PSV will be looking to make a first major step towards playing Champions League group stage football when they face Galatasaray at the Philips Stadion on Wednesday at 8pm (UK time).
The club from Eindhoven last tasted proper European Cup action four years ago under Mark van Bommel while Galatasary made the groups in 2019/20. This will be the seventh competitive meeting between the sides with PSV currently leading 4-2 in the head-to-head.
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Scoreline prediction: PSV 2-1 Galatasaray
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PSV vs Galatasaray build-up & previous line-ups:
It’s been a while since PSV Eindhoven played Champions League football. Back in 2018, Mark van Bommel’s men finished bottom of a group featuring Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan with only two points accumulated. They last entered the second qualifying round in 2019 but were dumped out by FC Basel and have exclusively played Europa League football since. Roger Schmidt’s side reached the round-of-32 last season and subsequently finished runners-up to Ajax in the Eredivisie, albeit 16 points behind the Dutch champions.
Galatasaray’s absence isn’t quite as long, but you still have to go back to 2019 for the last time Istanbul’s most decorated club tasted Champions League group phase action. They weren’t able to reach the knockout phase — which they last did in 2013/14 — with Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Club Brugge finishing ahead of them. Under the leadership of legendary boss Fatih Terim, they finished second in Turkey’s top division last season — only behind Besiktas on goal difference — and they go into this first leg on the back of a strong pre-season.
- PSV (vs PAOK): Drommel; Mwene, Ramalho, Boscagli, Max; Van Ginkel, Sangaré; Madueke, Götze, Vertessen; Zahavi.
- Galatasaray (vs Kasımpaşa): Balaban; Yedlin, Luyindama, Ozornwafor, Bayram; Kara; Akgün, Kılınç, Turan, Aktürkoğlu; Çağlayan.
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Player to watch: Eran Zahavi (PSV)
The stories of Eran Zahavi’s exploits in China presented a picture of a relentless marksman that could potentially do the business in Europe; the 33-year-old — who averaged a goal every 99 minutes for Guangzhou City and previously enjoyed a brief spell at Palermo — answered PSV’s call and he’s not looked back since.
His debut campaign in Eindhoven saw him bag 17 goals across 33 matches in all competitions. More importantly, six of those came in six European games. Zahavi has shown the appetite to lead PSV’s line and with creative players around him such as Mario Götze and Marco van Ginkel, the Israeli striker could be the one to spearhead the 1988 European champions back into the big time.