Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Mestni stadion Fazanerija will host the Europa League qualifier between Mura and PSV, who meet for the first time in European competition. Mura set up a meeting with the Dutch outfit by beating the likes of Kalju (4-0) and Aarhus (3-0), and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match. Kevin Zizek, who has already netted three goals in the Europa League qualifiers, is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
PSV, on the other hand, missed out on a place in the Champions League, but they surely want to go all the way in the 2020/21 Europa League campaign. Big-money signing Philipp Max made his PSV debut in the Eredivisie win over Groningen, and the pacey left-back is now ready for his Europa League debut. Anyhow, PSV are more of a team than Mura, who face their first difficult task in the Europa League qualifiers on Thursday.
Highlighted Player (Bruma):
Armindo Tué Na Bangna, known as Bruma, is a Portugal international who plays for PSV in the Eredivisie. Bruma is a product of the Sporting CP football academy, but he started his youth career at Uniao Bissau. The pacey winger born in Guinea-Bissau on October 24, 1994, made 13 appearances for Sporting CP at senior level before joining Turkish side Galatasaray in 2013.
The Portuguese footballer quickly established himself as one of the best Galata players, but after ending his loan spells with Gaziantepspor and Real Sociedad, he moved to Leipzig in the summer of 2017. After scoring five Bundesliga goals in 42 appearances for the Red Bulls, Bruma signed a five-year deal with PSV Eindhoven on June 28, 2019.
As for his international career, the 173-cm-tall winger made his Portugal debut on November 10, 2017 in a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia. He scored his first goal for A Selecao in a 3-1 win over Scotland on October 14, 2018.
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.