PSV Eindhoven travels to Lisbon on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League playoff with Benfica. Kick-off in Lisbon is at 20.00.

After three years without Champions League group stage football, PSV Eindhoven are two games away from returning to Europe’s biggest stage.

After comfortably seeing off Galatasaray (7-2) and Midtjylland (4-0), Roger Schmidt’s side must now contend with Portuguese giants Benfica, who overcame Spartak Moscow (4-0).

Schmidt was able to rest a few key players in the comfortable 2-0 victory at Heracles Almelo on Saturday which got PSV’s league campaign off to a good start.

Benfica also recorded a league victory in the run-up to the game with 10-man Arouca no match in a 2-0 win for the Lisbon side.

Both sides go into the game with 100% records so far this season.

Team News

Joel Drommel, Philipp Max, Olivier Boscagli, Marco van Ginkel, Cody Gakpo, Mario Gotze, and Eran Zahavi were all given some rest at the weekend but should all come back into the starting line-up.

Possible PSV line-up: Drommel; Teze, Ramalho, Boscagli, Max; Sangare, Van Ginkel; Madueke, Gotze, Gakpo; Zahavi

Benfica will be without injured centre-back Jan Vertonghen, while forwards Darwin Nunez and Haris Seferovic are also out.

Possible Benfica line-up: Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Verissimo, Grimaldo; Pizzi, Weigl, Mario, Everton; Waldschmidt, Yaremchuk


Benfica 21/20 Draw 5/2 PSV 12/5

Key Players

Noni Madueke

The English winger has made an outstanding start to the campaign with Madueke already scoring five times and adding an assist in six games. He will be a major threat to the Benfica defence and his link-up play with Zahavi, Gakpo and Gotze will be key to a possible PSV victory.

Roman Yaremchuk

The Ukrainian striker was Benfica’s big summer signing from Gent and he has scored once and provided two assists in his first two games for the club. He will start up front for Benfica and the PSV defence will need to be wary of the threat he poses.

Can PSV get a big result in Lisbon?

It would be huge for Dutch football and the Eredivisie’s coefficient if there were two sides in the Champions League group stages and PSV have a great chance of joining Ajax.

Schmidt’s side have looked great so far this season but they will come up against their biggest test in Lisbon on Wednesday. Benfica are also off to a great start and Jorge Jesus has a very talented side at his disposal.

The first leg could be a cagey tie with both sides eager to avoid the Europa League this season. If PSV could head to Eindhoven with a draw that would be a great result.

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