Our prediction for this Europa League match:
There will be fireworks when Granada and PSV square off against each other at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes in the Europa League group stages round 5. Los Granadinos recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Omonia in their last group match, with the team almost securing a spot in the last 32. Since the La Liga side would be happy with one point from Thursday’s clash, we predict that they will adopt a cautious approach.
The likes of Azeez, Diaz, Kenedy, Lozano, and Montoro are all likely to miss the game with injury. PSV, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-2 win over PAOK. The Eredivisie outfit are only one point clear of PAOK in Group E, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes clash as well. The likes of Gutierrez, Ihattaren, Obispo, Romero, Thomas, and van Ginkel have all been struggling with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Maxime Gonalons):
The 27-year-old France international defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons has been with Lyon since the tender age of 10, climbing through the club’s rank all the way to the first-team regular and club captain. Gonalons made his competitive debut for Lyon in 2009 against Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League playoof round when he came on for Jeremy Toulalan.
During the seven seasons with Lyon’s first-team, Maxime Gonalons established himself as the mainstay completing the total of 212 Ligue 1 appearances. Reliable midfielder has been a major impact in Lyon’s Champions League challenges as well, taking part in all of his club’s five appearances in Europe’s elite competition last year.
Playing in the holding role at Lyon, Maxime Gonalons’ influence is pivotal as the French international adds much needed steel to the midfield allowing his more creative teammates the freedom and carelessness upfront. His locker room impact is equally crucial as the 27-year-old midfielder is an imposing figure both on and off the pitch.
Highlighted Team (PSV):
Based in Eindhoven, Netherlands, PSV is a professional football club competing the top flight of the Dutch football, Eredivisie. PSV play their home games at the Phillips Stadium which can accommodate 35,000 people. Over the course of its 100-year-old history, PSV has become one of the country’s Big Three clubs that has dominated Eredivisie along with Ajax and Feyenoord.
Known as a stepping stone for future world-class stars, PSV propelled the likes of Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Romario, Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and most recently Arjen Robben. The Boeren (Peasants) as they call themselves take pride in Eindhoven’s status of being a provincial city and never hide their Brabantian heritage which allow them to enjoy their uniqueness in the company of more prominent clubs from Dutch big cities.
The Peasants boast 23 domestic league titles and 9 KNVB Cup trophies. They have also managed two major European titles – European Cup in 1987-88 and UEFA Cup in 1977-78.