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MATCH OF THE DAY – PICK
AJAX vs PSV – DUTCH EREDIVISIE
El Classico Dutch style! Between them, PSV and Ajax won 20 of the last 25 championships.
From 2000 to 2008, today’s visitors won 7 of the 9 titles. However, Ajax won the last three trophies, and they are undefeated in their last 7 league meetings.
For the record, the last time PSV won this fixture was in 2015. If we go back to the last campaign, the hosts won 5-0 at home and 1-2 away.
On the back of an opening 9-1-1, Ajax leads the table by a single point. Nevertheless, they do have a game in hand, and a win today would give Alfred Schreuder’s team a 4-point cushion.
In the midweek Champions League match, de Godenzonen beat (1-3) Scottish club Rangers. While their 6-points weren’t enough to qualify, they will at least get a consolation ticket into the Europa League.
Ajax played just five of their games at the Johann Cruyff stadium. Four of those ended in big wins against Excelsior(7-1), Heerenveen (5-0), Cambuur (4-0), and Groningen (6-1). The only team to leave here with a point was Go Ahead Eagles. In that match, 75-25% possession, 23-3 goal attempts, and 7-1 shots on target suggests the scoreline should have been different.
As a precaution, both Owen Wijndal and Steven Berghuis skipped training on Friday. Nevertheless, they were back at it on Saturday, and they should be available for the big match. There are no such problems for Brian Brobbey, and he’s expected to lead the line.
Meanwhile, PSV finished 2nd in Group A of the Europa League, meaning they will enter the draw for the next stage. In that competition, Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s men enjoyed a recent win over Arsenal, albeit it wasn’t enough to claim the group.
The Boeren won (3-0) last weeks league fixture against Nijmegen, but in the previous round, they lost (4-2) in Groningen. On that note, at the Phillips stadium, PSV is the perfect 6-0-0, it’s just that on the road things haven’t gone to plan. In fact, Van Nistelrooy’s team lost three of their last four away games, with the others being in Cambuur (3-0) and Twente (2-1).
All of Kjell Peersman, Olivier Boscagli, Marco van Ginkel, Ismael Saibari, and Yorbe Vertessen are injured for the visitors, while Jarrad Branthwaite is ill.
Everything points to a home win! While PSV will get themselves up for this game, they haven’t been able to deliver in away games. Team news is another factor and so are recent meetings!