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Free football tips, best bets and analysis for the Europa Conference League quarter-final second leg between PSV and Leicester City.

where to watch

BT Sport 3, Thursday 5:45 p.m.

Best bet

Leicester qualify
2pts 8-5 Betfair, Paddy Power

Team News

Erick Gutierrez is available after a one-game ban, Noni Madueke looks set to miss out while long-term absentees Ryan Thomas, Shurandy Sambo, Armando Obispo and Philipp Mwene are all unavailable.

Jamie Vardy is set to return, but this game may be coming too soon. Wilfred Ndidi, Danny Ward and Ryan Bertrand are out but Ayoze Perez, Baoubakary Soumare and Caglar Soyuncu are all expected to return.

Match Preview

Leicester’s Europa Conference League quarter-final with PSV is well balanced after a 0-0 first-leg draw, but the Foxes appear to have the value of progressing in Eindhoven.

The hosts have won just four of their 11 games this season in this competition or the Europa League, but despite this poor record they have every chance of claiming victory within 90 minutes.

Brendan Rodgers’ men beat Ligue 1 third-placed Rennes to reach that point, while PSV edged Copenhagen 8-4 on aggregate.

The first leg was a wary affair, with both teams creating a couple of half chances – Harvey Barnes hitting the woodwork for Leicester while PSV had a potential penalty dismissed.

However, foxes might be overlooked at prices. They have won six of their last ten games and lost only twice, including the 2-1 loss to Rennes which saw them through at this stage.

The return of Wesley Fofana from injury has brought much-needed stability at the back and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s recent form is up there with the best of an already considerable number of exciting young English central midfielders.

Leicester have overcome most of the injury problems that have dogged them throughout the season and with European qualification in the Premier League looking unlikely, they are going to throw it all in this competition.

PSV, and in particular their attacking skills, must be respected and it’s likely to be a close game, with extra time a distinct possibility. However, the Foxes may have just enough individual quality to advance to the semifinals.

Key stat

PSV have won just four of their 11 Europa or Europa Conference League games this season.

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