Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Liverpool and PSV battle for the first place

It's the most crucial match for Liverpool Football Club and PSV Eindhoven. These two teams will fight each other in the UEFA Champions League at Anfield on Wednesday to decide who finishes top of Group C, while Galatasaray and Bordeaux will meet in a similar situation regarding the UEFA Cup place.

The English team have won every European match at Anfield this season and dropped only two points at home in the Premiership. Coach Rafael Benitez is set to continue his attacking policy.

"I think that nobody can say Liverpool is a defensive squad. We play with two wingers and use a lot of attacking players," the Spaniard told the club's website.

"I told my footballers if we keep creating chances and playing well, things will change."

Liverpool's Spanish international winger Luis Garcia has shaken off a hamstring injury and looks set to start out wide, while long-term victims Mohamed Sissoko (shoulder) and Harry Kewell (Septic Arthritis) miss definitely miss the game.

It's important to say that Daniel Agger will retain his place in the centre of defence ahead of Sami Hyypia.

In the other side, PSV look set to rest striker Patrick Kluivert, loath to risk his knee problem when they are already qualified. Midfilder Mika Vayrynen will also be missing after picking up a knock in Finland's 1-0 win over Armenia last week, while another midfielder, youngster Ismail Aissati, is out too.

In fact, the two clubs are equal on ten points and so, having shared a 0-0 draw in Eindhoven, whoever wins Wednesday's game will be certain to top the group after the final group match on head-to-heads.

PSV thrashed Excelsior Rotterdam 4-0 at the weekend to remain top of the Eredivisie by three points, while Liverpool FC shared a goalless draw with Middlesbrough.

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