Sevilla’s attention will turn back to the Europa League this Thursday, as they look to make home advantage count against PSV. The Dutch side will be looking to continue their journey, and give themselves something to defend ahead of next week’s return game.
Europa League Preview
It has been an extremely difficult season to this point for Sevilla, but there have certainly been recent examples that the second half of the campaign could be more rewarding. The Spanish side comes into this opening leg of the playoff round having won two of their previous three domestic fixtures. Their only loss over that period was suffered away from home against Barcelona in early February.
Sevilla crashed out of the Champions League in the first half of the season, as they could only finish third in Group G. In six group stage games, Sevilla were beaten on three occasions, and they only managed to pick up one victory. However, their record in the Europa League is excellent, as they have progressed from 22 of 24 knockout ties in the competition.
PSV continue their hunt for glory in the Europa League on Thursday. They finished second in Group A, as they finished just two points behind Arsenal in the battle for the automatic spot in the round of 16. The Dutch side picked up four wins in six, which included a fine home success against Arsenal in their final home fixture.
However, the Dutch side doesn’t boast the best record in the knockout stage, as they have lost each of their previous three away games at this stage of the competition. Overall, they have conceded a total of eleven goals.
Sevilla vs PSV Head to Head
This will be a first competitive meeting between the two sides on Thursday. Meanwhile, it will also be the first time that Sevilla has come up against Dutch opposition in a knockout tie. Meanwhile, this is the third straight season PSV has clashed with a Spanish club, and they have won just once in four meetings.
Sevilla vs PSV Prediction
Sevilla’s season looks to be turning around at present, and that could mean that this could be a bad time to come up against them. Therefore, we could see the home side picking up the win, and a 2-0 scoreline could be likely, given PSV’s poor away record in European competition.
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