PSV Eindhoven vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv: UEFA Europa Conference League history, form guide, previous meetings
One of four Dutch clubs in the UEFA Europa Conference League knockout stage, PSV Eindhoven enter the competition with a home game against Israel Cup holders Maccabi Tel Aviv.
• While PSV fell to third place in their UEFA Europa League group, behind Monaco and Real Sociedad on eight points, after a Matchday 6 defeat in Spain, Maccabi finished second in Group A of the UEFA Europa Conference League against LASK Linz after securing qualification with two games to spare.
• This is the clubs’ first meeting in UEFA competition.
• PSV are unbeaten in four matches against Israeli opponents. They won the first three matches 1-0 before relinquishing their perfect record with a 3-3 draw at home to Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Maccabi have a positive record against Dutch clubs in W3 D1 L2. Both defeats came in their first two games in the Netherlands, but they prevailed on their third and final trip, 2-1 at AZ Alkmaar in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League group stage .
PSV Eindhoven vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv: the latest match news
• PSV were second to 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 only taking one point each from 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 3-0 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 day five.
• Maccabi were second in the Israeli top flight last season, missing out on a hat-trick of titles as they finished four points behind Maccabi Haifa. They did, however, win the State Cup and also enjoyed a lengthy 2020/21 European campaign that lasted from the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, where they were eliminated by the Shakhtar Donetsk (0-2h, 0-1y).
• Three qualifying rounds were successfully negotiated by Maccabi this summer en route to the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage as they remained unbeaten by eliminating Sutjeksa Nikšić, Spartak Trnava and Shakhter Karagandy. They extended that streak with three wins and a draw in their first four group matches – including the biggest away win of the group stage, 5-0 at HJK Helsinki – to secure further progress, but went on to lose 0-1 at home to LASK, a result that saw the Austrians top the group and leave their hosts as confirmed runners-up.
• Maccabi are unbeaten outside Israel this season (W2 D4), with the win at HJK being the club’s biggest away win in UEFA competition. They have lost their two previous European away matches in the spring – UEFA Europa League defeats at Basel (0-3, also on aggregate) in 2013/14 and at Shakhtar last season.
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: Josué Sá (Ludogorets, loan), Djordje Jovanović (Čukarički)
Outside: Bar Cohen (Hapoel Nof HaGalil, loan), Eduardo Guerrero (Hapoel Jersualem, loan), Ronen Hanzis (Hapoel Nof HaGalil, loan), Luis Hernández (Cádiz), Guy Mizrahi (Ironi Kiryat Shmona, loan), Ido Shahar (Maccabi Petah Tikva, loan), Dor Turgeman (Beitar Tel-Aviv, loan)
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• Israeli PSV striker Eran Zahavi scored 127 goals in 168 appearances for Maccabi in all competitions, winning three successive Israeli Premier League titles (2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15) – and finishing top scorer in the league in every campaign – as well as the 2014/15 State Cup.
• Zahavi is Israel’s all-time top scorer, with 33 goals, and has played with several Maccabi players at international level. Sheran Yeini, Tal Ben Chaim and Avi Rikan were all teammates of Zahavi during his time at the club.
• Maccabi captain Yeini played for Vitesse from 2015 to 2017. His three games against PSV all ended in defeat.
• Dutch-born Maccabi midfielder Brandley Kuwas played for Volendam (2012–15), Excelsior (2015/16) and Heracles Almelo (2016–18). He has faced PSV eight times but has never won (D2 L6).
• PSV defender Philipp Mwene made his international debut for Austria in a 5-2 loss to Israel in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in September 2021. His club colleague Zahavi scored twice for an Israeli team in which Maccabi duo Ofir Davidzada and Dan Glazer both played. as substitutes.
• Former Serbian defender Mladen Krstajić was appointed Maccabi’s new coach on 9 December, replacing Dutchman Patrick van Leeuwen, who was sacked at the end of October.
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