Our prediction for this KNVB Cup match:
PSV and Breda face each other at Philips Stadion in the KNVB Beker quarter-finals in a David-vs-Goliath clash. PSV aim to make amends for a 2-1 loss to AZ Alkmaar, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Eerste Divisie side. Roger Schmidt’s troops are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they can’t afford any complacency in Wednesday’s showdown.
Fit-again attacker Zahavi is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while Madueke, Romero, Ramalho, and Carlos Vinicius remain in the recovery room. Breda, on the other hand, are on a six-game winless run in the Dutch second tier, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling PSV’s party at Philips Stadion. In their last meeting in the Dutch Cup Breda shocked PSV, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Mario Gotze):
Mario Gotze is a German midfielder, who played for Ronsberg and Eintrach Hombruch during his youth career before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2001. He made a great progress during his spell at the Borussia Dortmund’s youth academy and on 21 November, 2009 he made his Bundesliga debut for the Millionaires.
Gotze scored 22 goals in 83 league appearances for the club between 2009 and 2013 and he joined Borussia Dortmund’s bitterest rivals Bayern Munich on April, 2013. The German midfielder, who is capable of playing as a striker as well, failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, but it has to be noted that he was struggling with injury at the start of the season.
Gotze won three Bundesliga trophies with Bayern Munich, but at the end of the 2015/2016 season he returned to Borussia Dortmund. In 2014 he represented Germany at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and he scored the winner in the final against Argentina. Mario Gotze was born in Memmingen on 3 June, 1992.
Highlighted Team (PSV):
Based in Eindhoven, Netherlands, PSV is a professional football club competing the top flight of the Dutch football, Eredivisie. PSV play their home games at the Phillips Stadium which can accommodate 35,000 people. Over the course of its 100-year-old history, PSV has become one of the country’s Big Three clubs that has dominated Eredivisie along with Ajax and Feyenoord.
Known as a stepping stone for future world-class stars, PSV propelled the likes of Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Romario, Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and most recently Arjen Robben. The Boeren (Peasants) as they call themselves take pride in Eindhoven’s status of being a provincial city and never hide their Brabantian heritage which allow them to enjoy their uniqueness in the company of more prominent clubs from Dutch big cities.
The Peasants boast 23 domestic league titles and 9 KNVB Cup trophies. They have also managed two major European titles – European Cup in 1987-88 and UEFA Cup in 1977-78.