PSV Eindhoven will be looking to keep their Eredivisie title hopes alive when they host leaders Ajax on Sunday at 1:30pm (UK time).
Roger Schmidt’s men are two wins behind their fierce rivals and know nothing less than collecting all three points will do. As for the Amsterdammers, if they leave the Philips Stadion with a win, it’ll all but clear the path to a record 35th league title.
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- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: PSV 2-1 Ajax
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PSV vs Ajax build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Dropping eight points across their eight matches since last meeting Ajax has made this a must-win game for PSV if they want to win this season’s title. The Amsterdammers’ relentless consistency coupled with Schmidt’s men slipping on a couple of banana skins means they go into this game six points behind the leaders while playing a game more. Defeat here will all but end their hopes. Fortunately for the Eindhoven-based club, they’ve saved their best stuff for home games. At the Philips Stadion this season, De Boeren have won 10 of their 11 games, scoring 27 goals and conceding just seven times. The only setback was a disappointing 3-1 loss against AZ last month.
Erik ten Hag and his coaching staff will undoubtedly study that game. To say Ajax are in irresistible form would be an understatement. Since their 2-2 draw against PSV in January, they’ve put together an 11-game winning run spanning three different competitions (Eredivisie, KNVB Beker and Europa League). Seven of those successes have come in the Dutch top-flight, and if we break it down further, four were on the road. The defending champions boast the league’s best away record with nine wins from 11 played, only FC Groningen (1-0) and Willem II (1-1) have denied them from posting a clean sweep. It’s also worth noting Ajax’s last Eindhoven win came in March 2016, on that day they ran out 2-0 winners, among the starters was Davy Klaassen who is set to feature this weekend.
- PSV (vs Olympiacos): Mvogo; Dumfries, Teze, Viergever, Max; Thomas, Boscagli, Rosario, Götze; Zahavi, Malen.
- Ajax (vs Lille): Stekelenburg; Rensch, Timber, Martínez, Blind; Gravenberch. Álvarez; Antony, Klaassen, Neres; Tadic.
Ibrahim Sangare serves a one-game suspension for the hosts who are without the injured quartet of Noni Madueke, Cody Gakpo, Richard Ledezma and Maximiliano Romero. Ajax only have doubts regarding full-backs Nicolas Tagliafico and Noussair Mazraoui.
Player to watch: Mario Götze (PSV)
Sunday’s game will not be the first time PSV midfielder Mario Götze has faced Dutch football’s most decorated side. Back in his Borussia Dortmund days, under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp, he took on Frank de Boer’s side and left a great impression, most notably in Amsterdam where he netted and created three more goals in their 4-1 win.
Of those who played for Ajax in that Champions League match eight years ago, Daley Blind is the sole remaining player at the club, albeit he temporarily left for Manchester United. That said, there’s a chance of Götze being Blind’s direct opposition if Schmidt fields the 63-time Germany international on the right flank in his 4-4-2 shape. And that’s because Blind could retain a left-back berth with first choice Nicolás Tagliafico a doubt following a head injury.
Götze — who joined the Eindhoven club as a free agent last summer — returned to Eredivisie action last weekend against Vitesse after missing eight games due to a groin injury and scored twice. He will no doubt relish the challenge of beating the league leaders to keep PSV’s title aspirations alive.
Eredivisie 2020/21 recent form:
- PSV: DWWDL
- Ajax: WWWWW
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