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European match of the weekend: McClaren’s title test as PSV seek revenge

Twente coach Steve McClaren is stressing that Sunday's match with PSV Eindhoven at the Philips Stadion will not decide the destination of this year's Dutch Eredivisie title.

Leaders Twente and Vitesse Arnhem are one point ahead of Dick Advocaat's side after 15 league matches with PSV seeking to atone for a 6-2 home loss to McClaren's men in March under former coach Fred Rutten.

Twente led 4-0 at half-time and completed a crushing victory despite seeing central defender Douglas sent off early in the second half.

Former England manager McClaren is chasing a second title with Twente after coaching them to glory in 2009-10. He returned to the club 11 months ago after ill-fated spells at Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest.

"A match between two top teams means your concentration, focus and attitude has to be perfect to get your results," said McClaren.

"PSV have scored fifty goals at home and that indicates that they are such a threat at home. We must play well in defence, but we have shown this season that we can rise to the occasion in the big games.

"Last season we won 6-2 in Eindhoven. We played perfectly in the first half, and we were very effective.

"With four chances, we scored four times. We can set a good marker this time. Whether we win or lose, the title will not be decided, but we can take an important step as a team with a strong performance.

"We lead the Eredivisie. There is belief in the dressing room, but we still need to grow in the season."

PSV are without the injured pair of Dries Mertens and Jetro Willems for the visit of Twente. Advocaat is also missing his suspended captain Mark van Bommel.

Atiba Hutchinson and Kevin Strootman are both set to be brought in. Tim Matavz will start as striker up front.

PSV go into the match on the back of a 3-1 away win over Napoli in the Europa League group stage despite already being eliminated from the competition.

But they lost 3-1 to champions Ajax last weekend in suffering a second straight defeat on the domestic front. Twente's 2-0 over 10-man ADO Den Haag enabled them to move top of the Dutch table with their first win since November 4.

"Both FC Twente and PSV have got good results so far. They are on top of the table, but there is only a one-point gap between the two teams," said Advocaat.

"We look to make amends for two successive league defeats. We've earned a morale-boosting win over Napoli and we intend to put in another solid display when we face FC Twente.

"We definitely don't want a repeat performance of last season's corresponding fixture. In fact, I want my team to adopt a more physical style of play. We'll have to show them from the first whistle who's the boss. We're looking forward to a very interesting game of football."

PSV's Canadian midfielder Hutchison will be hoping to impress as he apparently continues to seek a move to the Premier League.

"I will be thirty in February and I want one last adventure. I will be available on a free transfer, so this is the right time," Hutchinson is quoted as saying in Voetbal International.

"If something from this beautiful country (England) comes along, I will not think twice."

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