Tottenham Hotspur head to PSV Eindhoven in a UEFA Champions League group stage fixture that essentially serves as a de facto elimination game. Both sides playing in this one have acquired zero points from their first two Group B games and a loss here would put them in a deep hole that could very difficult to climb out of.
The winner will be given new life, although the task of getting up into the group’s top two would still be very formidable. A draw would be very much a win for Barcelona and Inter Milan.
Let’s take a look at the injury situation for both teams, starting with Tottenham. England international Danny Rose could return in time for the weekend’s Premier League clash, but tomorrow night is too soon for the defender’s comeback. The same recovery timeline could also apply to both Dele Thigh (thigh issue) and Victor Wanyama, although the latter may need an additional week to convalesce.
Another key absence for Tottenham is Jan Vertonghen, who has a hamstring issue that will likely keep him out of this one.
Flipping over to PSV Eindhoven, they come into this one very healthy. Ryan Thomas, who has a serious knee injury is the only key absence to speak of right now in regards to the Dutch side.
Tottenham Hotspur vs PSV Eindhoven FYIs
Kickoff: Wednesday October 24, 6pm, Philips Stadion
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Prediction: Tottenham 2, PSV Eindhoven 1
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.