Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Heerenveen and PSV square off against each other at Abe Lenstra Stadion in what is expected to be a close Eredivisie encounter. The hosts did well to bounce back from a heavy 5-0 defeat to Ajax, as they played out goalless draw with Emmen, while beating Twente, but the bookmakers still see them as big underdogs in this encounter. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team ahead of Sunday’s clash.
PSV, on the other hand, aim to make amends for an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Cambuur, but this match will be anything but a walk in the park for the visiting team. Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s men have been struggling Abe Lenstra Stadion in recent years, and they haven’t won any of the last nine games at the venue. Considering that the two teams have played out a draw in five of their last six meetings in Heerenveen, the share of spoils is on the horizon. Noni Madueke is sidelined through an ankle injury, while all Olivier Boscagli, Mauro Junior, Luuk de Jong and Marco van Ginkel are rated doubtful.
Highlighted Player (Anwar el Ghazi):
Anwar El Ghazi is a product of famous Ajax football academy and it has to be noted that he scored 20 goals in 70 matches for the first team from 2014 to 2017. El Ghazi played for the likes of BVV Barendrecht, Feyenoord, Spartaan ’20 and Sparta Rotterdam during his youth career as well and, speaking of the first-team football, he moved to Ligue 1 side Lille in January 2017 for a fee of €8 million.
The pacey winger scored one goal in 12 appearances for les Dogues in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign, but, no doubt, there is a bright future ahead of the former Ajax starlet. Seeing that he has a dual citizenship, Anwar El Ghazi is eligible to represent both Netherlands and Morocco at senior level, but he made his debut for the Orange in a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan, with the Lille winger starting the match in a 4-3-3 formation alongside Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Memphis Depay.
Anwar El Ghazi is capable of playing as a centre-forward as well and his preferred foot is right.
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.