Veteran European champions PSV Eindhoven and FC Copenhagen will meet for only the second time in UEFA competition, with the Dutch hosting the first leg of the UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16.
• PSV finished third in the UEFA Europa League group on eight points behind Monaco and Real Sociedad after a 3-0 defeat in Spain on Matchday 6 but progressed through the UEFA knockout round play-off Europa Conference League vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv, won 1-0 at home before drawing 1-1 away.
• Copenhagen won Group F of the UEFA Europa Conference League in the autumn to finish on 15 points in a group with PAOK, Slovan Bratislava and Lincoln Red Imps.
• The clubs’ only previous meetings came in the group stage of the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League, where PSV won 1-0 in Eindhoven before beating Copenhagen 1-1 in the Danish capital two weeks later.
• PSV’s overall record against Danish clubs is W6 L1 L1. They have won all four home games and all three previous knockout ties with two legs, most recently against Midtjylland earlier this season in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round (3-0h, 1-0a).
• Copenhagen’s other three UEFA competitions involving Dutch clubs have all been against Ajax, with the Danes winning the first two ties thanks to victories in the second leg in Amsterdam but most recently losing in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League round of 16. They won the home game by 2: 1 before losing 2-0 in the second leg. Her record in the Netherlands is therefore W2 L2.
PSV Eindhoven vs Copenhagen: the latest from the game
• PSV finished runners-up to Ajax in the 2020/21 Eredivisie, finishing 16 points behind the Amsterdam club. Roger Schmidt’s team made it through two qualifying rounds to this season’s UEFA Champions League, eliminating Galatasaray and Midtjylland but falling to Benfica in the play-offs (1-2a, 0-0h).
• The Eindhoven club thus appeared in the UEFA Europa League group stage for a record-breaking ninth season but failed to secure sixth qualification for the knockout stages of the competition, beating Sturm Graz twice (4-1 a , 2:0 h). but just a point away from the teams that finished ahead of them – Real Sociedad (2h 2, 0h 3a) and Monaco (1h 2, 0: 0a).
• PSV started this European campaign with two big victories in Eindhoven, beating Galatasaray 5-1 and defeating Midtjylland 3-0, adding to three straight wins from last season but have failed to make three European home appearances Victory (2 L1) to victory over Sturm on the 5th matchday.
• Copenhagen made their 14th UEFA group stage appearance in the autumn, having missed out on last season’s UEFA Europa League play-off defeat by Rijeka (0-1). They finished third in the Danish Superliga, six points behind champions Brøndby.
• Jess Thorup’s side handled their three UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier ties with ease, scoring 21 goals against Torpedo Zhodino, Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Sivasspor. The group stage was similarly smooth, Copenhagen made the double against Slovan (3:1, 2:0) and Lincoln (3:1, 4:0) and exchanged 2:1 away wins for PAOK. who finished second, four points behind.
• Copenhagen have won eight of their last 12 away games in Europe, losing just one. In addition, they have not conceded more than one goal in any of their last 23 European away games (13 wins, 6 draws, 4 losses).
UEFA Europa Conference League squad changes
In the: Natangelo Markelo, Ismael Saibari, Joey Veerman (Heerenveen)
The end: Derrick Luckassen (Fatih Karagümrük, loan), Emmanuel Matuta (Groningen), Davy Pröpper (resignation), Dante Rigo (Beerschot)
In the: Khouma Babacar (Sassuolo), Roony Bardgji, Denis Vavro (Lazio, loan)
The end: Pierre Bengtsson (Djurgarden), Ruben Gabrielsen (Austin), Rasmus Højlund (Sturm Graz), Kamil Wilczek (Piast Gliwice), Jonas Wind (Wolfsburg)
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Links and things worth knowing
• Denmark international striker Nicolai Jørgensen left Copenhagen for Feyenoord in 2016 and spent the next five seasons with the Rotterdam club, where he scored 56 goals in 144 games, including two in nine games against PSV (W6 D1 L2) and another against current goalkeeper Joël Drommel, then Twente, in a 3-1 away win in April 2018.
• Copenhagen full-back Kevin Diks is a Dutchman who played for Vitesse (2014–16, 2017) and Feyenoord (2017/18) in his home country. His five games against PSV all ended in defeat.
• Nicolai Boilesen started his career in the Netherlands with Ajax before joining Copenhagen in 2016, making 71 senior appearances for the club. His record against PSV was 2 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses.
• André Ramalho (PSV) and Peter Ankersen (Copenhagen) won the Austrian Bundesliga with Salzburg in 2014/15.
• PSV coach Schmidt guided Bayer Leverkusen to a comfortable win against Copenhagen (3-2 a, 4-0 a) in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League play-offs.
• The Dutch club’s English winger Noni Madueke celebrates his 20th birthday on the day of the match, while Copenhagen’s Norwegian 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 domestic rivals Feyenoord.
• The Eindhoven club will join three other Dutch sides – AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord and Vitesse – in the UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16. The only other country with more than one representative is France with two – Marseille and Rennes.
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