Ajax VS PSV Eindhoven Prediction
Last encounter in this year’s Eredivisie schedule is set to take place on Sunday afternoon, 18 December 2016, when the “Amsterdam ArenA” will stage one of the biggest rivalries in Dutch football – derby facing Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven. Clashes between Ajax and PSV are commonly known as “De Topper” and traditionally both sides can be found on top positions in Dutch Eredivisie, but this season Feyenoord spoils their hegemony and if “Rotterdammers” win their home match against Vitesse on Saturday night, they’ll welcome Christmas with a good lead on top of the table. Furthermore, fact that Ajax and PSV will meet on the day after can make Feyenoord’s situation even better, since club from Rotterdam will be really pleased on everything else from a home win. And why is that? Because current distance (before beginning of round 17) between Feyenoord and Ajax is 3 points, while reigning Eredivisie champion PSV remains third with 6 points behind Feyenoord, so a potential positive result for club from Eindhoven will make gap between top two teams even bigger.
Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven – Team News and Match Preview
Ajax returns in Amsterdam after a midweek journey to Leeuwarden, which cost them any further chances for winning the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) after a 2-1 defeat from Cambuur. This was the second successive loss for Ajax in third successive away game in period of 7 days, which pulls upcoming derby against PSV with even bigger importance. Both defeats from Cambuur and Twente (1-0 in last weekend’s Eredivisie round) were preceded by a draw vs Standard Liège, part from the UEFA Europa League group phase, where Ajax finished on top of Group G.
Actually The Amsterdammers were undefeated for 20 competitive games before losing in Enschede last Sunday, which once again formed a three points distance between both fierce rivals. Thus Ajax needs to chase a victory over PSV, not only because of a deep rivalry between both sides, and that’s the reason why Peter Bosz rested some key-players from the midweek Dutch Cup game.
PSV won the Eredivisie trophy after a spectacular drama in last round of the 2015-16 season, but it seems the new campaign is not going exactly on Phillip Cocu’s taste. First of all PSV have been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League less than two weeks ago and their goalless draw against Rostov (same team which also eliminated Ajax in the playoffs) in last group stage round was crucial for their European future. After they have missed a golden opportunity to defeat Rostov in Group D’s last matchday, PSV failed to reach third position which carries kind of a consolation with its Europa League perspectives.
Now PSV can fully focus on the domestic scene and since Phillip Cocu’s men have already been surprisingly knocked out from the Dutch Cup (losing 3-1 vs Sparta Rotterdam), the only chance they have is to improve their Eredivisie record.
Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
PSV comes after a narrow success over Go Ahead Eagles at their “Philips Stadion” in Eindhoven last Saturday, when “The Rood-witten” won thanks to a second-half winner of substitution Siem de Jong. Of course, such a struggle against a team occupying last 18th position is far from pleasing, but we must remind you that only few weeks ago Go Ahead Eagles slipped Feyenoord at home – 1:0. Moreover, PSV can draw out some positives from that victory since they couldn’t score in their previous two games, which practically has ended their goal drought.
Phillip Cocu will use the advantage from having a full week of preparation only for derby against Ajax, since like we already mentioned, PSV have been eliminated from the Dutch Cup and they didn’t had any midweek commitment. Former midfielder of PSV, Barcelona and the Dutch national team will have to choose its starting XI without injured Jetro Willems and Jürgen Locadia, while, but latest news are that Andrés Guardado and Jorrit Hendrix are fit and ready to play against Ajax.
Ajax’s starting lineup will be selected after latest updates and fitness tests related with names of Daley Sinkgraven and Bertrand Traoré, who are both doubtful. This can cause some rotations in the squad, but expectations are at least Sinkgraven should be ready to start on the left-back. Meanwhile central defender Nick Viergever will miss “De Topper” after being sent-off in stoppage time of the game against Twente.
Final conclusion, Betting Odds and Prediction
Ajax have won their last ten home matches in every competition while PSV are unbeaten in their last 21 matches on the road (in the Eredivisie), which makes that clash really balanced and unpredictable.
Under these circumstances we believe currently suggested odds on Both teams to score are more than tempting and although they’re not so high for the average BTS recommendation, they’re still good when it comes to Dutch football, especially when we have Ajax and PSV on the field. Our betting prediction is that both sides will score at least once during Sunday’s derby between Ajax and PSV – “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Venue: “Amsterdam ArenA”, Amsterdam.
Referee: Pol van Boekel.
Possible starting lineups of Ajax and PSV Eindhoven
AFC Ajax: André Onana – Daley Sinkgraven, Jairo Riedewald, Davinson Sánchez, Joël Veltman – Davy Klaassen, Lasse Schöne, Hakim Ziyech – Amin Younes, Anwar El Ghazi, Kasper Dolberg. (4-3-3)
PSV Eindhoven: Jeroen Zoet – Andrés Guardado, Héctor Moreno, Daniel Schwaab, Santiago Arias – Davy Pröpper, Jorrit Hendrix – Luciano Narsingh, Siem de Jong, Gaston Pereiro – Luuk de Jong. (4-2-3-1)