After their victory over Sporting club de Portugal, PSV Eindhoven travels to Norway for a clash with Rosenborg on Thursday. Kick-off is at 8pm.

PSV Eindhoven are aiming to top their Europa League group and they got off to a good start two weeks ago with a 3-2 victory over Sporting club de Portugal in the Philips Stadion.

Mark van Bommel’s side now travel to face Rosenborg, who were defeated 1-0 by Austrian side LASK Linz in their opening group game.

PSV go into the clash in good form having won 4-0 at PEC Zwolle at the weekend which keeps them joint top of the Eredivisie with rivals Ajax.

Rosenborg, who are coming into the final seven games of their domestic campaign, were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Brann at the weekend and currently sit fourth.

However, Rosenborg have only lost two of their last fifteen games, which were both away ties in Europe. At home, they haven’t lost since May.

Van Bommel will not be taking the Norwegian side lightly, “These types of duels are separate from other competitions. We are not in the situation to say that we can just win anywhere. Rosenborg is traditionally known for playing the long ball, but they have many more qualities. They can also play well on the ground. ”

The PSV boss also admitted they had difficulties with Norwegian side Haugesund’s during the qualifiers, “It wasn’t easy. They also had opportunities and now we must be ready, otherwise it will be a difficult evening.”

Team News

PSV travels to Norway without Ibrahim Afellay, Gaston Pereiro, Toni Lato and Sam Lammers.

However, Bruma is part of the squad despite the winger picking up an injury in the win over PEC Zwolle. Van Bommel may decide to rest Bruma though in favour of Ritsu Doan.

Possible PSV Eindhoven line-up: Zoet, Dumfries, Sadilek, Viergever, Baumgartl, Hendrix, Rosario, Ihattaren, Bergwijn, Doan, Malen

Striker Bjorn Johnsen, who is on loan at the club from AZ Alkmaar, could feature for Rosenborg,

Possible Rosenborg line-up: Hansen, Hedenstad, Meling, Reginiussen, Hovland, Konradsen, Lundemo, Jensen, Soderlund, Adegbenro, Johnsen

Odds

Rosenborg 7/2 Draw 13/5 PSV 5/6

Can PSV make it two wins out of two?

PSV Eindhoven are in good form at the moment with Donyell Malen and Mohamed Ihattaren standing out as two of the in-form Eredivisie players.

Confidence is high and they undoubtedly head to Rosenborg looking for another victory which would push them closer to the knockout stages.

However, Rosenborg are no pushovers and they can be incredibly tough to beat at home. PSV will need to be strong at the back and hope that Malen continues his excellent form in front of goal.

Rosenborg will look to win this game after losing to LASK, and that could open up space for PSV to hit them on the break through the pace of Malen and Bergwijn.

It will be a tight game in Norway and one that could go either way!




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