PSV Eindhoven vs Copenhagen: UEFA Europa Conference League history, form guide, previous meetings
Europe’s experienced strikers from PSV Eindhoven and FC Copenhagen are together for just the second time in UEFA competition, with the Dutch side hosting the first leg of the UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16.
• PSV finished third in their UEFA Europa League group behind Monaco and Real Sociedad on eight points after a 3-0 defeat in Spain on Matchday 6 but progressed to the play-offs direct from the UEFA Europa Conference League against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. , winning 1-0 at home before drawing 1-1 away.
• Copenhagen won Group F of the UEFA Europa Conference League in the autumn, finishing with 15 points in a group including PAOK, Slovan Bratislava and Lincoln Red Imps.
• The clubs’ only previous encounters date back to the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage, with PSV winning 1-0 in Eindhoven before holding Copenhagen 1-1 in the Danish capital a fortnight later .
• PSV’s overall record against Danish clubs is W6 D1 L1. They have won all four home matches and the previous three knockout matches, the most recent against Midtjylland earlier this season in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round (3-0h, 1-0a).
• The other three UEFA fixtures between Copenhagen and Dutch clubs have all come against Ajax, with the Danish side winning the first two with second-leg victories in Amsterdam but losing the most recent, in the round of 16 2016/17 UEFA Europa League finals, when they won the first leg 2-1 before a 0-2 defeat in the second leg. Their record in the Netherlands is therefore W2 L2.
PSV Eindhoven vs Copenhagen: the latest match news
• PSV were second behind Ajax in the 2020/21 Eredivisie, finishing 16 points behind the Amsterdam club. Roger Schmidt’s side have played in two UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds this season, eliminating Galatasaray and Midtjylland, but lost in the play-offs to Benfica (1-2a, 0-0h).
• The Eindhoven club thus contested the group stage of the UEFA Europa League for a record ninth season, but failed to secure a sixth qualification for the competition’s knockout stage, beating Sturm Graz in twice (4-1 a, 2-0 h). but taking a single point from each of the teams that finished above them – Real Sociedad (2-2h, 0-3a) and Monaco (1-2h, 0-0a).
• PSV started this European campaign with two big wins at Eindhoven, 5-1 against Galatasaray and that 3-0 win against Midtjylland, to add three in a row since last season, but winless in three European home games (D2 L1) until they beat Sturm on Matchday 5.
• Copenhagen entered a 14th UEFA group stage campaign in the autumn, having missed last season when they were eliminated in the UEFA Europa League play-offs by Rijeka (0-1h). They finished third in the Danish Superliga, six points behind champions Brøndby.
• Jess Thorup’s side have been efficient in their three UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying matches, scoring 21 goals against Torpedo Zhodino, Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Sivasspor. It was just as straightforward in the group stage, with Copenhagen securing the double against Slovan (3-1 a, 2-0 a) and Lincoln (3-1 a, 4-0 a) and trading 2-1 wins at the away with PAOK, who finished four points behind them as runners-up.
• Copenhagen have won eight of their last 12 European away matches, losing just one. Moreover, they have conceded just one goal in their last 23 European away matches (W13 D6 L4).
UEFA Europa Conference League squad changes
In: Nathangelo Markelo, Ismael Saibari, Joey Veerman (Heerenveen)
Outside: Derrick Luckassen (Fatih Karagümrük, loan), Emmanuel Matuta (Groningen), Davy Pröpper (retired), Dante Rigo (Beerschot)
In: Khouma Babacar (Sassuolo), Roony Bardgji, Denis Vavro (Lazio, loan)
Outside: Pierre Bengtsson (Djurgården), Ruben Gabrielsen (Austin), Rasmus Højlund (Sturm Graz), Kamil Wilczek (Piast Gliwice), Jonas Wind (Wolfsburg)
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• Danish international striker Nicolai Jørgensen left Copenhagen for Feyenoord in 2016 and spent the next five seasons with the Rotterdam club, scoring 56 goals in 144 appearances, including two in nine games against PSV (W6 D1 L2) and one another ahead of their current goalkeeper Joël Drommel, then from Twente, in a 3-1 away win in April 2018.
• Copenhagen full-back Kevin Diks is a Dutchman who played in his homeland for Vitesse (2014-16, 2017) and Feyenoord (2017/18). His five games against PSV all ended in defeat.
• Nicolai Boilesen started his career in the Netherlands with Ajax, making 71 senior appearances for the club before joining Copenhagen in 2016. His record against PSV was W2 D1 L2.
• André Ramalho (PSV) and Peter Ankersen (Copenhagen) won the Austrian Bundesliga title with Salzburg in 2014/15.
• PSV coach Schmidt led Bayer Leverkusen to a resounding victory against Copenhagen in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League play-offs (3-2a, 4-0h).
• Dutch club England winger Noni Madueke turns 20 on match day, while Copenhagen defender Ruben Gabrielsen turns 30.
• PSV are one of three former European Cup/UEFA Champions League winners in the UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16, along with Marseille and national rivals Feyenoord.
• The Eindhoven club are joined by three other Dutch sides in the UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16: AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord and Vitesse. The only other country with more than one representative is France, with two – Marseille and Rennes.
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