Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
All eyes will be on Johan Cruijff Arena when Ajax and PSV lock horns in De Topper on Matchday 20. The Amsterdammers aim to keep their 100% record intact and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. In-form attacker Brian Brobbey is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line, while all Chuba Akpom, Josip Sutalo, Gaston Avila, Mika Godts, and Sivert Mannsverk should miss out with injuries.
Peter Bosz’s men, on the other hand, returned to winning ways at the weekend as they defeated Almere City 2-0, but beating the high-flying de Godenzonen in Amsterdam is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, a high-scoring draw is on the cards in the Eredivisie derby. Ismael Saibari is back from international duty, but the 23-year-old should start from the bench, while all Noa Lang, Malik Tillman, and Joey Veerman remain in the treatment room.
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 (Ajax):
Ajax is a Dutch football club that was founded on 18 March, 1900. Ajax are well known for their youth academy, which regarded as one of the best youth football schools in the world. The likes of Johan Cruijff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart and Marco van Basten are all products of Ajax’s football academy. The Amsterdammers share a big rivalry with Feyenoord and there have always been fireworks when the two teams face each other in De Klassieker.
During the seventies Feyenoord and Ajax were the only two teams who were capable of winning the domestic trophies, while PSV have been playing an important role in Dutch football in the 21st century. PSV and Ajax are regarded as big rivals as well and the two teams square off against each other in De Topper. Ajax play their home games at Amsterdam ArenA, the stadium that was opened on 14 August, 1996. The Amsterdammers won their fourth European Cup (Champions League) trophy in 1995, beating Milan in the title game in Vienna.