Ajax welcome Eredivisie rivals PSV Eindhoven for a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday afternoon (3.45pm kick-off, UK time).
Ajax XI: Onana; Mazraoui, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico; Gravenberch, Klaassen; Antony, Labyad, Promes; Tadic.
PSV XI: Mvogo; Dumfries, Teze, Boscagli, Max; Gapko, Rosario, Sangare, Ihattaren; Zahavi, Malen.
Where to watch Ajax vs PSV on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 2
- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Ajax 1-1 PSV
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Ajax vs PSV build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
A debilitating stalemate against struggling Willem II before the recent winter break has blown open this season’s Eredivisie title race. For a while it seemed Ajax were cruising to another championship, but tiredness has crept into their game which manager Erik ten Hag is hoping goes away in the second half of this campaign, and at home they’ve been near perfect. In seven previous outings this season, the Amsterdammers have won all but one, a shock 1-2 loss against FC Twente, which leaves them having conceded six times whilst netting 25 goals.
PSV, who have only won on two of their last 12 visits to the Dutch capital, now find themselves one point behind the champions and have looked decent on the road, collecting three wins from seven, whilst tasting one defeat. The club from Eindhoven will no doubt present a considerable threat going forward with only Ajax (27), AZ Alkmaar (19) and Feyenoord (17) producing more strikes away from home than Schmidt’s title-chasers (15).
- Ajax (vs Willem II): Onana; Klaiber, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico; Gravenberch, Klaassen; Antony, Labyad, Tadic; Huntelaar.
- PSV (vs VVV-Venlo): Mvogo; Dumfries, Teze, Boscagli, Max; Gotze*, Hendrix, Sangare, Ihattaren; Madueke, Gakpo.
Mohammed Kudus (knee) returned to first team training before the winter break but the feeling is this game comes too early for the Ghanaian midfielder. Elsewhere there are question marks regarding the availability of Noussair Mazraoui (knock), Lassina Traore (thigh), David Neres (calf) and Brian Brobbey. New signing Sebastien Haller is hoping to feature, though.
Meanwhile Richard Ledezma and Maximiliano Romero, both ruled out for remainder of this season due to respective knee injuries, are the only players definitely missing for PSV this weekend. Mario Gotze is a doubt whilst Marco van Ginkel — on loan from Chelsea — could be included in Roger Schmidt’s matchday squad.
Players to watch:
Ajax: It’s been an impressive debut campaign so far regarding Brazilian winger Antony, who recently picked up the Eredivisie’s ‘player of the month award’ for December, and is now seeking to help Ajax win their 35th domestic championship. He’s seamlessly assimilated into Ten Hag’s starting eleven and goes into this mouthwatering clash with rivals PSV having bagged six goals (third most at the club) as well as creating seven more which puts him first in the race for this season’s ‘assist king’ crown. This is set to be another great test for him given he wll likely be up against three-time German international Philipp Max.
PSV: Unforeseen circumstances that led to Euro 2020 being postponed was a godsend to the Dutch national team who can now seemingly count on Donyell Malen heading into this summer’s rescheduled tournament. The 21-year-old forward has continued his steady rise this season after bagging seven goals across 13 league appearances before the winter break. Nominally used as a centre-forward by Schmidt, the former Arsenal youth star is expected to once again lead PSV as they seek to inflict a second home defeat on the Amsterdammers.
Eredivisie 2020/21 recent form:
- Ajax: DWWLW
- PSV: WWWDW
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