Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Following an unlucky draw with Feyenoord, PSV will look to return to winning ways in Eredivisie when they face Groningen on Matchday 21. The Red and Whites defeated Go Ahead Eagles 2-0 in their last home game, and they are seen as favourites to beat the Green and White Army in Eindhoven as well. Both Bakayoko and van Aanholt are pushing for a start as El Ghazi and Mwene limped off with injuries in the Eredivisie derby, while Armando Obispo is banned for the match.
January signing Thorgan Hazard is likely to make his full PSV debut against Groningen. The visitors, on the other hand, sit in the relegation zone with only 13 points on their account, and given their four-match losing run at Philips Stadion, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the title-chasing hosts. Both Mads Bech Sorensen and Luciano Valente are sidelined with injuries, while Laros Duarte is a major doubt.
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 (Groningen):
Groningen is a Dutch football clubs that competes in the Eredivisie. Founded on June 16, 1971, Groningen play home games at Euroborg. The venue was built by Ballas Nedam, Royal BAM Group and VolkerWessels, and it can hold up to 22,525 people.
The Trots van het Noorden (Pride of the North) are well known for their white home shirts with red stripes, while purple is the dominant colour of their away kit. Volendam are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Twente as well after the 1980s incidents between their fans. Groningen have yet to win the Eredivisie trophy, but they did well to go all the way in the Dutch Cup in the 2014/15 season.
The green and whites defeated Zwolle 2-0 in the title game. Speaking of their European success, it has to be noted that Groningen participated in the Europa League on two occasions. In the 2015/16 season the Trots van het Noorden booked their place in the group stages of the competition, but they failed to record a win in the process.