Omonia take on Dutch heavyweights PSV Eindhoven on Thursday night (10pm) at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia in the second round of the Europa League group stage.
The Nicosia giants will be hoping to follow up last Thursday’s 1-1 draw against Paok in Salonika in their group opener with another positive result.
PSV arrived in Cyprus on Wednesday with a travelling squad of 19 players. They will be without central defender Nick Viergever though, who has tested positive for Covid-19. Viergever is currently self-isolating back in the Netherlands.
The defender has started five games for PSV this season, including their previous Europa League game against Granada. Viergever is the 11th PSV player to miss out on the game due to Covid-19 or other injury-related issues.
On the ongoing concerns around the coronavirus outbreak and its effects on football in general, PSV General Manager Toon Gerbrands said that football should go on since all risks can never be fully eliminated.
“Everyone in the team is doing what they should be doing in order to avoid infection. However, if you test positive it does not mean that you have failed. You can’t be 100 per cent shielded from this. I put faith in the players’ professionalism and their sense of responsibility”, Gerbrands said.
“We have the game against Omonia. We will go there and stay at the hotel. We cannot avoid all risks, however, we will limit them as much as we can”, he added.
Speaking before the game to the club’s own TV channel, Omonia youngster Nikolas Panagiotou said the Greens will do everything they can in order to secure a positive result.
“We will give it our all like we do every time. I hope we get the win because we will need it for the remainder of our campaign”, Panagiotou said.
“For myself this will be a major experience to be a part of such games. The feelings are indescribable. I’m very happy to experience such moments. Like I said, we will give it our best so that we can get the best result we can get”, he added.
Speaking to PSV TV in the run-up to the game, former Omonia and PSV goalkeeper Khalid Sinouh likened Omonia’s playing style to that of Dutch side Utrecht. Utrecht are currently eighth in the Eredivisie table with nine points from five games.