Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
After surviving Volendam in the Dutch Cup, PSV will be looking to keep their Jupiler League title hopes when they take on RKC Waalwijk at Philips Stadion. PSV rolled over Sparta Rotterdam (5-3) in their last league fixtures, but the Rood-witten need to keep on making progress if they are to put an end to Ajax’s dominance in the Dutch top flight. Roger Schmidt rested several first-team regulars in the win over Volendam, but he is going to field the best possible side against RKC.
The likes of Gotze, Ledezma, Obispo, and Romero remain in the recovery room. Fred Grim’s charges, on the other hand, failed to win the previous six league fixtures, and seeing that PSV do not suit them, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. In the first half of the season PSV rolled over RKC 4-1. Ola John is likely to miss the game with injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Philipp Max):
Philipp Max is the son of the former striker Martin Max, who is famous for being one of the oldest winners of the top scorer crown in Bundesliga, at the age of 32 and 34. Born in Viersen, Germany, Philipp Max started his career in SC Baldham, after which he joined 1860 Munich in 2003.
Bayern Munich youth team was his next destination, but three years after Max signed for Schalke 04 in 2010. For two years he played in the youth team and after that he was moved to Schalke 04 II, recording 54 games and netting 3 goals in the process.
He made his debut for the Shalke 04 senior team on March 2014 in the clash against Borussia Dortmund, as a replacement for Julian Draxler. However, he did not impress during his spell with Die Königsblauen, so he moved to Karlsruher and later on to Augsburg, which was a spot on decision. The left back, who can also play as a left midfielder and left winger, was the second-best assist provider in the Bundesliga during the season 2017/18, just behind Thomas Muller.
Highlighted Team (Waalwijk):
RKC Waalwijk is a Dutch club that competes in the Eredivisie. RKC returned to the Dutch top flight in the 2019/20 season, and they were more than fortunate not to suffer relegation back to Eerste Divisie. Fred Grim’s men were stuck at the bottom of the table when the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, they did not drop to the Dutch second tier. RKC play home games at Mandemakers Stadion, the venue which can hold only 7,500 spectators. RKC Waalwijk are well known for their yellow shirts with blue strips, but their away kit is mainly black. The Mandemakers Stadion outfit have never won the national championship.
RKC, though, represented the Netherlands in European competitions in the past, with team taking part in Intertoto Cup on four occasions. Willem II are seen as one of the club’s main rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the Brabantse derby.