PSV and Real Sociedad will get their Europa League group stage campaigns underway when they meet at the Philips Stadion on Thursday.

Both sides have enjoyed strong starts to the season domestically and will expect to challenge for top spot in Group B, which also contains Ligue 1 outfit Monaco and Sturm Graz of Austria.

PSV have already played six matches in Europe this season, impressively dispatching of Galatasaray and Midtjylland in Champions League qualifying before narrowly missing out on a place in that competition proper following a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Benfica.

Thursday will mark Sociedad's first foray into Europe this season, but after winning three matches on the bounce in La Liga, confidence should be high within Imanol Alguacil's squad.

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Besides from their narrow aggregate loss to Benfica, it has been a strong start to the season for PSV, who have won four from four in the Eredivisie and thrashed rivals Ajax 4-0 in the Dutch Super Cup back in August.

Roger Schmidt's side have looked especially strong at home, winning four of their five matches in Eindhoven and scoring an eye-watering 17 goals in the process, which has contributed to them being made slight favourites at 29/20 to win Thursday's match.

Sociedad triumphed at Cadiz in La Liga on Sunday and are priced at 39/20 to win in Eindhoven, while the Spaniards have shared the spoils in their last three Europa League matches on the road, which could bring the draw into play at 13/5.

PSV vs Real Sociedad Team News

PSV will remain without long-term absentees Richard Ledezma and Maximiliano Romero for Thursday's match, while midfielder Davy Propper missed the weekend victory over AZ Alkmaar with a muscle issue and must also be considered a doubt.

Cody Gakpo did feature against AZ despite picking up a knock during the international break with the Netherlands, so he should also be available to play his part.

Sociedad will once again have to make do without injured quartet Mat Ryan, Nacho Monreal, Carlos Fernandez and Jon Guridi, while captain Asier Illarramendi remains on the comeback trail and must also be considered a major doubt.

PSV vs Real Sociedad H2H

This will be the first-ever meeting between PSV and Real Sociedad.

PSV have a poor record against Spanish opposition, winning just five of 32 previous meetings, although they did win their most recent clash with Granada in last season's Europa League.

Sociedad have squared up against Dutch opposition less often, winning two of six previous clashes.

PSV vs Real Sociedad prediction

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With both sides being in good form it is difficult to see either losing on Thursday.

PSV have been strong at home, but they were held to a draw by Benfica in their last European match at the Philips Stadion, while Sociedad have not only drawn their three previous Europa League away matches, but also four of their last five fixtures in the competition.

A draw would also be a satisfactory result for both teams in the context of the group, as they are likely to be rivals for top spot in the standings alongside Monaco.

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PSV's Israel international striker Eran Zahavi has started the season in fine form, notching a total of 10 goals for club and country, including two hat tricks.

The experienced 34-year-old has scored six of those goals across his last five games, while he also struck six times during PSV's run to the round of 32 in the Europa League last season.

Zahavi was replaced after 55 minutes of Saturday's league win over AZ, perhaps with this game in mind, so he should be fresh and ready to lead the line for the Dutch giants on Thursday.

PSV vs Real Sociedad Betting Tips

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