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How PSV Eindhoven could line up against Barcelona

Ahead of Tuesday evening's Champions League meeting between Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven, Sports Mole looks at how the Red and Whites may line up.

PSV Eindhoven face the toughest of starts to their 2018-19 Champions League campaign as they take on Barcelona at Camp Nou on Tuesday evening.

The Red and Whites lifted the Eredivisie title in May for the third time in four seasons, and the 24th time overall, but they must now escape a group that also contains Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan.

This first assignment looks like being the trickiest of the lot, particularly having lost nine and drawn five of their previous 14 away matches on Spanish soil.

PSV have won seven matches in a row in all competitions, however, and have plenty of momentum on their side for this opening Group B clash.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Mark van Bommel will set out his side on his return to Catalonia.



Possible PSV XI vs. BAR
Out: Ryan Thomas, Dante Rigo, Maximiliano Romero

Van Bommel is unlikely to tinker with his frontline, as Steven Bergwijn has scored in PSV's last three matches, while Hirving Lozano bagged two on Saturday and now has four for the season.

Gaston Pereiro also bagged two in the 7-0 destruction of ADO Den Haag last time out, and Luuk de Jong's form has seen him linked with a number of European football's elite clubs - this week's opponents included.

Dutch goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet is another visiting player to have been touted as a target for Barca and will start in goal on Tuesday, likely protected by a back four comprised of Denzel Dumfries, Daniel Schwaab, Nick Viergever and Angelino.

Summer signing Thomas suffered a cruciate knee injury in late August, however, two weeks after signing from Zwolle, and has not been included in the Red and Whites' Champions League squad.

> Click here to see how Barcelona could line up for this fixture

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8GironaGirona155641717021
9Getafe155641612421
10Celta Vigo165652824421
11Espanyol156361720-321
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes164661519-418
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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