PSV Eindhoven will look to make it three wins out of three in the Europa League group stages when they host Austrian side LASK Linz on Thursday. Kick-off is at 8pm.

PSV Eindhoven currently sit top of group D after defeating both Sporting club de Portugal and Rosenborg.

On Thursday, Mark van Bommel’s side can take a big step towards the knockout stages if they can defeat Austrian side LASK Linz.

However, they go into the game on the back of a horror 3-0 defeat to Utrecht at the weekend. PSV were reduced to ten men which led to their first league loss of the season and they now sit three points behind leaders Ajax.

Speaking at his press conference, van Bommel said on the weekend’s loss, “You just have to calmly analyse such a match. What happened? How did we play? I wanted to say that we were not lost. We had more control and Utrecht only had opportunities if we made mistakes. Not even great opportunities. If I think we play badly, I say so. I don’t turn this around to protect my players. ”

Just like PSV, opponents LASK Linz, began the season in the Champions League qualifiers after finishing second in their league last year. However, they found themselves dropping into the Europa League after losing out to Club Brugge.

They currently sit on three points in the group after a win over Rosenborg and a defeat to Sporting. At the weekend, LASK hammered Mattersburg 7-2 and they currently sit 2nd in the Austrian Bundesliga.

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PSV have no fresh injury concerns after the defeat to Utrecht but he may decide to make changes after such a poor defeat.

Ritsu Doan and Jorrit Hendrix could make way for Bruma and Erick Gutierrez, while Ibrahim Afelley will be hoping to make his first appearance of the campaign.

Possible PSV line-up: Zoet, Dumfries, Boscagli, Viergever, Baumsgartl, Rosario, Gutierrez, Ihattaren, Bergwijn, Bruma, Malen

LASK Linz travel to Eindhoven without the injured Petar Filipovic, Christian Ramsebner, Emanuel Pogatetz and In-pyo Oh.

Possible LASK Linz line-up: Schlager, Wiesinger, Trauner, Wostry, Ranftl, Renner, Holland, Mischorl, Frieser, Goiginger, Raguz


PSV 8/13 Draw 16/5 LASK Linz 4/1

Can PSV make it three wins out of three?

Thursday’s clash with LASK Linz is not only important for PSV but also the Dutch coefficient. Austria are a rival to the Netherlands for a top 11 spot and a win for PSV would be a big help for the Eredivisie maintaining their lead over their rivals.

PSV head into the game as favourites but their clash with Utrecht will have undoubtedly had an effect, while LASK Linz are full of confidence after their big win at the weekend.

PSV will need to be far more assured defensively and look to create chances for Donyell Malen, who is in excellent form in this competition so far.

LASK Linz would be happy to take a draw away from the Netherlands and it will be up to PSV to find a way through them. If they can it is a big step towards the knockout rounds!

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