PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar meet at the Philips Stadion for a Eredivisie clash on Wednesday evening (5:45pm kick-off).
Roger Schmidt’s men could go of the league with all three points, albeit temporarily, whilst fifth-placed AZ are looking to close the gap on those above them.
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Where to watch PSV vs AZ on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: PSV 1-1 AZ
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PSV vs AZ build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
If you asked PSV before kick-off if they would take a 2-2 draw at Ajax chances are manager Roger Schmidt would have accepted, but given the circumstances of the result (having gone 2-0 up before throwing it away), it felt like two points dropped rather than one gained. That being said, the Eindhoven-based club remain one point behind their championship rivals, and go into matchday 16 looking to stretch a nine-game unbeaten streak, a run which includes six wins. At home this season Schmidt’s men are flawless having won each of their seven opening matches; registering 18 goals whilst conceding just three times.
It’s a run that will be put to the ultimate test this week as AZ were the last visitors to leave the Philips Stadion with all three points. This league meeting will be Pascal Jansen’s seventh in charge of AZ since taking over from Arne Slot last month. He’s won half of those matches but heads into this game having posted back-to-back draws, though against PEC Zwolle over the weekend it was to salvage a point. That point leaves them seven behind leaders Ajax and they’ll fancy getting something in Eindhoven this week considering their form away from home; before facing PSV they’ve not lost any Eredivisie game on the road this season: accumulating 14 points from 24 available.
- PSV (vs Ajax): Mvogo; Dumfries, Teze, Boscagli, Max; Gakpo, Sangaré, Rosario, Ihattaren; Zahavi, Malen.
- AZ (vs PEC Zwolle): Bizot; Sugawara, Chatzidiakos, Martins Indi, Wijndal; Koopmeiners, Midtsjö; Stengs, Reijnders, Karlsson; Boadu.
Roger Schmidt is hopeful that Mario Götze will be part of PSV’s matchday squad this week but must still do without Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel (though he has returned to training) whilst Richard Ledezma and Maximiliano Romero are both ruled out with serious knee injuries. Dani de Wit (ankle) and Jonas Svensson (calf) are both absent for the visitors.
Players to watch:
- PSV: His exploits in China (where he smashed 103 goals in 117 matches for Guangzhou R&F) were well-documented so, when the 24-time Dutch champions acquired the services of Eran Zahavi, many wondered if he could replicate that form. So far it’s looking promising. After seven league appearances the Israeli marksman has registered three goals including a sensational brace in the opening 21 minutes against Ajax last time out. Zahavi’s efforts would ultimately help PSV secure a point and now the 33-year-old is seeking to boost his total when AZ visit. He’s yet to register across back-to-back league outings; in fact his opening goal over the weekend ended a three-game drought, but it’s fair to say Schmidt’s chief marksman is looking more confident wearing PSV’s colours.
- AZ: In what has so far been a topsy-turvy campaign for AZ, who have drawn as many games as they’ve won (seven), we’ve at least seen their skipper Teun Koopmeiners continue his impressive rise. The 22-year-old midfielder has shown his versatility over 15 league appearances this season, playing in his nominal defensive midfield position as well as filling it at centre-back, while he’s also the club’s leading scorer on nine goals, creating three more. Koopmeiners’ work-rate, coupled with his ability to distribute possession, will be key against a PSV side that are not going to settle for anything less than victory.
Eredivisie 2020/21 recent form:
- PSV: DWWWD
- AZ: DDWWW
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