Out of form and missing their two key attackers, PSV Eindhoven head to Austria for a crucial Europa League clash with LASK Linz. Kick off is at 5.55pm.

PSV were cruising at the top of the group after defeating Sporting and Rosenborg in their opening two games. However, two weeks ago, PSV were held to a poor 0-0 draw by LASK Linz.

In the Eredivisie, Mark van Bommel’s side have also fallen eight points behind Ajax after losses to Utrecht and AZ Alkmaar, while they could only draw at Sparta Rotterdam at the weekend.

PSV still top the group but are only one point ahead of Sporting and three in front of LASK Linz, who will be hosting the Eindhoven side on Thursday.

Asked about PSV’s poor form at his press conference, Van Bommel praised the unity shown by the club, ”PSV is a top club, they have to win everything. I feel that too, everyone within the club feels that. And then the way we handle this phase. The club, the board, players, staff, supporters. It’s nice to see you all stay together. “

Van Bommel won’t change anything against LASK Linz though, “Sometimes certain competitions require different things, but we have to continue in the same way. I am a trainer who thinks about the longer term. If you want to teach players a system that you think fits best with them, it takes a lot of time. “

LASK Linz are currently on a six game unbeaten run and they comfortably defeated Austria Vienna 2-0 at the weekend. They currently sit second in the Austrian Bundesliga behind Red Bull Salzburg.

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Team News

PSV’s slump in form has been credited to the loss of key attackers Donyell Malen and Steven Bergwijn, who will once again be unavailable against LASK Linz. Jorrit Hendrix is also unfit.

However, Ibrahim Afellay is in the squad and could make his debut.

Possible PSV Line-up: Zoet, Dumfries, Sadilek, Viergever, Schwaab, Rosario, Gutierrez, Ihattaren, Doan, Bruma, Gakpo

LASK Linz are still without the injured In-pyo Oh, Christian Ramsebner, Markus Wostry and Emanuel Pogatetz.

Possible LASK Linz line-up: Schlager, Filipovic, Trauner, Wiesinger, Ranftl, Potzmann, Michorl, Holland, Frieser, Goiginger, Raguz

Odds

LASK Linz 29/20 Draw 13/5 PSV 7/4

Can PSV get a vital victory?

At the moment, PSV are lacking confidence and their two best players. Especially without Malen, PSV look very poor up front and the game on Thursday is coming at a terrible time for the club.

A defeat would increase the pressure on the Eindhoven side with a tricky away trip to Sporting and home tie with Rosenborg to come.

PSV need to step up in Austria and find some form, otherwise they could be on the end of a poor defeat, which could lead to a European exit. A draw would also be a great result in these circumstances.




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