PSV Eindhoven Valencia Odds : Unai Emery’s side to have too much class in Europa League
Valencia did most of the hard work in their Europa League tie against PSV Eindhoven in the first leg last week, and will be hoping to complete the job on Thursday, as they look the stand out bet of the night to complete the victory at 2/1 with William Hill.
The Spanish side ran out 4-2 winners at the Mestalla last week and will be confident they can complete the job in Holland.
However, it could have been so much more comfortable with Valencia racing to a 4-0 lead only to concede two away goals late on.
It means PSV need to win by two clear goals on Thursday to progress to the next stage of the competition – but it will be an uphill task.
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Eindhoven’s main problem will be in plugging their leaky defence which conceded six goals to Steve McClaren’s FC Twente at the weekend, thus hammering the final nail into the coffin of manager Fred Rutten.
Rutten was giving his marching orders by the club on Monday, following a string of poor results and has been replaced by Phillip Cocu.
Valencia will certainly consider themselves to be one of the favourites in the Europa League this season, having already overcome the tricky task that is a cold mid-week game away to Stoke City.
But manager Unai Emery has played down such expectations by describing his side as ‘hopefuls’ for the competition. He admitted that it will still be a tough game against a big club like PSV.
“PSV are a team with a lot of European history and (are) a strong opponent on the pitch,” Emery said. “Which makes this a difficult but attractive tie.”
One thing that will play in the favour of PSV is their home record. In domestic competition this season they have won ten of their 12 games at the Phillips Stadion, losing one and drawing one.
As is the case with half of Thursday’s Europa League games, the match kicks off at 6pm.