Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
PSV Eindhoven, who enjoy a perfect record against Turkish sides in the Champions League, welcome a Fenerbahçe team riding high at the top of Group G.
Last season’s 2-0 victory over Galatasaray on Matchday 4 was PSV’s sixth in as many visits from Turkish sides. PSV coach Ronald Koeman, whose team lost 2-0 at Internazionale three weeks ago to fall a point behind Fenerbahce, hopes to extend that unblemished run in what could be the key double-header in the group.
“We must take more points than Fenerbahçe do from the two games we have against them,” he said. “We’re certainly capable of getting a result here, and it’s my job to convince the players of that.”
“This is a better side than the one we beat two years ago,” he said. “I think they are also stronger than the Galatasaray team we faced last year. Their results so far in this group speak for themselves. If they had won their first game 3-0 instead of 1-0, I don’t think anyone could have complained. However, they are generally more defensive away from home, and try to keep things tighter at the back.”
Koeman will be without Ibrahim Afellay, who has not yet recovered from a broken toe, as well as fellow defender Manuel da Costa who has an ankle injury and forward Jason Culina who recently underwent knee surgery.
Left-back Mike Zonneveld has completed a two-match ban and will make his UEFA Champions League debut. He is likely to be joined in defence by Eric Addo. Edison Mendez and Jefferson Farfan, who were also left out of Saturday’s lineup after international duty, are both expected to return.
Former PSV hero Mateja Kežman, now playing for Fenerbahçe, will not make a much-anticipated return to his old club because of a groin problem. Fenerbahçe coach Zico may call on midfielder Stephen Appiah, playing again after six months out with a knee injury, yet the Brazilian is worried about PSV’s fire power.
“Danny Koevermans caused us problems playing for AZ Alkmaar in last season’s UEFA Cup, and both Danko Lazovi? and Farfán are dangerous too,” Zico said. “But we have come here to put PSV under pressure, and we believe we can win.”
“We have taken four points so far and don’t want to leave here empty-handed,” he said, vowing to attack despite the high stakes. “People come to the stadium to be entertained. I hope my teams can give them what they want.”