Apollon Limassol vs PSV Eindhoven for the Europa League qualification match on Thursday at GSP Stadium.
Apollon can count on exclusive dedication to the entire Europa League qualifying matches. The 2019/2020 version of the Cyprus Championship started just last weekend, but the team was still relieved of their inaugural game so they could focus on trying to react.
This is not the first time they are at a disadvantage in a dispute. This happened earlier in the third round of qualifying, but the situation was far less complicated.
They had been beaten by Ireland’s Shamrock Rovers 2-1 in the first leg. Even so, they failed to reverse the scenario. The most they did was tie the result leading to the dispute on overtime. In extra time, scored 1 to 0.
In the previous stage, they had surpassed the Kauno Zalgiris of Lithuania. Later they beat Austria Vienna, from Austria.
For PSV, the place in the Europa League is a consolation prize. The Dutch runner-up started their Champions League qualifying campaign but was just in the first round. Thye fell against Basel from Switzerland for taking a disadvantage in the tie-breaking criterion of away goals.
In the Europa League, they passed Norway’s Haugesund, winning 2-0 at the rivals’ stadium and then trying to manage the advantage in their pitch, where they held a goalless draw.
Over the weekend, they had the help of Eredivisie. Their match for the fourth round of the 2019/2020 Dutch Championship was postponed so that they could count on a free duel preparation week for Thursday.
With seven points, occupies the sixth position in the national league. Has two points less than leader Willem II.
With the vast advantage built in the first match, PSV has no reason to impose a robust pace in the return encounter with Apollon, who will have to take the initiative to seek victory.
Thus, the prediction for the success of the hosts seems to be the best guess for Thursday’s duel for the return round of the playoffs that will indicate the last qualified for the 2019/2020 version of the Europa League.