Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Atletico Madrid will be aiming to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in the local derby when they welcome PSV at their Estadio Vicente Calderon in Wednesday’s Champions League game. Los Rojiblancos aim to keep their 100% record in Group D intact and they are regarded as hot favourites to win Wednesday’s game. Atletico Madrid have been impressive in the Champions League group stages so far and seeing that a win over PSV would see them move a little closer to clinching top position in Group D, we predict that Diego Simeone is going to field the best possible side against the Dutch outfit. PSV have collected no more than one point from possible 12 so far and, taking everything into account, the underdogs are likely to return home empty-handed. Antoine Griezmann failed to impress against Real Madrid, but the French superstar is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts against PSV.
Highlighted Player (Diego Godin):
Diego Godin is considered one of the best defenders in the history of Uruguayan football. The Atletico Madrid centre back played for Cerro and Nacional in the Uruguayan national championship between 2003 and 2007 and in August, 2017 he signed a deal with La Liga side Villarreal. Godin made 91 league appearances for the Yellow Submarine and on 4 August he made probably the best decision of his career as he signed a contract with Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan defender won the 2013/2014 La Liga trophy with los Rojiblancos, while making it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2014, 2016). He won the Europa League trophy in the 2011/2012 season with Atletico Madrid as well. Speaking of his international career, Godin clinched the 2011 Copa America trophy with Uruguay. Despite playing as a centre back, Diego Godin often scores after set pieces and you should have in mind that he scored eight goals for Diego Simeone’s team in the 2013/2014 season (all competitions).
Highlighted Team (PSV):
Based in Eindhoven, Netherlands, PSV is a professional football club competing the top flight of the Dutch football, Eredivisie. PSV play their home games at the Phillips Stadium which can accommodate 35,000 people. Over the course of its 100-year-old history, PSV has become one of the country’s Big Three clubs that has dominated Eredivisie along with Ajax and Feyenoord. Known as a stepping stone for future world-class stars, PSV propelled the likes of Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Romario, Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and most recently Arjen Robben. The Boeren (Peasants) as they call themselves take pride in Eindhoven’s status of being a provincial city and never hide their Brabantian heritage which allow them to enjoy their uniqueness in the company of more prominent clubs from Dutch big cities. The Peasants boast 23 domestic league titles and 9 KNVB Cup trophies. They have also managed two major European titles – European Cup in 1987-88 and UEFA Cup in 1977-78.