After a bad week, Coronavirus hit PSV Eindhoven head to Cyprus to face Omonia Nicosia in their second Europa League clash. Kick-off is at 8 pm

It has been a difficult seven days for the Eindhoven club, who have a number of players out due to coronavirus. They lost their opening group game 2-1 at home to Granada, and then followed that up by losing 2-1 against Vitesse Arnhem at the weekend.

Now, PSV head to Cyprus for a clash with Omonia Nicosia looking to get their Europa League campaign back on track with a victory.

The Cypriot side earned a 1-1 draw with PAOK last week and are currently unbeaten since losing a Champions League qualifier against Olympiacos. They currently sit fourth in their league, but are unbeaten in their league.

Roger Schmidt told his pre-game press conference that he is expecting a win, “Our goal is to get to the knockout stage, that’s what we’re here for and after last week’s defeat we really need a win.”

Team News

PSV are missing 8 players due to the effect of Coronavirus, with Denzel Dumfries, Pablo Rosario, Timo Baumgartl, Cody Gakpo, Joël Piroe and Maxime Delanghe all still recovering. Eran Zahavi and Jordan Teze have been denied entry into Cyprus despite recovering from the virus.

Marco van Ginkel, Erick Gutierrez and Max Romero are all out injured.

Jorrit Hendrix is set to start in defence, while Mauro Junior could start at right-back. Mario Gotze is back after missing the loss to Vitesse Arnhem.

Possible PSV line-up: Mvogo, Junior, Max, Hendrix, Boscagli, Fein, Sangare, Ihattaren, Gotze, Malen, Madueke

Omonia Nicosia have no fresh injury concerns and could name the same eleven that drew against PAOK last week.

Possible Omonia Nicosia line-up: Fabiano, Hubocan, Luftner, Lang, Lecjaks, Vitor Gomes, Jordi Gomez, Bautheac, Paopoulis, Tzionis, Duris

Odds

Omonia Nicosia 3/1 Draw 13/5 PSV 17/20

PSV still the favourites despite Corona issues

This game will be a major test for PSV, given their coronavirus issues, but a victory is now crucial after the loss to Granada last week.

In normal circumstances, PSV would be big favourites to win this game, and they still have the players capable of getting a result. Mario Gotze being back is a major boost for the club.

It will depend on how strong the defence remains throughout the game with Hendrix and Mauro Junior being pushed into the back four. If they can keep the hosts quiet, then a victory should be achieved, especially with the pace of Donyell Malen and Noni Madueke up front.




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