Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on Phillips Stadion when PSV and Sporting CP face each other in the Group D derby at the start of the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign. The Dutch vice-champions failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, with the team losing to Basel in the double-header, but they should not be written off just yet.
PSV loyal fans are likely to pack Phillips Stadion for the Europa League opener against Sporting CP and seeing that PSV are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, we are positive that the hosts are going to find the net in Thursday’s football match. Seeing that Sporting CP coach Marcel Keizer has a number of high-profile attackers to choose from, including Argentina international Luciano Vietto, who played for the likes of Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla in the past, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Steven Bergwijn):
Steven Bergwin is a product of ASC Waterwijk football school, but in 2009 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In 2011 he moved to PSG and he continued playing for the club’s reserve team at senior level. He made his debut with the senior team on May 20, 2015 in a 2-0 win over Heracles.
Over the years the Dutch footballer born in Amsterdam on October 8, 1997, has established himself as a first-team regular at PSV, earning a call-up for the national team as well. Steven Bergwijn made his Netherlands debut on October 12, 2018 in a 3-0 win over Germany. His main position is left winger, but he is used as both right winger and centre-forward as well.
His preferred foot is right and it has to be noted that his parents are of Suriname descent, he has a dual citizenship. Bergwijn scored 14 goals in 33 appearances for PSV in the 2018/2019 Eredivisie season.
Highlighted Team (Sporting):
When it comes to official club members, Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon are the sixth club in the world. Commonly referred to as Leoes which is Portuguese for Lions, Sporting Lisbon were founded in 1906 and are one of the founders of the Primeira Liga.
Sporting’s main rivals are Benfica, with both teams contesting the Lisbon Derby, one of the most fierce ones in Europe. Lions play their games at Estadio Jose Alvelade in front of 50,000 people and are the third most successful club in the country with 46 titles in Portuguese competitions and a title in the European Cup Winner’s Cup from 1963-64.
During this time that is also known as the club’s golden years, Sporting Lisbon won the majority of their 18 Primeira Liga titles in total. Sporting Lisbon boasts the quality football youth academy system which has yielded world-class footballers such as Paulo Furte, Simao Sabrosa, Nani and Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.