After missing out on the round of 16 of the Champions League, Sevilla FC is playing for the second consecutive season in the UEFA Europa League (UEL) qualifiers, their fetish competition (four titles, six including two UEFA Cups). The red-and-whites are looking to get off to a good start in this edition after having registered their worst results in 21 games of a LaLiga campaign this century (W6, D6, P9).
They say that he never gives up: three wins in the last four rounds of LL have allowed Sevilla to move away from the relegation zone, which has meant an important breather for the first leg against PSV, who currently occupies fourth position in the the Eredivisie. Sevilla have lost two of their three previous duels with Dutch clubs (G1, P2), but these clashes took place in two editions in which the Seville team ended up proclaiming champion (2006-07 and 2014-15).
The visit of Ruud van Nistelrooy’s PSV to Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán will put the recovery of the red and white team to the test. The Eindhoven squad maintains its chances of winning a treble of titles this season and moves to the Sevilla fortress, chaining four unbeaten games, in which it has scored 13 goals to advance to the quarterfinals of the KNVB Beker and situate four points from the leader of the Eredevisie (Feyenoord).
Watch out for the offensive potential of the farmers, who were the team with the most goals scored in the group stage of this UEL (15 goals, 2.5 p. p.). PSV will have to have a sharp aim if they want to improve their poor historical record against LaLiga clubs (G5, E13, P16), which includes only one victory in their 17 duels on Spanish soil (G1, E5, P11).
Players to watch: Six of Youssef En-Nesyri’s nine goals so far this season have come in cup games. Very powerful in the air, the Moroccan striker has opened the scoring in four victories for Sevilla with a clean sheet. This Thursday’s match at the RSP will be very special for Luuk de Jong, who spent two seasons with Sevilla and scored a brace in the 2019-20 UEL final (SFC 3-2 Inter).
Series notable: PSV have lost each of their last four two-legged ties against Spanish clubs.