PSV Eindhoven sets to get their Europa League exploits this week in Group B clash with Real Sociedad. The match schedules for Thursday at the Philips Stadion with kickoff at 10 pm.
The home side dropped into the Europa League after losing out in the Champions League playoff round. On the other hand, Sociedad earned their spot in the competition after finishing the fifth last season.
In addition, the hosts came off a triumphant 3-0 win over AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie last weekend. Similarly, Sociedad also got off to a 2-0 win over 10-man Cadiz in the La Liga.
If is form is anything to go by, PSV only lost one match in their last opening 11 games. Despite picking up form, their last defeat to Benfica came at a costly price. This was despite picking nine victories before their win.
Their exit from the Champions League means this is the fourth year the side remains out of Europe’s elite competition. However, the side remains at the top of the Eredivisie league with four successive wins.
On the other hand, Sociedad head into the clash after bouncing back from an opening day defeat at Barcelona. It followed with three successive wins in La Liga.
Furthermore, Imanol Alguacil’s remains defensive while keeping three clean sheets in a row. However, two of their last four goals have come from a penalty spot.
PSV Eindhoven vs Real Sociedad Head to Head
Both sides are yet to face against each other at this stage of the competition. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- AZ Alkmaar 0-3 PSV
- PSV Eindhoven 5-2 FC Groningen
- PSV Eindoven 0-0 SL Benfica
- Eindoven 4-1 SC Cambuur
- Benfica 2-1 PSV Eindoven
- Cadiz 0-2 Real Sociedad
- Real Sociedad 1-0 Levante
- Real Sociedad 1-0 Rayo Vallecano
- Barcelona 4-2 Real Sociedad
- Real Sociedad 1-3 Osasuna
PSV Eindhoven Team News
There is expected rotation in the squad, with Schmidt looking to lead the attacking line. Only one player has only started in four matches. Jordan Teze and Bruma came on as substitutes last weekend and are in line to start this weekend.
Real Sociedad Team News
Attacking options available include Adnan Janujaz and Alexander Sorloth to lead the attacking line. Furthermore, David Silva will drop to the bench. Matt Ryan sets to earn his first debut since signing in the summer.
Prediction and Odds
Given the threat in the group stages, both sides will be looking to put up a defensive display.
- Double Chance
- Goals Under 3.5