PSV Eindhoven head to Cyprus on Thursday looking to book their place in the Europa League group stages. Kick-off against Apollon Limassol is at 6pm.

Last week, PSV initially struggled to break down Apollon Limassol but three goals from Mohamed Ihattaren, Cody Gakpo and Denzel Dumfries after the break led to a comfortable victory.

Mark van Bommel’s side now have one foot in the group stages, but the PSV coach is taking nothing for granted.

He told his press conference on Wednesday, “We have set a good starting position, but there is always a chance for Apollon,

“It’s certainly not easy to play here under these circumstances. Last week we were happy with the 3-0, but outside the first fifteen minutes after the break, the game was balanced and, just like us, they also had opportunities to score. It is not over yet. “

Both clubs have not played since last week, with the KNVB giving PSV Eindhoven the weekend off in order to prepare for the second leg.

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Van Bommel heads to Cyprus without several first-team players, including Steven Bergwijn, who suffered a knock in training.

Bruma, Michal Sadilek, Ibrahim Afellay, Lars Unnerstall, and Ryan Thomas are also missing.

17-year-old English talent Noni Madueke is in the squad and could make his debut, along with other talents Justin de Haas and Amar Catic

Possible PSV line-up: Zoet, Dumfries, Boscagli, Viergever, Baumgartl, Rosario, Hendrix, Gutierrez, Ihattaren, Gakpo, Malen

Apollon Limassol have no fresh injury concerns since the first-leg and could line-up with the same eleven that lost in Eindhoven last week.

Possible Apollon line-up: Mall, Cunha, Parra, Canton, Kyriakou, Markovic, Sachetti, Gakpe, Gianniotas, Corpa, Zeleya


Apollon Limassol 21/10 Draw 13/5 PSV 23/20

What to expect from the second leg

Apollon Limassol caused PSV problems last week and should not be taken lightly in the second leg but van Bommel’s side have a substantial lead and should comfortably seal their group stage place.

Bergwijn being injured is a blow for PSV but they have more than enough talent on the pitch to get a win in Cyprus.

If Apollon try and attack PSV, the Dutch side should find plenty of space to hit them on the counter attack through the pace of Malen and Gakpo.

It would take something incredible to prevent PSV from taking their spot in the group stages. A win for PSV would be another boost for the Dutch coefficient.

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