Winning second place in last year’s Eredivisie, PSV participated in the Champions League qualifiers, and based on their appearances, participating in the Europa League groups seems a bit unfair. Because they qualified in an imposing way against Galatasaray and Midtjylland, celebrating four victories, before being eliminated by Benfica. Last year, they were eliminated in the 1/32 finals by Olympiakos with an away defeat 4:2 and a 2:1 victory at home. Last Saturday, Schmidt’s team made an excellent appearance and won with 0:3 away to AZ Alkmaar and have 4 wins in a row in Eredivisie. The striker Vinicius, who was acquired on loan from Benfica in the summer, finally has the work permit and is making his debut. Defensive midfielder Sangare is out of action due to injury, while midfielders Pröpper Thomas and striker Romero return.
Real Sociedad have an excellent finish in the previous La Liga, which gave them fifth place in the standings and participation in the group’s Europa League. They managed to react after the defeat in the league premiere by Barcelona and are running a winning streak of three games. They will have support in Eindhoven by more than 600 fans, who traveled to the Netherlands. In terms of injuries, out of the squad are Rico, Monreal, Guridi, Fernández, and Barrenetxea.
This will be a spectacular game at Phillips Stadium, where we expect to see an entertaining game with a lot of goals on both sides.