TUESDAY: UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals PSV-LIVERPOOL (TV: ESPN2, live, 2:30 pm)
PSV, the surprise winner over Arsenal in the round of 16, will be a heavy underdog again when it faces another English club, Liverpool, Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the UEFA
PSV is riddled with injury problems. Brazilian defender Alex
, the hero of the Arsenal series, and Ivorian striker Arouna Kone
are sidelined, while youngster Ibrahim Afellay
, who debuted for the Netherlands last week in Euro '08
qualifying action, is doubtful with a hamstring injury picked up during Saturday's 1-1 draw at NAC. Patrick Kluivert
, who helped Ajax win the 1996
European Cup and has scored 30 goals in eight seasons, is one option for PSV coach Ronald Koeman
. He has made only one Champions League appearance for the
Eindhoven club since returning to the Netherlands this season.
Liverpool, which beat (2-0) and tied (0-0) PSV when they met in the group stage, is coming off a 4-1 demolition of Arsenal
in which Peter Crouch
scored a hat trick. Crouch should get the start up front with Dutchman Dirk Kuyt
Philips Stadium. Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano
, excellent in the win over Arsenal, should keep his spot in the starting lineup against PSV.
1-Gomes; 2-Kromkamp, 14-da Costa, 23-Salcido, 28-Sun Xiang; 11-Mendes, 6- Simons,
8-Cocu, 7-Vayrynen, 15-Culina; 17-Farfan. Liverpool:
25-Reina; 3-Finnan, 23-Carragher, 5-Agger, 2-Arbeloa; 20-Mascherano, 8-Gerrard, 14-Xabi Alonso,
6-Riise; 15-Crouch, 17-Kuyt. Referee:
Bertrand Layec (France).