Time is running out for Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven as they both try to recover their hopes of advancing from their Champions League group.
Two weeks ago a 2-2 draw was contested between these two sides at the Philips stadium. This was an unfortunate result for both sides as they both remain winless from their first 3 games and their chances of finishing above either Inter Milan or Barcelona now look very slim.
Arguably, Tottenham will have been more disappointed with the result as their superior squad will have been hoping to finish above both Inter and PSV.
For the second time in three Group B trips, Spurs were left rueing a late goal in Eindhoven as Luuk de Jong rescued PSV. Spurs were also a few minutes away from 3 crucial points in their opener against Inter but were undone by two lucky goals at the San Siro. With those vital points snatched away from them, they were hoping for a better game against Barcelona at their temporary home of Wembley. A 4-2 loss offered little hope for Mauricio’s Pochettino’s men.
The permutations for Tottenham mean that, should they fail to win this Tuesday and Inter beat Barcelona, they will be heading out of the competition.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Tottenham though. Mauricio Pochettino is avoiding any criticism and the problem is being seen as a failure to bring in any new players in the summer, combined with off-the-field issues regarding their new stadium. Domestically, they are having one of their best starts ever to a Premier league season as they sit fourth with 24 points after 11 games. The 3-2 win on Saturday versus Wolves was seen as a morale boosting performance as they showed great character and tenacity to hold on to the lead with a fatigued eleven.
Predicted Spurs XI: Gazzaniga; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Winks, Sissoko; Lamela, Eriksen, Moura; Kane.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 PSV Eindhoven
The home advantage; albeit not really their home, should see them over the line and get some essential points. PSV have been strong domestically, obtaining a 100% record but Tottenham have shown in their last two games that they have enough about them when the pressure is on. Tottenham will be confident of maintaining their positive record against Dutch sides on home soil. Fingers crossed!