AZ Alkmaar VS PSV Eindhoven Prediction
PSV suffered defeat from their Amsterdam rivals Ajax and this happened prior the international pause, so thus Phillip Cocu’s men lost the first position in Dutch Eredivisie. Round 29 comes with visit in Alkmaar where hosts from AZ will hope to put an end of their losing streak against PSV – four consecutive defeats.
AZ Alkmaar is currently on fourth position and squad led by John van den Brom is on two points from Feyenoord (3rd), which is the highest position they can fight for, since Ajax and PSV are convincingly on top, respectively with 68 and 66 points, while for comparison Feyenoord and AZ also share the small distance from 2 points, but with 49 against 47. So virtually we have another season which shows the better development of PSV and Ajax, as current hosts from Alkmaar were on third position last year. However, John van den Brom must deal without some important first team players like Ron Vlaar, Mattias Johansson and captain Markus Henriksen (11 goals and 5 assists), while the selection headache grows from fact that Stijn Wuytens was sent off during the 2:2 draw vs Twente last round and he won’t be the only suspended players in AZ. Alireza Jahanbakhsh picked his fifth yellow card and he’ll miss the home round vs PSV as well.
PSV are keen on defending their Eredivisie trophy from season 2014-2015 when they won it for first time after seven years, so now “The Rood-Witten” can focus fully on their domestic campaign, after the elimination by Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. Actually the week prior the national team break wasn’t successful for PSV, as except the loss in Madrid, PSV from Ajax at home and this was only few days after the penalty shootouts at “Estadio Vicente Calderón” in the Spanish capital. This makes three games without a win for PSV and Phillip Cocu surely used the break to think about the upcoming 6 Eredivisie ties which are all vital for the title ambition of the club from Eindhoven.
Possible lineups, missing players and match prediction – AZ Alkmaar vs PSV Eindhoven, Dutch Eredivisie 2 April 2016
All the notable absences in AZ Alkmaar are completely in PSV’s favor as the absence of their Norwegian playmaker Markus Henriksen (knee injury) is surely the biggest blow. Situation at the right-back isn’t pleasing as well, since Swedish full-back Mattias Johansson is in the injury list, as well as the experienced centre-back Ron Vlaar.
Good news for the home team coach are coming from the international debut of AZ’s goal scorer Vincent Janssen who took part in both friendlies of the Netherlands, as he even scored one of the goals (penalty) during the 2:1 win against England at “Wembley”. Janssen made his debut for a bit more than 10 minutes in the 2:3 defeat against France, when he came as a substitution of PSV’s striker Luuk de Jong, who scored the first Dutch goal in that game. So we actually have both Eredivisie top goal scorers against each other here, as they’re coming after successful international round-up. (Janssen leads Luuk de Jong with 20 against 19 goals scored)
PSV will travel for Alkmaar with few more players who were part of Danny Blind’s selection – except Luuk de Jong, goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, defenders Jetro Willems, Jeffrey Bruma, midfielder Marco van Ginkel and the attacking duo Luuk de Jong/Luciano Narsingh were part of “Oranje”. So a big part of the team were training together even during the club football break.
Davy Pröpper from PSV also received a call up for the Dutch team but his foot injury sidelined him from the squad, as the same goes for Ron Vlaar from AZ Alkmaar.
Hosts from Alkmaar can be very delighted from their home record in 2016 – 6 wins in 6 matches, but same here goes for PSV, at least if we speak about the domestic scene. The visitors from Eindhoven won all their Eredivisie outings in 2016 – five games, in which they have conceded only once (3:1 win over Excelsior). Convincing efforts by both clubs but we expect PSV to show their quality again and we’ll place our stakes on the away side. All the injury/suspension concerns of the hosts may have serious effect on their game here and we find good value on the bets for away win.
Venue: “AFAS Stadion”, Alkmaar.
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük.
Possible starting lineups:
AZ Alkmaar: Rochet – Haps, van der Linden, Rienstra, Luckassen – Ortiz, van Overeem – Garcia, Haye, dos Santos – Janssen. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players – Ron Vlaar, Mattias Johansson, Fernando Lewis and Markus Henriksen are injured, Stijn Wuytens and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are both suspended.
PSV Eindhoven: Zoet – Arias, Bruma, Moreno, Willems – Pröpper, van Ginkel, Hendrix – Narsingh, Lestienne, de Jong. (4-3-3)
Match day update:Missing players – Simon Poulsen, Andrés Guardado and Jürgen Locadia are all injured.
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