PSV Eindhoven vs Real Sociedad predictions and match preview for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, predicted lineups and fantasy football picks as La Real head to the Netherlands.
|Thursday 16th September 2021
|21:00 (local time)
|UEFA Europa League Group Stage
PSV Eindhoven vs Real Sociedad Preview
Real Sociedad are in the Europa League for the second season running and they have a testing opening game in the Netherlands against PSV Eindhoven. La Real are on paper a team with the kind of qualities that could see them go deep in this competition and they will be hoping the experience of last year’s European adventure will stand them in good stead to improve on that this time around.
Imanol’s side faced Dutch opposition in the group last year. They were involved in two tight games against AZ, winning 1-0 at home and drawing 0-0 in the Netherlands. La Real did progress from their group but it went to the wire and they were convincingly beaten by Manchester United in the next round. They have been dealt another relatively tricky group this time around too so Imanol may not have much opportunity to rotate and rest players if he wants to progress.
They do come into this game in good form though. Having lost their opening match of the season, La Real have claimed three straight wins to nil. The latest came courtesy of a Mikel Oyarzabal brace at Cadiz on Sunday in a match where they utterly dominated possession, enjoying a 78% share of the ball, the highest any Spanish top flight team has recorded this season. Centre-back Robin Le Normand completed more passes than the entire Cadiz side combined!
They won’t expect to have such a level of dominance here against a PSV Eindhoven side that only narrowly missed out on a place in the Champions League. Having seen off Galatasaray and Midtjylland in convincing fashion, they were narrowly edged out by Benfica in the play-off round, dropping into the Europa League as result.
PSV have also made a really strong start in the Eredivisie, winning all of their opening four fixtures. Since the disappointment of the Benfica tie, they’ve beaten Groningen 5-2 and AZ 3-0 and all the signs are that they look stronger this season than last when they were actually beaten by Granada in Eindhoven, but still managed to win their group.
Head to Head
- This will be the first ever competitive meeting.
Davy Pröpper, Maximiliano Romero and Richard Ledezma are injured for the hosts.
Nacho Monreal and Carlos Fernández are missing for La Real. Mat Ryan looks set for his first start in goal.
Predicted PSV Starting Lineup:
Mvogo – Max, Obispo, Ramalho, Teze – Sangare, Ginkel – Gakpo, Gotze, Madueke – Zahavi (4-2-3-1)
Predicted Real Sociedad Starting Lineup:
Ryan – Munoz, Le Normand, Elustondo, Zaldua – Zubimendi – Oyarzabal, Merino, Silva, Januzaj – Isak (4-1-4-1)
PSV Eindhoven vs Real Sociedad Predictions
Score Prediction: PSV Eindhoven 1-1 Real Sociedad
These are two of the stronger teams in the Europa League group stage and they will most likely compete with Monaco for the top two slots in this group. It could be a difficult night for Real Sociedad but they have matured as a side and ought to have a better idea of how to approach this competition this season. They look capable of leaving Eindhoven with a point.