PSV Eindhoven vs Barcelona
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PSV Eindhoven vs Barcelona | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Only a miracle can send PSV in the knockout stage. They need to win both of their games until the end of the group stage, and to have other results in their favor, in order to reach the Round of 16. The first challenge is none other than Barcelona, who already secured its place in the next phase, but knowing the mentality of the Catalonians, anything but a win here would be considered as a failure.
Blaugrana is first in the Group B. Five-time Champions League winners have 10 points after four matches, while PSV has only one. Barca failed to win the last game before heading for the Netherlands. Dembele saved the Spanish giant in the final minute of the regular time when he equalized against one of the biggest rivals, Atletico Madrid. It was 1;1 at Wands Metropolitan. PSV did win 3:0 against Heerenveen, without any distinct problems.
The Dutch champions really didn’t have the slightest bit of luck on their side during previous contests in the Champions League. First, the officials prevented them from posting a much better result against Inter at home, and the Italians got away with three points after Icardi’s goal in the second half. Harry Kane broke their hearts in the 89th minute of the clash in England, and the Spurs also took the whole prey. In each contest, PSV didn’t want to back down, and we can say without any hesitation, that only one point on the account is not a realistic measure of their performances. When betting you can rely on their mentality and the fact that they want to attack constantly. Nine of 10 matches they played ended with over 2.5 goals, and five of the previous 7 with both teams scoring.
Here we have something which we don’t see often. Barcelona didn’t win in the past three contests. And the back line of the Los Chulos conceded at least one goal in the previous four meetings they participated in. But when it comes to Valverde’s troops, that doesn’t have to mean anything. In no time, they can burst and score five or six goals against top Europan teams. So, we are not going to take this recent run as some rock-solid evidence. Messi is back, but we might see him on the bench in Eindhoven, and that also applies for several more players, who are too valuable for Valverde to play in some game which hasn’t got any competitive meaning for the club.
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Ryan Thomas is ineligible until late February 2019. He is the only player among the hosts with some kind of problem. Barca, however, has more issues. Coutinho is questionable, and he will probably skip this one. Vermaelen and Samper are injured for quite some time, while Ivan Rakitic and Sergi Roberto picked up injuries in the last two weeks, and they are ineligible according to the latest information.
First game played at Camp Nou ended with Barca’s convincing win, 4:0. Previous two took place 21 years ago, and bot of them ended with the same result, 2:2.
Odds and Predictions
PSV’s win is 7.50, a draw is 5.00, and Barca’s win is 1.36.
PSV Eindhoven vs Barcelona | Top Betting Tip: Draw (2-2)
Even without several players from the starting lineup, Barca has more quality than PSV. But we hardly believe that those guys have a huge motive as the hosts. PSV can’t defeat Barcelona, but something tells us that they aren’t going to lose either. All those moments of bad luck have to be compensated at some point. This could be that moment. Barcelona is without any particular motives, and with a mixed lineup. Our proposal when it comes to the number of goals here is over 3.5, but in order to lower the risks, make that over 2.5 goals. It should be the safest bet of the round. Also, add both teams to score. To close this preview, PSV Eindhoven – Barcelona 2:2.