Sevilla and PSV Eindhoven lock horns at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in a crucial Group B encounter that could determine their fates in the Champions League.
Sevilla, despite their historic success in the Europa League, are yet to find their footing in the Champions League this season.
Diego Alonso’s men are on the brink of elimination and desperately need a win to keep their European campaign alive.
A lack of victories has left them at the bottom of the group with just two points from four matches.
On the other hand, PSV Eindhoven occupies the second spot in the group and has a realistic chance of progressing to the knockout stages.
Peter Bosz’s side secured a crucial win against Lens in the previous match, boosting their chances of advancing to the next round.
Sevilla’s recent form across competitions has been inconsistent. While they managed a win in the Copa del Rey against Quintanar, their performance in La Liga suffered a setback with a defeat against Real Sociedad.
With defensive woes and disciplinary issues affecting their recent games, Sevilla faces an uphill task against PSV.
PSV, in contrast, has been dominant in the Eredivisie with a perfect record of 13 wins in as many games, leading the league standings comfortably.
However, their away form in the Champions League has been a concern, having not secured a win in their last 15 away matches in the tournament.
Sevilla faces defensive concerns with Jesus Navas and Sergio Ramos suspended after receiving red cards in their last match.
Moreover, Loic Bade’s injury status remains uncertain, potentially prompting changes in the backline.
Erik Lamela, Suso, and Alfonso Pastor are confirmed absentees for the hosts.
PSV’s Andre Ramalho and Armando Bella-Kotchap are dealing with injuries, although Bosz hinted at Ramalho’s potential availability.
Olivier Boscagli and Armando Obispo are one booking away from suspension, while Mauro Junior and Noa Lang could return to action after recent concerns.
Navas, Nianzou, Ramos, Acuna;
Soumare, Sow, Fernando;
Lukebakio, En-Nesyri, Ocampos
Teze, Obispo, Boscagli, Dest;
Veerman, Schouten, Til;
Bakayoko, De Jong, Lozano
Sevilla’s defensive vulnerabilities could be exploited by a strong PSV side aiming to secure an early qualification.
The Dutch outfit, despite their struggles away from home in Europe, might capitalize on Sevilla’s weaknesses and secure a crucial victory.
- Our Prediction: Sevilla 1-2 PSV Eindhoven
PSV’s potent attack might prove decisive as they aim to seal their place in the knockout stages, leaving Sevilla’s Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.