Our next in line to undertake mortal combat with are The Philips Sport Vereniging, otherwise known as PSV Eindhoven. The club was formed in 1956 and therefore just a Johnny come lately compared to our esteemed club. Their nicknames are Boeren (Peasants/Farmers), Lampen (Lightbulbs) and Rood-witten (Red and whites). So the red and white light bulbs are hopefully going to get smashed on Wednesday.
PSV currently has one of their best goal differences after 9 Eredivisie duels this season, 36 for and only 3 against. This hasn’t been bettered since the season 1999-2000 when they had a slightly better goal average, with +34 (42-8) after 9 games. They currently looked down on everyone in Eredivisie, including Ajax by 5 points and Feyernord by 7. Clearly this is a good season for them and they will be tough nuts to crack. But crack them we must if we are to have any chance of progressing to the knock out stages in the Champions League.
Just a few more useless facts, they have won the Eredivisie 24 times, the KNVB Cup nine times and the Johan Cruyff Shield ten times. Currently, PSV is 28th on the UEFA club coefficients ranking. Throughout the years, PSV established itself as a stepping stone for future world class players like: Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Romario, Ronaldo, Cocu, Jaap Stam, Van (the man) Nistelroy, Arjen Robben and who could forget perhaps the greatest of all, Hirving Lozano.
A nice, easy 3-0 win is called for and anything less will require industrial strength water pumps to be installed in the bedrooms.