PSV vs Heerenveen Match Analysis & Prediction
07/12/2023 8:45 pm
Record-breakers PSV Eindhoven play host to Heerenveen at the Philips Stadion for a midweek Eredivisie encounter on Thursday night.
Roger Schmidt’s side became the first in Dutch top-flight history to win their opening 14 league matches in a season after beating Feyenoord on Sunday.
Sunday’s victory over Feyenoord was their first at De Kuip since 2018 and leaves Schimdt’s side as huge favourites to go on and win the title, with Arne Slot’s side still their nearest challengers but a long way back.
It rounded off a perfect week as a victory in Sevilla on Wednesday – coming from 2-0 down to win – paired with Lens’ defeat at Arsenal, saw them through to the knockouts of the Champions League.
Arsenal are next up in midweek for PSV, and they remain the only team to have beaten them this season in 23 matches, with Schimdt’s side posting 19 wis in that time.
Kees van Wonderen was the last manager to prevent PSV from winning at home domestically, drawing 3-3 in May, and that result was a continuation of a strong recent record against the league leaders.
Two draws in the last three encounters here mean PSV have won just eight of their last 16 home games against Heerenveen, and the visitors bring a strong recent form into this contest as well.
Van Wonderen saw his side end a five-game losing run away from home in their previous game on the road at Vitesse just before the international break.
That has spurred them on, and they have picked up where they left off since returning to club action, winning successive matches.
Fortuna Sittard and Almere City were both beaten 3-0, taking Heerenveen from just above the relegation zone to the Europa Conference League playoff spots.
Heerenveen head into the contest seventh, one point above Ajax, but this will almost be the ceiling of what they can achieve this season, with an 11-point buffer between themselves and Twente in the automatic Europa League place.
PSV vs. Heerenveen Head to head
In the 61 previous meetings between these two teams, PSV have claimed 31 victories while Heerenveen have won 11, and they have drawn in 19. Heerenveen have scored 76 goals and conceded 132 in the process.
PSV Team News
Jordan Teze is expected to be absent for PSV after a gruesome head collision with Feyenoord’s Quilindschy Hartman at the weekend forced him off after 10 minutes.
Mauro Junior and Patrick van Aanholt are the likely candidates to deputise, but elsewhere in defence, Armel Bella-Kotchap is absent with a shoulder injury.
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Heerenveen Team News
Pelle van Amersfoort has been in superb form for Heerenveen, scoring six in his five matches, including a brace in the weekend victory over Almere.
There are just two injury concerns for the visitors, with Pawel Bochniewicz and Jan Bekkema expected to remain sidelined.
Heerenveen's Last 5 Matches
PSV vs. Heerenveen: Odds and Predictions
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