Barcelona vs PSV Eindhoven: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
The Champions League is back, and Barcelona want to stop rivals Real Madrid’s dominance as they prepare to welcome Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven to the Camp Nou.
1988 European Cup winners PSV Eindhoven head to Barcelona in buoyant mood after an impressive start to their domestic campaign.
The game also sees Mark Van Bommel return to the club he spent one season at as a player in his first Champions League group game as PSV manager after taking over from the Fenerbahce-bound Phillip Cocu in June.
However, he will be up against it as Barca have netted 12 times in their first three league games including eight against the newly promoted Huesca.
PSV did give Willem II a 6-1 thrashing prior to the international break but a trip to Camp Nou is a different kettle of fish, especially for a side that have failed to win away in the Champions League for 12 years.
The fact is Ernesto Valverde’s side have the edge across all aspect of the field although expect PSV to trouble the goal in a 3-1 win for the home side.
Barcelona have scored 12 goals in three league games and PSV have scored 14 in four league games.
That is a total of 26 games and even though a home win is one the cards, backing PSV to score as well offers a decent shot at value.
If you thought the above bet was good, then this is world class. Goals are expected in this game as mentioned above but a PSV win is not.
Remarkably the Dutch side have never won in Spain and considering Barcelona won all their home Champions League games last season, the signs for an upset really aren’t there.
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Head to Head
The pair last met in the group stage of the Champions League all the way back during the 1997/98 campaign.
A pair of entertaining 2-2 draws in Barcelona and Eindhoven ensued that season and goals has been a habit between the pair throughout their competitive history.
The duo met in the 1977/78 UEFA Cup semi-finals with PSV progressing over two legs 4-3 on aggregate in the season they went on to lift the trophy.
PSV have never won a game on Spanish soil losing nine and drawing five of their competitive games.
Barcelona have topped their group in the Champions League for the last 11 straight seasons.
PSV have not won an away Champions League proper game since 2007 when they overcame CSKA Moscow 1-0, since then they have drawn three and lost seven.
Barcelona have not lost at home in the Champions League since 2013, a run that has encompassed 26 games boasting 24 wins and 2 draws.
PSV manager won the Champions League in his only season as player (2005/06).