Two sides that finished off runners-up in their domestic leagues last season fight for a spot in the Champions League as PSV welcome Galatasaray. The match schedules for Wednesday at the Philip Stadion with kickoff at 10 pm.
The two teams make the most high profile teams in the Champions League qualifying rounds, with the winner progressing to either meet Celtic or Midtyylland in August’s third round.
Most PSV fans are currently preoccupied with the state of affairs at the club. Two of their top stars are facing imminent departures during this summer transfer window. The futures of right-back Denzel Dumfries and Arsenal prospect Donyell Malen peaked for departures this season.
The two stars played a big role in Netherland’s Euro 2020 squad. However, Roger Schmidt remains focused on a return to competitive action following a series of straightforward, friendly wins.
The pre-season friendlies have been more than encouraging against modest sides such as RWDM and Delbrucker. A major success to wrap up their season friendlies ended with a 1-0 win over PAOK.
On the other hand, there has been a huge silence over the absence of Galatasaray in the Champions League. The last taste of action in the European continental stage coming in 2019. The side failed to make the group stages featuring heavyweights such as Real Madrid and PSG. A second spot finish marks their last season.
PSV vs Galatasaray Head to Head
Both sides have three games against each other, with PSV taking three wins while Galatasaray without a win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- PSV 1-0 PAOK
- VfL Osnabruck 0-0 PSV
- PSV 6-2 RWD Molenbeek
- FC Ultrecht 1-1 PSV
- PSV 4-2 PEC Zwolle
- Galatasaray 4-2 Kasimpasa
- Galatasaray 3-1 Yeni Malatyaspor
- Denizlispor 1-4 Galatasaray
- Galatasaray 3-1 Besikstas
- Genclerbiirligi 0-2 Galatasaray
PSV Eindvohen Team News
Coach Roger Schmidt strengthened defensive options during the summer with Andre Ramalho. He signed a three-year deal after leaving RB Salsburg on a free transfer. Another defensive resolution available is Brazilian centre-back Nick Viergever. Philipp Mwene is another replacement to step into the shoes of Dumfries.
Galatasaray Team News
Two unidentified players at the camp recently tested positive for coronavirus. The pair will miss both legs of this tie. Fatih Terim might get forced to shuffle the starting XI. Radamel Falcao will start up top.
Prediction and Odds
Given the recent coronavirus situation for the opponents, we expect PSV Eindhoven to take advantage.
- PSV Win
- Goals Over 2.5
- Both Teams to Score