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PL International Cup Final: Crystal Palace vs PSV Preview

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Crystal Palace Under-21s will take on Jong PSV at Selhurst Park in the Premier League International Cup final on Tuesday, May 23rd, kicking off at 7 pm.

This will be the first Premier League International Cup final since Bayern Munich last won the competition four years ago, as it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crystal Palace, managed by Paddy McCarthy and Darren Powell, started their campaign in September. They were placed in Group C and recorded three wins and one loss. It was enough for the Eagles to progress to the knockout stages, securing second place with a total of 9 points. The south-west London side achieved significant victories against Hertha Berlin, an emphatic 7-3 win against French giants PSG, and a last-gasp winner against Sporting Braga on their route to the knockout stages.

In the quarter-finals in March, Crystal Palace secured a hard-fought 1-0 win against Liverpool. Their semi-final opponent was Valencia, and the Eagles defeated the Spanish team on penalty shootouts after a 1-1 draw in extra time, securing their first-ever final appearance.

Paddy McCarthy and Darren Powell will hope to rely on Crystal Palace captain Jack Wells-Morrison, David Ozoh, and Tayo Adaramola if they are to have a chance of overcoming the unbeaten Jong PSV and clinching their first-ever PL International trophy tonight. Crystal Palace could become the first English side to win the competition since Manchester City last claimed it in 2015.

As for Jong PSV, this will be their second appearance in a winner-takes-all clash, as they defeated Fulham 2-1 in the other semi-final. The Dutch side will be looking to make amends in tonight’s final as they fell short in the 2016 final, losing 4-2 to Villarreal.

The Dutch side overcame a tough group and finished at the top of Group B, securing significant victories against Manchester United and West Ham United with scores of 2-0 and 5-0, respectively. They also achieved a remarkable 7-2 win against Arsenal.

In the quarter-finals, they overcame Everton 3-0 and then sealed a 2-1 win against Fulham to book their place in the final for the second time. The Dutch outfit has scored the most goals in this competition.

PSV’s attacking duo, August Priske and Jason van Duiven, have scored five and four goals, respectively, in the tournament, and they are the danger men for Crystal Palace to watch out for. Jong PSV captain Mathijs Tielemans has played in almost every game for his side this season, and he will be an important player for the Dutch side in tonight’s final.

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