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PSV progress in København hands

FC København will look to deny PSV Eindhoven a UEFA Europa League knockout phase place in Copenhagen, with the Dutch side's 1-0 win on Matchday 3 leaving them close to a top-two finish in Group K.

PSV progress in København hands
PSV progress in København hands ©UEFA.com

FC København will look to prevent PSV Eindhoven securing a UEFA Europa League knockout phase place in Copenhagen, with the Dutch side's 1-0 home victory against the Danish club on Matchday 3 leaving them needing three points to be all-but certain of a top-two finish in Group K.

Previous meetings
• The teams met the first time a fortnight ago. København's only previous home games against Dutch opponents ended in a draw and a defeat against AFC Ajax, though they would go on to win both return fixtures in Amsterdam.

• PSV, meanwhile, have been to Denmark twice before, winning 4-3 at Esbjerg fB (1963/64 European Champion Clubs' Cup) and losing 2-1 at Næstved IF (1981/82 UEFA Cup first round), although they scored seven goals in the home legs of both ties.

Match background
• PSV are unbeaten in seven European outings this season, having recorded a 2-2 draw and six 1-0 victories.

• København are unbeaten in six European home games since a 3-1 loss to AS Saint-Etienne in the UEFA Cup group stage on 23 October 2008. PSV are unbeaten in their last three European away games.

Team facts
• København are led by former Norwegian international Ståle Solbakken, who represented the club as a midfielder at the end of a career which took in spells at Lillestrøm SK, Wimbledon FC and Aalborg BK. He won two Danish titles as a player and last season picked up his third since becoming a coach in 2006, giving him five in total.

• Solbakken appeared for Norway against the Netherlands in a EURO '96™ qualifying game in Rotterdam in November 1995, coming on for the last ten minutes of a 3-0 loss.

• As a Lillestrøm player, Solbakken also faced FC Twente in the first round of the 1997/98 UEFA Cup, while current PSV boss Fred Rutten was working as assistant to German coach Hans Meyer. The Norwegian club won 1-0 in Enschede but lost the home leg 2-1 to bow out on away goals.

• Back in the Netherlands after a one-season absence, Rutten spent his entire playing career and much of his time as a coach at Twente. He previously worked at PSV with the youth team and as assistant to Guus Hiddink in his second spell at the club, from 2002 to 2006.

• København left-back Niclas Jensen was a PSV player during the 1996/97 campaign, but made just three league appearances.

• København's Hjalte Nørregaard (SC Heerenveen, 2005-07) and Jesper Grønkjær (Ajax, 1998-2000) also have experience of Dutch football.

• PSV's Ola Toivonen and København's Ailton Almeida were team-mates at Swedish side Örgryte IS in the 2006 season.

• Players from both sides featured in the 1-0 win against Sweden on 10 October which confirmed Denmark's place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals. København's William Kvist was an unused substitute for Denmark, with team-mate Oscar Wendt not getting off the opposite bench. PSV's Andreas Isaksson was in goal for Sweden.

• PSV's André Ooijer and Ibrahim Afellay faced København's Kvist and Martin Vingaard in a 1-1 friendly draw between the Netherlands and Denmark in Eindhoven on 29 May 2008.

• PSV host AC Sparta Praha on Matchday 5, with København at home to CFR 1907 Cluj on the same day, 3 December.