PSV Eindhoven VS Feyenoord Prediction
First for the season 2016-17 Eredivisie fixture matching two from “The Big Three” in Dutch football pops on our attention in Sunday afternoon, 18 September, when PSV and Feyenoord must switch on different gear after their midweek European engagement. Actually this will be the second scuffle between Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven and their rivals from Rotterdam, as the KNVB Cup winners Feyenoord have already suffered narrow defeat by PSV for the Johan Cruijff Schaal, or in other words – in Dutch Super Cup game. That happened in last day of July when “Amsterdam Arena” staged that trophy game and PSV began the new season after adding it into its showcase for the 11th time, after Davy Pröpper’s first-half goal.
PSV vs Feyenoord – Match Preview
Previous duel facing PSV and Feyenoord was also their first competitive match in the new football season and we didn’t knew what shall we expect by both rivals, although Phillip Cocu and Giovanni van Bronckhorst are still in charge. Anyway, it was first game after summer pause and we couldn’t be that sure about both teams’ form while now, after five Eredivisie rounds and start of their European quests, PSV and Feyenoord are showing us they’re in form. Indeed, after their Super Cup commitment, PSV and Feyenoord are unbeaten in the Eredivisie where hosts from Eindhoven are runner-ups with two points behind guests from Rotterdam, who have been flawless in their opening five fixtures. Moreover, Feyenoord added sixth win in a row when in Thursday evening “The Pride of the South” achieved one remarkable result by winning against Manchester United in their first UEFA Europa League group game, thus like Feyenoord will travel for Eindhoven with superb morale.
Two nights earlier, on Tuesday, Phillip Cocu’s men had old scores to settle when facing Spanish Atletico Madrid but their UEFA Champions League opener has been marked with a defeat – 0:1. However, PSV have their own arguments to feel unsatisfied by that score as Mexican midfielder Andres Guardado missed to score from penalty in first half’s end, as well as they can’t be particular pleased with some referee decisions of Martin Atkinson. Nevertheless, their Champions League encounter is already in past and PSV must look what’s coming as they have really important game on the corner. They’ve already slipped once in their previous home Eredivisie game when Groningen stole a point from the “Philips Stadion” and that’s the reason why PSV is on two points behind bronze medalists from season 2015-2016.
Feyenoord can be inspired not only by their five consecutive Eredivisie winnings but from their result against Manchester United. Giovanni van Bronckhorst won his duel against Jose Mourinho, although Mou has stated he isn’t so interested in the Europa League prospects, but anyway he can’t afford such a clueless performance by United’s players, especially after all money spent in past summer and mostly as it comes to financial/quality gap between English Premier League and Dutch Eredivise nowadays. That’s why Giovanni van Bronckhorst and generally Feyenoord can be really delighted by their midweek success at “De Kuip”, but they must sober as soon as possible and concentrate towards upcoming Eredivisie visit in Sunday afternoon. Our expectations are this should be their toughest game after new season has started, so Feyenoord has to be prepared for a game in completely different atmosphere.
Not only because PSV are the home team, but because they’ll do their best to return on top of the Eredivisie, while in a meantime guests from Rotterdam must prepare for visitation at one really inhospitable ground where they have suffered the nightmarish 0-10 defeat only six years ago. Of course, a lot of water leaked from then until now but this certainly remains open wound for club from Rotterdam.
PSV vs Feyenoord – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Good news for Phillip Cocu are related with lack of names in the injury list since Jürgen Locadia, who picked up injury in the 0-0 against Groningen prior international break, is ready to return in PSV’s group. Ukrainian attacking midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko, who’s on loan from Manchester City, is also looking for its debut but we don’t expect much rotations by Phillip Cocu here. Most likely he’ll start with pretty similar squad as the one used against Atleti, but in 4-3-3 formation where Gaston Pereiro may return at the expense of Daniel Schwaab.
Goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer and centre-back Sven van Beek are still missing from Feyenoord’s selection and both are joined by Eljero Elia in the physio room. Latter recovers from a shoulder injury and Giovanni van Bronckhorst can’t rely to one of its sharpest players. Otherwise all other players are set for another massive game in one really busy week for Feyenoord and the regular left-back Lucas Woudenberg may return in starting squad at the expense of Terence Kongolo, since Jan-Arie van der Heijden was chosen for Eric Botteghin’s partner in heart of Feyenoord’s defense. Of course, these were the needs of Giovanni van Bronckhorst in game against Manchester United and we won’t be surprised if he refreshes the squad, mostly in defense.
Match fitness of captain Dirk Kuyt is also questionable. We know that former attacker of Liverpool and Fenerbahce is known with his endless stamina and devotion, but his 36-years are arousing some questions and is he capable to play two consecutive games from that level in period of only four days.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Our match prediction is related with most popular betting market in football (1X2) as odds on home win have been chosen by our experts. We believe that PSV will put an end of Feyenoord’s unbeaten run and Phillip Cocu’s men even had two days more to recover after their midweek challenge. Our stakes are going on the home win – PSV to win over Feyenoord in Sunday afternoon.
Venue: “Philips Stadion”, Eindhoven.
Referee: Kevin Blom.
Possible starting lineups of PSV and Feyenoord
PSV Eindhoven: Jeroen Zoet – Jetro Willems, Héctor Moreno, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Santiago Arias – Andrés Guardado, Jorrit Hendrix, Davy Pröpper – Luciano Narsingh, Gaston Pereiro, Luuk de Jong. (4-3-3)
Missing players – None.
Feyenoord Rotterdam: Brad Jones – Lucas Woudenberg, Terence Kongolo, Eric Botteghin, Rick Karsdorp – Tonny Vilhena, Karim El Ahmadi – Jens Toornstra, Dirk Kuyt, Steven Berghuis – Nicolai Jörgensen. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players – Kenneth Vermeer, Sven van Beek, Eljero Elia.