One of the games of the quarterfinal round in the Europa Conference League takes place at the King Power Stadium on Thursday. Leicester City will have home advantage for the first fixture, while PSV will be looking to take something back to the Netherlands to defend.
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Both Leicester and PSV would have been hoping for better in Europe this season, as they dropped into the Europa Conference League after underperforming in the Europa League. Leicester and PSV both finished their respective group stage campaigns in third place, which meant that they dropped into this competition.
Leicester would have been extremely disappointed with their performances in the first half of the campaign, as they picked up just two wins from the four games that they played, as they finished behind Spartak Moscow and Napoli. The Foxes made no mistake in their playoff round tie, as they easily progressed against Danish outfit Randers with a 7-2 aggregate success.
In the last round, they beat Rennes over two legs. The majority of the work was done in the first leg, as they won 2-0 at the King Power, with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring the vital second goal. Defeat was suffered in France, but the Foxes still progressed.
PSV would have also been disappointed with their performances in the first half of the campaign. The Europa Conference League is the third European competition that the Dutch side have played in this season, having dropped into the Europa League after being knocked out in the Champions League qualification stage.
PSV finished behind Monaco and Real Sociedad in their Europa League group, but have found their feet quickly in this competition. They edged past Maccabi Tel Aviv in the playoff round, before overcoming Copenhagen in a very eventful tie. The sides drew 4-4 in the first leg, before PSV made their dominance count in the second leg with a 4-0 win.
Leicester City vs PSV Head to Head
It will be a famous first meeting between these sides this week. Both sides will be looking to get the upperhand before the return fixture next week.
Leicester City vs PSV Prediction
Leicester’s home form has been integral in helping them reach this stage, with their biggest issues coming on the road. That could be the important factor ahead of this first leg, and we would suggest the best bet would be on the Foxes to take an advantage back to the Netherlands.
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