BAS vs PSV Dream11 Team: PSV Eindhoven look to take a crucial lead at home ahead of the second leg of this encounter when they face off against a tricky Basel outfit
Football in Europe is gradually returning to its competitive stage after a two month hiatus and beginning proceedings across the continent are the qualifiers of the 2019-20 edition of the showpiece Champions League. And taking on each other today in round 2 of the qualification process are PSV Eindhoven and Basel with a spot in the third round against LASK Linz up for grabs.
For PSV Eindhoven, their form ever since the culmination of last season has been an inconsistent one. The side lost 2-0 to Wolfsburg in their last pre-season match before eventually defeating Sion 4-1 in their league opener in the Eredivisie this weekend.
For Eindhoven, what has particularly pegged the side back in the agenda of improving from their second place finish in Eredivisie last season as they ended up finishing second t Young Boys has been the massive exodus of players from the side. Captain and goal scorer extradonaire Luuk de Jong has departed to Sevilla, along with left-back Angelino and centre-back Daniel Schwaab.
What has assured that the side haven’t suffered massively though due to those departures are the players they’ve managed to rope in with Toni Lato, Olivier Boscagli, Ibrahim Afellay and Bruma all added to the squad. They’ll be looking to turn to some of these new signings today to galvanise the playing 11 as they take on Basel who have always managed to make the most the resources at their hands to consistently make it to the Champions League year after year.
As PSV Eindhoven look to qualify for their second Champions League on the bounce, the big cause of worry for the side is an inability to rectify the midfield conundrum. The three man pivot in the centre of the field hasn’t yet been nailed upon with their uncertainty for the CAM role as well with Gaston Pereriro, Gutierrez, Mohammed Ihattaren, Sam Lammers and Lozano all emerging as contenders for the spot.
Along with a dearth of options in the centreback role, the issues are aplenty for PSV Eindhoven today but we see them just about scraping through to a win given that Basel aren’t the most astute of sides. With Eindhoven having already gotten their season underway with their intensity quicker, sharper and brighter than Basel, expect them to just about get a win from this match.
Goal-Keeper for BAS vs PSV Dream11
PSV’s Jeroen Zoet is our pick for this one. With the side yet to address the identity of their backline, there will be massive responsibility on Zoet to come up with crucial stages at important junctures of the match.
Defenders for BAS vs PSV Dream11
One player who is assured a starting spot from Eindhoven in the heart of their defence is Derrick Luckassen and we are going to opt for him. The defence is going to play a big important for Eindhoven today especially with away goals counting for so much and the home outfit will be looking to come away from this encounter with a cleansheet.
We have gone ahead with two names from Basel, both their fullbacks given the side’s affinity to utilise their fullbacks in attack as well. Eray Cumart and Silvan Widmer given the importance of two players in both the defensive and attacking facets of their side’s formation.
Midfielders for BAS vs PSV Dream11
New signing Bruma and Pablo Rosario are coming in for us from Eindhoven for this one. The side will be looking to get on the scoreboard as many times as possible as they look to take an unassailable lead forward into the second leg and these two players will be quissential to the side’s success.
A two man partnership is opted from Basel as well with Valentin Stocker and Luca Zuffi being selected by us for this one. Expect the side to be buoyed given the paper thin nature of Eindhoven’s defence with Basel will be aware is there to be played around with. What has been a major reason for the side’s consulate success in recent times has been the fearless nature of their attack, one which will rise to the occasion today as well.
Strikers for BAS vs PSV Dream11
With Lozano having recovered from an injury, he is more than likely to be deployed in the CAM rile by his side today. We are picking him up from Eindhoven along with Donyell Malen who’ll be given the onus of leading the side after impressing in the pre-season matches.
Basel have meanwhile turned to Albian Ajeti off late to lead their attack and he is going to wrap up our side for the day.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Malen has been chosen as our captain for this encounter while we are opting for Rosario as our vice-captain.
Probable Playing 11
Zoet, Dumfries, Lato, Viergever, Luckassen, Hendrix, Rosario, Lozano, Bergwijn, Bruma, Malen
Omlin, Widmer, Petretta, Fernandez, Comert, Alvarez, Frei, Zuffi, Stocker, Okafor, Ajeti
Champions League Qualifiers
Match: PSV Eindhoven Vs Basel
Date And Time: 23rd July, Tuesday- 11:30pm IST