stage of the Champions League hag by a thread after two defeats from two to begin the group and must win here if they stand any chance of making it to the round of 16.
They come up against PSV on Wednesday night, who themselves have also lost their opening two matches to Inter and Barcelona. This makes the game a must win for both sides, which normally paves the way for an entertaining 90 minutes.
The bookies have Spurs at EVENS for this game, which definitely appeals but this game is one that Pochettino’s men have to win this if they are to stand a realistic chance of keeping up with Inter and Barcelona. That added pressure, mixed with the home side’s incredibly impressive home record, makes this a difficult occasion.
PSV have played 15 games in all competitions this season and have won 12 of those, losing only to Barcelona and Inter. Their home record is also quite incredible over the last couple of years, losing just three games (one on penalties), in 45 matches at the Philips Stadion and have won 37 of those matches.
So far this season, at home, PSV have conceded just three goals in their eight games across all competitions and have scored 27 goals in those eight. If their task was not tough enough, Spurs have lost their last three UCL games in a row, conceding 8 goals, including two in each of their last four UCL games.
Spurs’ away form in this competition over the last few years has been slightly inconsistent, with just three wins on the road in eight attempts. Spurs must win this game but the form and current standings makes this a difficult one to call.
Ryan Thomas is the only injury concern ahead of this game for the home side, who will look to keep the same players who have performed so well thus far this season.
Spurs’ Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen both remain injured, whilst Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama will be assessed closer to the game.
Potential PSV Starting XI: Zoet; Dumfries, Schwaab, Viergever, Angelino; Roasario, Hendrix, Pereiro; Lozano, Jong, Bergwijn
Potential Spurs Starting XI: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Heung-Min, Eriksen, Moura; Kane
Head To Head
- These two sides have only ever met twice, with those two games coming in the Europa League Round of 16 stage in 2008. PSV won the first leg 1-0 before Spurs were victorious by the same score-line in the reverse fixture, before the Dutch side went through on penalties.
Stats & Facts
- There have been over 2.5 goals in in Spurs’ last 7 UCL games.
- There have been over 2.5 goals in PSV’s last 4 UCL games.
- Spurs have lost 3 UCL games in a row, whilst conceding at least two goals in each of their last 4 UCL matches.
- PSV – 73/25
- Draw – 29/10
- Spurs – EVENS
Spurs probably have the edge in terms of quality on the pitch but PSV do have a few star players within their ranks who can cause Spurs’ defence problems. Spurs have not been brilliant defensively in this competition thus far this season and players like Herving Lozano and Luuk De Jong will capitalise on any mistakes made.
At EVEN money, it is difficult to turn down Spurs at that price and given that they have to win, we could see an improved Tottenham performance here. Despite PSV possessing one of the best home records in Europe, I think Harry Kane, Cristian Eriksen and the likes of Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela will just give them the edge in an entertaining game.