Preview: PSV Eindhoven vs. Monaco

Preview: PSV Eindhoven vs. Monaco

PSV Eindhoven and Monaco square off in the Europa League on Thursday night looking to build on collecting four points from their opening two group games.

While both clubs have managed to secure a draw with La Liga pacesetters Real Sociedad, defeat on Thursday could see either of these teams drop into third spot in Group B.

There have been times this season where PSV have looked like they were going backwards under Roger Schmidt, particularly during a period where they lost to Feyenoord and Willem II.

However, now sitting just one point behind Eredivisie leaders Ajax and performing well in the Europa League, Schmidt will be relatively satisfied with the current situation.

Clean sheets remain a major issue for this team with just one being recorded in eight attempts, but scoring 22 goals in nine games at the other end cannot be ignored.

That said, their last seven strikes have remarkably all being scored in the 74th minute or later, a bizarre trend but one which suggests that this is a fit group of players.

Goals continue to be shared around the squad, their 22 efforts in the Dutch flight coming from 12 players and six different members getting on the scoresheet in the Europa League.

Despite claiming the same amount of points as their next opponents in Europe, Monaco have been considerably less impressive where performances are concerned.

After edging out group minnows Sturm Graz by a 1-0 scoreline, Nico Kovac witnessed his team give up a lead in Spain to draw with Real Sociedad.

Nevertheless, remaining undefeated at this stage is a respectable return, particularly given their inconsistency on the domestic scene.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Lyon, their fourth in 10 league games, has left Monaco down in 10th position in the Ligue 1 standings.

PSV Eindhoven Europa League form:
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Monaco Europa League form:
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We say: PSV Eindhoven 1-1 Monaco
With the margins for error extremely small in this group, do not expect both sides to push forward at will. Nevertheless, this could prove to be an intriguing clash, one which could end in a share of the spoils.

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