Feyenoord vs PSV Prediction, Preview & Betting Tips
There aren’t any doubts about significance of an upcoming Eredivisie screamer on Sunday afternoon, 26 February 2017, when Feyenoord hosts to PSV Eindhoven. Stadium “De Kuip” in Rotterdam stages the first head-to-head encounter in 2017 involving any of the traditional big three in Dutch football and it can easily turn into a breaking point of their ambitions.
H2H Stats – Feyenoord vs PSV Eindhoven: This will be third and probably most important meeting facing Feyenoord vs PSV Eindhoven in the 2016-17 football season. First clash between both rivals was in last day of July when PSV lifted the Johan Cruijff Schaal (Dutch Super Cup) trophy thanks to a first-half winner by Davy Pröpper.
It’s interesting to mention that Feyenoord and PSV have initially met on a neutral venue which is home of a common enemy and also third major club in Dutch football – the “Amsterdam ArenA” in capital Amsterdam, widely known as home of AFC Ajax.
Less than two months after winning its 11th Dutch Super Cup trophy, PSV had to host against an inspired Feyenoord in a match from round six of the 2016-17 Eredivisie. This time Feyenoord took a very sweet revenge after three consecutive defeats from PSV, as game at the “Philips Stadion” in Eindhoven was decided with a late winner by Eric Botteghin. Brazilian defender of Feyenoord showed good positioning and decent level of foot work, scoring after a corner kick in the 82nd minute. Thus he not only opened but also formed the final score, which was the first victory of Feyenoord over PSV after a 2-1 success from March 2015.
Eredivisie: Feyenoord vs PSV Eindhoven 26.02.2017
And if first Eredivisie fixture between both rivals was in a moment when Feyenoord were riding the wave, what can we say about their inspiration few months later? Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men will take on PSV being on top of the table and having eight points more. Indeed, distance between Feyenoord and PSV is 8 points (60 against 52) after 23 rounds. However, Rotterdammers should be extremely careful since in the meantime Ajax is on just five points behind and club from Amsterdam is surely cheering for PSV here.
Feyenoord enters in first major game for 2017 entirely focused on its Eredivisie run and club from Rotterdam looks closer to reach the cherished dream with every next week. With an impressive record of 19 wins, 3 draws and only one defeat, meanwhile having a goal difference 59:12, Feyenoord aims towards its 15th Eredivisie trophy which will probably be the most deserved one. And why is that? Last time when Feyenoord won the top-tier of Dutch football was in the 20th century – back in season 1998–99. Shortly before their last triumph (in 1998), van Bronckhorst who was player back then, joined Scottish Rangers led by Dick Advocaat.
Since then Feyenoord remains a sleeping giant in shadow and this makes their desire even greater, but however, showing composure will be mandatory not only against PSV, but in next few months. Final battle is yet to come and Feyenoord must gain additional confidence out of here.
PSV on their turn feel likewise Feyenoord in a certain aspect – they are fully dedicated over remaining Eredivisie campaign. Both clubs have been eliminated from all other competitions – the KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup), as well as from either of the UEFA competitions where they have participated. Feyenoord and PSV were eliminated respectively after the group stages in the Champions League and the Europa League.
Another similarity we find is in fact that both sides have lost only once in the Eredivisie. Nevertheless, PSV is with seven draws and only 15 victories which creates the eight-point gap.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Both sides will be influenced by their excellence and winning streaks in the Eredivisie.
Feyenoord boasts with nine successive victories in the Eredivisie and keeping a clean sheet in seven of them, including the last six. In the meantime Feyenoord lost at home to Fenerbahce (early in December) in the Europa League and suffered a defeat from Vitesse in Arnhem, which knocked them out from the KNVB Beker (in end of January). But like we already wrote, Feyenoord looks rock-solid in pursuing of its Eredivisie dream and Giovanni van Bronckhorst can rely to the best men he has.
Eventual defeat in Rotterdam will be a huge blow to PSV’s anticipations and will not only quash their title defense, but it may slip them for one of the top-two Eredivisie positions securing Champions League football.
Availability of all first-team players even causes useful competition on several positions and that’s most clearly expressed at the left-back and in midfield. Terence Kongolo, Miquel Nelom and Lucas Woudenberg are all options for the left-back and most likely Kongolo will be reintroduced in the starting XI, as Nelom played in last round’s 0-1 win over ADO in Den Haag.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst can choose among Tonny Vilhena, Karim El Ahmadi, Renato Tapia, Jens Toornstra and captain Dirk Kuyt in midfield, and if he named a trio with El Ahmadi, Toorsntra and veteran Kuyt last round, this time we won’t be surprised if the lucky amulet Vilhena starts from the outset. Feyenoord have not lost any of the last 32 Eredivisie matches when Tonny Vilhena was on the field.
Situation up front looks determined with Eljero Elia and Steven Berghuis pushing through both wings, while the Eredivisie top scorer Nicolai Jørgensen (15 goals) will be on top of Feyenoord’s formation.
Phillip Cocu will be keen to repeat same outcome as in the Super Cup match and he can also count on his optimal formation. Of course, we must consider absence of a long-term absentee Jürgen Locadia who needs to gain match practice, as well as of attacker Luciano Narsingh who joined Swansea City during January’s transfer window.
Marco van Ginkel is one of the players who inspire PSV’s form after his second loan arrival. Van Ginkel looks to revive his career and he already shines with 4 goals and 2 assits in 6 Eredivisie games, making him a key player for PSV. In fact PSV have won all their games (6 out of 6) in 2017 and have scored 18 goals in that term. As you can see Marco van Ginkel is directly engaged with 6 of them and despite his superb form, everyone in PSV contributes for the good form.
Last defeat of PSV was in second half of November when they lost 2-0 vs Atlético in Madrid, but they couldn’t progress to the Champions League 1/8 finals since PSV failed winning a decisive group game against Rostov at home.
By the way, only aforementioned home loss to Feyenoord in mid-September remains solely Eredivisie failure of Phillip Cocu’s men.
Feyenoord vs PSV – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
It’s incredibly important for Feyenoord if not winning then at least to avoid losing on Sunday afternoon. Giovanni van Bronckhorst perfectly realizes that a loss, especially from fierce rivals, can be essential to team’s morale in next few weeks. Same goes if they win – Feyenoord will enter in the remaining games with even greater confidence and that can be a huge step forward.
PSV Eindhoven are team that needs the win more and we believe Feyenoord should take advantage of that. Our betting prediction is backing the home team and we recommend betting on Feyenoord with the Asian Handicap 0 (Draw No Bet) as an insurance.
Venue: “De Kuip”, Rotterdam.
Referee: Bas Nijhuis.
Possible Lineups of Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven
Feyenoord Rotterdam: Brad Jones – Rick Karsdorp, Eric Botteghin, Jan-Arie van der Heijden, Terence Kongolo – Jens Toornstra, Karim El Ahmadi, Tonny Vilhena – Steven Berghuis, Eljero Elia, Nicolai Jörgensen. (4-3-3)
PSV Eindhoven: Jeroen Zoet – Santiago Arias, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Hector Moreno, Jetro Willems – Marco van Ginkel, Davy Pröpper, Andres Guardado – Gaston Pereiro, Bart Ramselaar, Luuk de Jong. (4-3-3)