Dutch sides have a desperate record when visiting Spanish ones in the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid v PSV – Wednesday 19:45, BT Sport Extra
Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid this weekend was an ignominious way for the Vicente Calderon chapter of the Derbi Madrileno to end, and they will be expecting a significant improvement against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday night. Atleti have four wins from four in Europe this season, and finishing top of group D (ahead of Bayern) would be a huge fillip going into the knockout stages.
PSV come into this game on the back of a lacklustre 0-0 domestic draw against Willem II, but are still chasing a Europa League spot. However, they’ve scored more than once on only one occasion since the start of October, and will surely need to change this if they are to come away with the win on Wednesday night. Guardado, Hendrix and Locadia remain sidelined for PSV, and the former is a major blow to PSV’s hopes. Gameiro is a minor doubt for Atletico but they’ve got no significant absences as they chase their fifth consecutive win in the Champions League.
Ajax won at Real Madrid in the Champions League in 1995, but they were the defending European Champions at the time and since then Dutch sides have been winless in 14 visits to Spain in Europe’s premier event. That includes defeats in the last eight such group matches, all of which saw the Spanish teams win the first half either 1-0 or 2-0 on their way to victory. Atletico have won 16 of 17 European group matches since 2011/12 with 12 wins to nil, and we don’t think PSV have the firepower to break through the Spanish defence. We back Atletico to win to nil.