PSV Eindhoven host Norwegian side Haugesund on Thursday hoping to book their place in the Europa League playoff round.

Last week in Norway, PSV were far from convincing but a Steven Bergwijn penalty was enough to give the Dutch side a slender lead to take back to Eindhoven.

PSV will now look to finish the job on Thursday but will do so without Hirving Lozano who didn’t train for the last two days. The Mexican is set to join Napoli in the coming days and an injury won’t be risked.

At the weekend, Mark van Bommel’s side got their first Eredivisie win of the season after coming from behind to down ADO Den Haag 3-1. Haugesund followed up the defeat with another 1-0 loss at home in the league to Ranheim TF.

Should PSV defeat Haugesund on Thursday they will face either Austria Vienna or Apollon Limassol for a place in the Europa League group stages. The Cypriot side take a 2-1 lead into the second leg after winning in Austria last week.

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Van Bommel is without Lozano as well as Gaston Pereiro, who broke his collarbone. Ryan Thomas and Sam Lammers are also out.

Ibrahim Afellay is yet to make an appearance this season but could on Thursday. Van Bommel is more likely to turn to young star Cody Gakpo to replace Lozano.

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

Haugesund boss Jostein Grindhaug made several changes to the side that was defeated last week when they played at the weekend. With no fresh injury issues, Haugesund may decide to revert back to the eleven that caused PSV some issues in the first-leg.

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


PSV Eindhoven 1/7 Draw 13/2 Haugesund 16/1

What to expect from the second leg

Haugesund caused PSV’s defence problems last week but the Eindhoven side still came out on top and with a precious away goal.

PSV will now be big favourites to complete the job on Thursday and should be too strong for the Norwegians. Donyell Malen, Steven Bergwijn and Bruma are a dangerous attacking trio and they should be able to find a way through the visitors defence.

After a difficult start to the season, PSV have won two games in a row and should make that three on Thursday.

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