Foot Predictions shows Thursday’s Europa League clash between PSV Eindhoven and Olympiacos, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
PSV Eindhoven go to the second step of your Europa League last 32 draw with Olympiacos on Thursday night, losing to 4-2 in total.
Despite the bonus of scoring two goals away in the first half, a quarter at the end of the Greek team gave visitors an advantage before the reverse game.
With PSV only considered an outsider for the Eredivisie title, Roger Schmidt is under pressure to have an extended race in this competition.
However, the 4-2 defeat in Greece left PSV with a difficult task on Thursday, especially with recent defensive performances that left much to be desired.
Nine goals conceded in four games, one of which happened over the weekend, when PSV had to recover to secure a 3-1 victory over Vitesse.
Schmidt’s team has won two of their last six matches, a series that will inevitably need to improve if the German wants to keep his job on the bench.
The biggest advantage in recent weeks has been the way to Donyell Malen, who scored two goals or watched in three of his last five matches.
As far as Olympiacos are concerned, last week’s impressive triumph was among the disappointing results against Panathinaikos and Aris.
Failure to win any of these games will serve as a reminder to Pedro Martins that your side is susceptible to complacency, something that should be avoided in the Netherlands.
Giorgos MasourasThe late goal of the first leg gave Olympiacos control of this tie, but there have been four clean sheets in all competitions.
While the return of Ruben Semedo due to the suspension it can prove fundamental, there is the feeling that Martins’ team will have to reach the marker to maintain the advantage in this tie.
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Martins will deliver a recall to Semedo in a move he is likely to see Sokratis Papastathopoulos fall into the substitutes’ bench.
Masouras could get the nod Mathieu Valbuena after leaving the bench to score a decisive goal last week.
Jordan Teze, Mario Gotze and Malen are all in line to line up on PSV after falling on the bench at the weekend.
Mohamed Ihattaren may return to the team after having missed the last two games due to illness, but Ibrahim Sangare it is set aside by means of suspension.
Possible initial line-up for PSV Eindhoven:
Mvogo; Dumfries, Teze, Boscagli, Max; Rosario, Thomas; Gotze, Thomas; Zahavi, Malen
Possible starting line-up for Olympiacos:
Sa; Lala, Semedo, Ba, Reabciuk; M’Vila, Bouchalakis; Masouras, Camara, Bruma; El-Arabi
Probability: PSV Eindhoven 3-1 Olympiacos
There have been many goals in the last games of PSV, something we hope to continue on Thursday night. Although we do not expect the Dutch to concede goals, Schmidt’s team has the firepower to make a difference at the other end of the field, potentially helping the club to move to the next stage by the nearest margin.
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