Our prediction for this KNVB Cup match:
Spakenburg and PSV face each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash in the Dutch Cup semis. The Tweede Divisie side have defeated the likes of Groningen, Katwijk, and Utrecht on their way to the semi-finals, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Tuesday’s clash. Both Dekker and van Diermen are pushing for a start after the duo came off the bench in a 1-1 draw with Oostzaan.
Since Ruud van Nisterlrooy’s troops produced a fine display in a 4-2 win over NEC Nijmegen at the weekend, anything but a routine away win would be a big surprise. A man to keep an eye on in the Eredivisie team will be Luuk de Jong, who scored a brace in the last league match, while all Armando Obispo, Jarrad Branthwaite, Walter Benitez, and Mauro Junior should miss out with injuries. When the two teams met in the KNVB Beker back in 2010 PSV recorded a routine 3-0 win over Spakenburg.
Highlighted Player (Luuk de Jong):
The 26-year-old Dutch striker Luuk de Jong is considered one of Europe’s deadliest strikers with his incredible return of goals in games he spends playing. Luuk de Jong began his football career at De Graafschap in 2008, but moved on to Twente only a year later.
The tally of 39 goals in 76 league appearances earned him a transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach, but his spell in Germany ended in disappointment. Bundesliga club attempted to revive his career by sending him out on loan to Newcastle United but his stint with the English club yielded even more disappointment and concluded in utter disaster with De Jong playing 12 games without scoring a single goal for the Magpies.
A return to Netherlands and PSV Eindhoven turned out to be a proper hit for the 26-year-old striker who has restored his scoring touch with more than 50 goals for the Boeren after less than 90 games.
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.