After their Champions League exit, PSV Eindhoven drop into the Europa League third qualifying round and travel to Norway on Thursday to face Haugesund. Kick-off is at 6pm BST.

It’s been a difficult start to the season for Mark van Bommel’s side, who were knocked out of the Champions League last week by Swiss side FC Basel. They also began their Eredivisie campaign with a disappointing draw at FC Twente.

PSV must now motivate themselves for a Europa League campaign which begins on Thursday against Haugesund.

The Norwegian side finished fourth in their league last season and are currently in their third ever Europa League campaign. They entered the competition in the first qualifying round and have already defeated Cliftonville and Austrian side Sturm Graz.

The Norwegian league is already in its 16th matchday with Haugesund currently sitting eighth.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Mark van Bommel praised Haugesund and their striker Ibrahima Kone, “FC Haugesund is a team that wants to play football. They have a striker who can turn a difficult ball into an easy one. But I’m not going to tell you everything, because then it will be in the paper tomorrow. It is a big game for Haugesund, but that also applies to us. We also want to continue to the next round. “

The winner of this tie would face either Austria Vienna or Apollon Limassol for a place in the group stages.

Team News

Hirving Lozano has travelled to Norway despite links with Napoli but Toni Lato, Ibrahim Afellay and Derrick Luckassen have all remained in Eindhoven.

Timo Baumgartl is in the squad and the centre-back could make his debut for the club. Lozano was left on the bench against Twente as Gaston Pereiro returned to the midfield. It remains to be seen whether van Bommel will choose that option again in Norway.

Possible PSV line-up: Zoet, Dumfries, Sadilek, Viergever, Baumgartl, Rosario, Gutierrez, Pereiro, Bruma, Bergwijn, Malen

Haugesund have Martin Samuelson in their squad, who spent some time on loan with VVV Venlo last season. Their danger man up front is 20-year-old Kone, who has four goals this season in nine games.

Possible Haugesund line-up: Sandvik, Bergqvist, Desler, Tiedemann, Tronstad, Pedersen, Sandberg, Leite, Velde, Krygard, Kone

Odds

Haugesund 5/1 Draw 16/5 PSV 4/9

PSV are understandably the bookies favourite for the first-leg in Norway.

What to expect from the first leg

PSV head to Norway with a big point to prove after a poor start to their campaign and a first-leg victory will be expected by their fans.

However, Haugesund showed against Sturm Graz that they are absolutely no pushovers and Van Bommel will need to ensure his side are switched on defensively to ensure a good result.

With Steven Bergwijn, Bruma, Hirving Lozano and Donyell Malen, PSV should have too much going forward for the home side and their pace could get them in behind constantly should Haugesund look to attack.

PSV will be aiming for a comfortable win to take back to Eindhoven and kick-start their season.




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