PSV vs Feyenoord Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
PSV vs Feyenoord betting prediction for the first big clash in the 2017-18 Eredivisie season on Sunday, 17 September 2017. PSV takes on the reigning champions and current league leaders Feyenoord who head to Eindhoven after a devastating midweek Champions League round. Find out more in our detailed match analysis, preview, prediction and free betting tips.
Head-to-head History: PSV Eindhoven vs Feyenoord
PSV and Feyenoord are part of the Big Three (De Grote Drie) in Dutch football and have met 130 times over the years. There isn’t a huge gap in their head-to-head record, with Feyenoord being in front having 52 wins, 31 draws, and 47 defeats. Two of all 52 victories were achieved last season when Feyenoord won 0:1 in Eindhoven a year ago (18 September 2016), while couple of months later the Rotterdammers were victorious at their own “De Kuip” – winning 2:1 in end of Februray. These were two big steps to the cherished Eredivisie trophy and Feyenoord is aiming to a third in a row.
PSV, meanwhile, lifted their last trophy exactly against its Rotterdam rival when Phillip Cocu’s side defeated Feyenoord at the “Amsterdam ArenA” and won the 2016 Johan Cruijff Schaal (Dutch Super Cup). That happened back in July 2016 so PSV have another great reason to put an end of Feyenoord’s domestic form.
Eredivisie: PSV vs Feyenoord 17.09.2017
Guests from Rotterdam will be keen to maintain their 100% asset to the season, but its going to be a tough challenge as they take a trip to Eindhoven. The current league leaders and defending champions play one of their toughest games in general, as visits in Eindhoven are usually rough. The 10:0 defeat from October 2010 leaves a long-term damage to Feyenoord but their excellent domestic form and recently won Eredivisie trophy (for the first time since 18 years) are here to boost the confidence of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men.
As we mentioned Feyenoord are current Eredivisie leaders and the Rotterdamers can be delighted by a 100% winning record after four rounds. Moreover, these wins have been preceded by a Super Cup victory (beating Vitesse after penalties) early in August, which marks a flawless beginning of the new campaign. Well, at least before the first Champions League group stage fixture of Feyenoord since 15 years, on Wednesday night, which they lost 0:4 to Manchester City.
While Feyenoord had to face Pep Guardiola’s Man City in the midweek, PSV were completely focused on their Eredivisie hopes as the Eindhoven club lived a massive setback in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers. That happened even before the playoffs, in third qualifying round, when PSV met Osijek from Croatia and lost 0:1 in both matches.
Despite the third-position last year, as well as the aforementioned Europa League failure, Phillip Cocu remains in charge and former Dutch midfielder has to be more competitive within a fierce contention. Currently we have five clubs (Vitesse, Ajax, Utrecht, AZ Alkmaar) all having 9 points after four rounds, which is placing PSV on the fifth position. They could find themselves in a better position but suffered a 2:0 defeat in Heerenveen last weekend.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
A home game vs rival Feyenoord can be a proper way to unleash your Eredivisie title hopes and Phillip Cocu perfectly knows that. Although it’s too early to make some general conclusions, we’ve seen many campaigns where the main Eredivisie pretenders are already convincingly ahead after only a few weeks, so imagine what will happen if Feyenoord have six points over PSV at the end of round five.
Bad news for the home side are related with name of their Mexican winger Hirving Lozano who arrived from Pachuca this summer and already has three goals in four games. Unfortunately, Lozano has been sent-off during the defeat to Heerenveen and it’s up to the KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association) whether his suspension will be for two or for three games. In Lozano’s absence, Phillip Cocu may start with Gaston Pereiro on the left wing and keep counting on his other two attackers – Steven Bergwijn and Jürgen Locadia.
An upcoming weekend journey to Eindhoven will be another major test for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s leadership skills. He must dip his toes in a completely different water this time as bouncing back from a midweek Champions League crash vs Man City is not exactly the same as recovering from a surprising defeat to Excelsior for a period of seven days, just as an example. Furthermore, Feyenoord had some important departures in the summer and was left by leading figures as captain Dirk Kuyt (retired), Terence Kongolo, Rick Karsdorp, Eljero Elia, who all had their contribution throughout the championship season.
Positives are related with permanent arrival of Steven Berghuis who was previously on a loan deal at “De Kuip”, and so far so good – he has scored four goals in first four games. Other new signings are defenders Ridgeciano Haps, Jeremiah St. Juste, Kevin Diks, midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, wingers Jean-Paul Boëtius and Sam Larsson. Haps (left-back) and Diks (right-back) featured in most Eredivisie matches of Feyenoord so far and we expect them back in the starting XI, replacing respectively Miquel Nelom and Jeremiah St. Juste, who were both full-backs against Man City. Diks looks certain for his starting position while Haps suffered an injury vs Willem II (prior the international break) and will eventually start if he recovers on time, otherwise Miquel Nelom will keep his first-team status.
Midfielder Jens Toornstra should be reintroduced in the squad here and he may replace Amrabat from the starting lineup. Besides, Michiel Kramer is expected to keep his position on top of the attack since latest reports are that Danish striker Nicolai Jørgensen won’t be fit to return against PSV. Goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer, central defender Sven van Beek, right-back Bart Nieuwkoop and winger Bilal Basacikoglu are others who join Jörgensen in the wide injury list.
PSV vs Feyenoord Prediction and Betting Tips
PSV have all arguments to remind us they are a serious title contender and despite Hirving Lozano’s suspension, Phillip Cocu must benefit of Feyenoord’s midweek involvement, however mostly by all changes in the club this summer.
Our betting prediction suggest a home victory (1X2 Betting) – PSV will break Feyenoord’s winning form on Sunday afternoon.
Possible Lineups of PSV and Feyenoord
Venue: “Philips Stadion”, Eindhoven.
Referee: Björn Kuipers.
PSV Eindhoven: Jeroen Zoet – Santiago Arias, Derrick Luckassen, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Kenneth Paal – Bart Ramselaar, Jorrit Hendrix, Marco van Ginkel – Steven Bergwijn, Jürgen Locadia, Gaston Pereiro. (4-3-3)
Feyenoord Rotterdam: Brad Jones – Miquel Nelom, Jan-Arie van der Heijden, Eric Botteghin, Kevin Diks – Tonny Vilhena, Karim El Ahmadi, Jens Toornstra – Steven Berghuis, Jean-Paul Boëtius, Michiel Kramer. (4-3-3)