Match preview: Dnipro v PSV

Yevgen Konoplianka
Yevgen Konoplianka will be looking to cause havoc. Photo: PA

Dnipro midfielder Denys Olinyk is aware of how hard a Europa League group his side have been drawn in, but has the belief that they can progress from it.

The Dnepryani kick-off their Group F campaign at home to PSV Eindhoven on Thursday, with fixtures against AIK and Napoli still to come.

There is little to say which two of the four will qualify, but according to Ukraine international Olinyk, his side are a good bet.

"It is clear that this group will be very difficult," he conceded on Dnipro's official website.

"But I think any football player will look at the maximum problem, otherwise there is no sense in playing football.

"I think Dnipro have assembled a very good team and we can solve this difficult task. We will be well prepared psychologically for this match."

Dnipro have made an impressive start to their domestic campaign by picking up 21 points from 27 and, were it not for the perfect record of leaders Shakhtar Donetsk, would be top.

PSV, meanwhile, are fifth in the Eredivisie, with a split record of three victories and two defeats from their five outings so far.

"They are a very strong team," Olinyk added.

"But they are a team we can play against. They are a team that look after themselves and still allow others to play around them.

"But this is a first game of the tournament and the Dutch always play great. We will see."