Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
PSV will be aiming to melt Feyenoord’s advantage in the Eredivisie standings when they take on Fortuna Sittard on Matchday 16. Ruud van Nistelrooy’s troops failed to impress in a goalless draw with Sparta at the weekend, but they did well to beat the Rotterdammers in the Dutch Cup on Tuesday evening to regain a much-needed confidence. Cody Gakpo is no longer part of the team, but van Nistelrooy still has a number of high-profile players to choose from.
All Boscagli, Fofana, Peersman, Savio, and Mauro Junior should miss out with injuries for the away team. The hosts kicked off 2023 with a 2-0 loss to Go Ahead Eagles, and given their ten-game losing run in meetings with PSV, we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in Sunday’s clash. Both Ferati and Siovas should miss out with injuries for the home side.
Highlighted Player (Oguzhan Ozyakup):
The 23-year-old Netherlands-born Turkish international Oguzhan Ozyakup is a midfielder who started his professional career at Premier League giants Arsenal. Ozyakup arrived to the London-based club as a schoolboy from AZ and went through Arsenal academy, before making his competitive debut in a League Cup match against Shrewsbury Town, when he supplied the assist for Yossi Benayoun in a 3-1 victory.
The Turkish international however failed to break into the first-team and was transferred to Besiktas in 2012. Turkey international has passed the 100-match mark for his club in 2016 and is considered one of the more experienced and most valuable players of the club, despite he is only 23 years of age.
The talented midfielder was subject of intense transfer speculation during the 2016 summer transfer window with Valencia reportedly expressing interest in signing the Turkish footballer, but Ozyakup remained at Besiktas and went on to extend his contract, which will keep him at the Vodafone Arena until 2018.
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.