Europa League preview | Sevilla vs PSV Eindhoven

PSV Eindhoven return to European action with a new look attack at their disposal after a pretty busy January transfer window. 

They travel to Spain in the Europa League knockout round play-offs to face Sevilla after finishing runners-up in Group A with Premier League side Arsenal securing top spot while Bodo/Glimt drop down to the Europa Conference League and FC Zurich finishing bottom of the group. 

Sevilla started their European campaign in the Champions League but finished third in their group as Premier League’s Manchester City and Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund proceeded through to the knockout stages while Copenhagen finished without a win in the group stages. 

The La Liga side will be keen to proceed through to the round of 16 in the competition which they have won a record six times but first face Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Eredivisie club. 

PSV saw key players Cody Gakpo and Noni Madueke leave for big money moves to Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.

During the window, they club welcomed Thorgan Hazard and Fabio Silva filling the gaps on short loan-term deals for the rest of the season. 

Here are both side’s current form in all competitions: 

Sevilla: W-L-W-L-W


Team news

Van Nistelrooy managed to rest a number of key players in their big win against Groningen in the Eredivisie last weekend and could see the Dutch coach name an unchanged side. 

Defender Phillipp Mwene may well return to the starting XI after recovering from a concussion while 19-year-old Johan Bayoko will be hoping to keep his place on the right-wing after an impressive display in PSV’s last match. 

Sevilla head coach Jorge Sampoli will have to make a decision between Marcos Acuna and Bryan Gil at left wing-back after the Spurs loanee impressive performance in their win against Mallorca. 

GBeNeFN | Tom Phillips

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