Olympiakos Piraeus VS PSV Eindhoven, an important away goals

Match Time:2/19/2021 01:55 Friday  (GMT+8)

UEFA Europa League --  Olympiakos Piraeus   VS   PSV Eindhoven

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Olympiacos play host to PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday evening having struggled in the Champions League before Christmas.  

 

Meanwhile, PSV have progressed through to this stage of the competition courtesy of topping a group which included Granada and fellow Greek side PAOK.  

 

Match preview

PSV have endured an indifferent first campaign under Roger Schmidt, the club already sitting six points adrift of Ajax having played a game more than the Eredivisie leaders.  However, the Dutch outfit overcame a slow start in this competition to book their place in the last 32, winning their final three games to edge out Granada for top spot.  

 

PSV warmed up for the trip to Greece with a shock 2-2 draw away at ADO Den Haag after conceding a last-minute equaliser to their relegation-threatened opponents.  On a positive note, Donyell Malen posted his second double in three matches, taking his tally for the season to 19 goals in all competitions.  

 

Olympiacos would have fancied their chances of still being in the Champions League at this stage of the season when they defeated Marseille on matchday one.  However, five successive defeats followed for Pedro Martins's team, their place in the Europa League only being secured when Marseille lost out at Manchester City in their final game.  

 

Martins will be the first to acknowledge that the club are fortunate to be still competing on the continent, as well as being provided with a winnable tie.  Nevertheless, Olympiakos, the Greek league leaders, had been on a 15-match unbeaten run in all competitions before they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at Panathinaikos on Sunday.  

 

Olympiacos Champions League form: WLLLLL 

Olympiacos form (all competitions): WWWWWL  

PSV Eindhoven Europa League form: LWLWWW 

PSV Eindhoven form (all competitions): WWLWLD  

 

Team News  

Schmidt is expected to make a number of changes to his PSV starting lineup, including handing recalls to Denzel Dumfries and Mohammed Ihattaren.  

 

Jordan Teze could be restored to the middle of the backline, potentially as a replacement for Timo Baumgartl.  

 

Martins will bring Ousseynou Ba back into the Olympiacos XI as a replacement for Ruben Semedo, who is serving a one-match ban.  

 

Veteran forward Youssef El-Arabi will also expect to return to the team after only being named as a substitute against Panathinaikos, likely leaving Koka to take a place on the bench.  

 

Giorgos Masouras is another creative player in contention to come back into the side.  

 

Olympiacos possible starting lineup: 

Sa; Androutsos, Sokratis, Ba, Reabciuk; Silva, Camara, Bouchalakis; Vrousai, El-Arabi, Masouras  

 

PSV Eindhoven possible starting lineup: 

Mvogo; Dumfries, Teze, Boscagli, Max; Sangare, Rosario; Thomas, Ihattaren; Zahavi, Malen    

 

Olympiacos 1-2 PSV Eindhoven

 

Olympiakos Piraeus VS PSV Eindhoven, an important away goals

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