PSV Eindhoven need a huge performance on Thursday if they are to defeat Sevilla and continue in Europe.

PSV played well at times in Spain but they were punished harshly for not taking their chances. Sevilla now have a 3-0 lead heading into the second leg in Eindhoven.

Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side will need to overturn that result to progress but at the weekend they were poor in a 2-2 draw against Utrecht, which leaves them fourth in the Eredivisie.

Sevilla also drew at the weekend, 1-1 at Rayo Vallecano and they are 12th in the La Liga table.

Despite the fact that PSV need goals, Van Nistelrooy told his press conference that he is not considering a change in tactics, “At the moment I see no reason to do so and I am sticking to the line that has been set.”

Van Nistelrooy wants his players to take inspiration from the Netherlands comeback against Argentina at the World Cup in the latter stages of the game, “You have to make sure that you arrive there in a certain way during the last half hour. And then you can do some tricks. We also saw that in Qatar against Argentina. Those scenarios are there, we have trained them. We know how to execute it. Then you just have to score the goal.”

Team News

Thorgan Hazard is out injured along with Anwar El Ghazi, while Olivier Boscagli is still not ready to start.

Van Nistelrooy is set to have Ibrahim Sangare back after he was ill at the weekend, while a decision will have to be made about who begins on the right wing. Erick Gutierrez is set to be available again too.

Possible PSV Eindhoven line-up; Benitez, Teze, Van Aanholt, Ramalho, Branthwaite, Sangare, Veerman, Til, Simons, Bakayoko, De Jong

Erick Lamela is suspended for Sevilla, while Loic Bade, Jesus Corona, Marcao, and Papu Gomez are all out injured, along with Karim Rekik who misses a return to his former club.

Possible Sevilla line-up: Bounou; Nianzou, Fernando, Gudelj; Navas, Jordan, Rakitic, Acuna; Torres, Gil; En-Nesyri


PSV Eindhoven 21/20 Draw 13/5 Sevilla 12/5

Fast start needed for PSV

Last week was hugely frustrating for PSV, who played really well at times in Spain but still came away with a 3-0 loss. Now, it is very likely that PSV’s European adventure will end on Thursday.

If PSV are to make a comeback they need to put the pressure on Sevilla as soon as possible and get an early goal back. Sevilla are not in great form and if PSV can get an early goal then something special could happen.

However, defensively, PSV have not been good enough recently and that will need to improve if they are to have any chance.

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