PSV Eindhoven and FC Copenhagen will lock horns in the first leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16 tie on Thursday. Both teams meet at the Philips Stadion for their Europa Conference League duel in the midweek. We can expect a thrilling game as both teams are on a winning streak.
PSV are undefeated in the last eight games of various competitions and registered seven victories in that duration. At the same time, Copenhagen has the back of four consecutive wins and 11 winnings out of the last 12 meetings.
The hosts come into the game on the back of a 3-1 home win over Heracles in the Eredivisie on Sunday. Three players got on the scoresheet for the Eindhoven outfit, with Cody Gakpo coming off the bench to wrap up the scoring in the 71st minute.
Copenhagen also secured maximum points in a comfortable 3-0 home win over Randers FC in the Danish Super Liga.
The Danes secured their spot at this stage of the competition after finishing top of Group F. Meanwhile, PSV dropped from the UEFA Europa League, dispatching Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1 on aggregate in the playoffs last month.
PSV Eindhoven: For PSV, already three players are ruled out for the game due to injuries. They are: Maximiliano Romero, Andre Ramalho Silva and Shurandy Sambo. Phillipp Mwene and Ryan Thomas are doubtful for the game.
FC Copenhagen: Copenhagen also has three injured players and is ruled out of the game. Zeca, Luther Singh and Valdemar Lund Jensen are those players. Babacar Khouma is suspended due to the red card he picked up in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers while playing for Alanyaspor last season.
PSV Eindhoven (4-2-3-1): Joel Drommel (GK); Philipp Max, Jordan Teze, Olivier Boscagli, Mauro Junior; Erick Gutierrez, Ibrahim Sangare; Joey Veerman, Mario Gotze, Nony Madueke; Eran Zahavi
FC Copenhagen (4-5-1): Kamil Grabara (GK); Victor Kristiansen, Nicolai Boilesen, Denis Vavro, Peter Ankersen; Paul Mukairu, Pep Biel, Roony Bardagji, Rasmus Jensen, Jens Stage; Mamadou Karamoko
Head to Head:
The clubs’ only previous encounters came in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage, PSV winning 1-0 in Eindhoven before holding Copenhagen to a 1-1 draw in the Danish capital a fortnight later.
PSV’s overall record against Danish clubs is W6 D1 L1. They have won all four home games and all three previous two-legged knockout ties, the most recent against Midtjylland earlier this season in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.
PSV form guide in all competitions: W-W-W-D-W
Copenhagen form guide including friendlies: W-W-W-W-L
Kick-Off: Thursday 10th March 2022 at 20:00 (UK)
Venue: Philips Stadion in Eindhoven