Hojlund, Emil Winther
Will PSV Eindhoven keep their European dream alive?
In their history, the Red and Whites have won two European trophies, claiming the UEFA Cup in 1978 and the European Cup a decade later.
Now, they continue their quest to complete the set.
This season’s campaign began in Champions League qualifying, beating Galatasaray and Midtjylland before a narrow play-off round loss to Benfica.
This saw them drop into the Europa League group phase where they finished third, edged out by Monaco and Real Sociedad after a 3-0 reverse in San Sebastián on matchday six.
Nevertheless, they bounced back by beating Maccabi Tel Aviv in the first knockout round of this competition.
Cody Gakpo got the only goal of the first leg, before Yorbe Vertessen’s opener in Israel saw them advance.
This is PSV’s first knockout phase win since 2012, with their last quarter-final appearance coming 12 months earlier.
Back home, Roger Schmidt’s side are currently embroiled in a very tight Eredivisie title race.
Following Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Heracles Almelo, they remain second, two points behind Ajax who they’ll also meet next month in the KNVB Cup Final.
This could still be a season to remember for PSV, so will they claim a first leg lead in this tie?
FC København meanwhile made their first-ever European quarter-final appearance just two years ago, losing 1-0 to Manchester United in Köln.
This season, they began with three do-or-die qualifiers but overcame Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino, Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Sivasspor, scoring 21 goals in those six matches.
Their form didn’t slow down in the group stages, topping their section with 15 points, above PAOK, ŠK Slovan Bratislava and Lincoln Red Imps.
So, Jess Thorup’s side return to European action in this tie, hopeful of continuing their adventure.
The Lions have won 12 Danish Superligaen titles since 2001 and are on course to claim their first triumph since 2019 this season.
København are currently top, three clear of Midtjylland, after a 3-0 victory over Randers on Friday night.
This one could go either way so who will win the first leg at Philips Stadion?
PSV Eindhoven team news
PSV are not missing anyone due to suspension but star attacker Cody Gakpo has to be careful because a booking would rule him out of the trip to Denmark.
Due to injuries, they’re without centre-back André Ramalho, New Zealand midfielder Ryan Thomas and striker Maximiliano Romero.
Nevertheless, Ibrahim Sangaré and Érick Gutiérrez, with Mario Götze as the number ten, is a very impressive midfield trio.
The aforementioned Gakpo will return to a front line that’ll feature Eran Zahavi with Ritsu Dōan, Noni Madueke or Bruma out-wide.
København team news
The away side’s starting striker Khouma Babacar is suspended while goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson and Jens Stage are walking the yellow card tightrope.
Also, key midfielder Zeca, winger Luther Singh and young centre-back Valdemar Lund Jensen are injured.
Given all this, January signing from LASK Mamoudou Karamoko or former Feyenoord front-man Nicolai Jørgensen will lead the line.
Rasmus Falk and Stage are their two men to watch; they’ll be the midfield duo.
PEC Zwolle vs PSV Eindhoven - 1:2
PSV Eindhoven vs NEC Nijmegen - 3:2
Feyenoord Rotterdam vs PSV Eindhoven - 2:2
PSV Eindhoven vs Willem II Tilburg - 4:2
SC Cambuur vs PSV Eindhoven - 1:2
|Latest match form, last 5 games:||
FC Copenhagen vs Silkeborg IF - 0:2
FC Copenhagen vs Aalborg BK - 3:0
Randers FC vs FC Copenhagen - 0:2
FC Copenhagen vs Silkeborg IF - 2:1
Broendby IF vs FC Copenhagen - 1:1
|May 15, 2022||Eredivisie 21/22||PEC Zwolle||1 - 2||PSV Eindhoven|
|May 11, 2022||Eredivisie 21/22||PSV Eindhoven||3 - 2||NEC Nijmegen|
|May 8, 2022||Eredivisie 21/22||Feyenoord Rotterdam||2 - 2||PSV Eindhoven|
|May 1, 2022||Eredivisie 21/22||PSV Eindhoven||4 - 2||Willem II Tilburg|
|April 23, 2022||Eredivisie 21/22||SC Cambuur||1 - 2||PSV Eindhoven|
|June 27, 2022||Club Friendly Games 2022||FC Copenhagen||0 - 2||Silkeborg IF|
|May 22, 2022||Superligaen 21/22||FC Copenhagen||3 - 0||Aalborg BK|
|May 15, 2022||Superligaen 21/22||Randers FC||0 - 2||FC Copenhagen|
|May 11, 2022||Superligaen 21/22||FC Copenhagen||2 - 1||Silkeborg IF|
|May 8, 2022||Superligaen 21/22||Broendby IF||1 - 1||FC Copenhagen|
|PSV Eindhoven||FC Copenhagen|
|26||Shots on goal||16|
|25||Shots off goal||14|
|56%||Average ball possession||10%|
|1||Shots on post||1|
|1||Shots on bar||1|
|11||Goals by foot||15|
|0||Goals by head||4|
|PSV Eindhoven||FC Copenhagen|
|2.5||Average Goals Scored||1.25|
|March 17, 2022||UEFA Europa Conference League 21/22||FC Copenhagen||0 - 4||PSV Eindhoven|
|March 10, 2022||UEFA Europa Conference League 21/22||PSV Eindhoven||4 - 4||FC Copenhagen|
|November 5, 2009||UEFA Europa League 09/10||FC Copenhagen||1 - 1||PSV Eindhoven|
|October 22, 2009||UEFA Europa League 09/10||PSV Eindhoven||1 - 0||FC Copenhagen|
|7||FC Twente Enschede||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|18||Go Ahead Eagles||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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What time is kick off between PSV Eindhoven vs FC Copenhagen?
20:00, Thursday 10 March 2022