Friday, March 1, 2024

Prediction: PSV vs Heerenveen

Verdict: PSV win & Both teams to score

Best Odds: 6/4

Bookmaker: Luckster

Hoping to extend their buffer at the top of the Eredivisie table, PSV will welcome Heerenveen to the Philips Stadion on Thursday evening.

PSV

Starting with the hosts, while PSV might have been disappointed after eventually settling for a silver medal finish among Holland’s elite last season, Peter Bosz’s men have come flying out of the traps this time around. In the midst of what has been a history-making domestic romp, it is no secret that the Dutch giants are tipped as a standout contender to claim a first Eredivisie crown since 2018. With the mood around the Philips Stadion at a red-hot high, the Lightbulbs have continued to gain a string of plaudits from across Europe. Last seen laying down another marker as they secured a 2-1 victory away at Feyenoord, PSV will simply be looking to make another statement here. Firing on all cylinders and sat firmly in pole position to punch a famous Champions League knockout stage ticket, Bosz’s side have remarkably won each of their first 14 Eredivisie this season.

Team News

Dealing with a long-term shoulder injury and not making a single appearance since the start of October, PSV will once again be without former Southampton defender Armel Bella-Kotchap on Thursday evening. Likewise, Bosz’s side are also unable to call upon Dutch international Not Lang in midweek.

While one-time Barcelona striker Luuk de Jong might have failed to bag a single strike since returning from November’s international break, the 33-year-old will spearhead PSV’s charge at the Philips Stadion.

Heerenveen

As for the visitors, while Heerenveen might have opened November with a 4-1 drumming at the hands of Ajax, Kees van Wonderen’s men have come roaring back in some style. Last seen laying down another marker as they secured a routine 3-0 romp against Almere City, the one-time Dutch coach has seen his squad continue to gain a string of plaudits. Marking their return from the fortnight interval with another 3-0 victory against Sittard, Thursday’s guests have won five of their previous six domestic appearances across all competitions. With that stellar purple patch stemming all the way back to October 21st, Heerenveen are now dreaming of the chance to mount a genuine European charge. Although van Wonderen’s side might face a stern examination when they travel to the Philips Stadion in midweek, the mood in their camp remains at a famous high.

Team News

Still yet to make a single domestic appearance this season, Heerenveen will once again be without 27-year-old Jan Bekkema. Likewise, Wonderen is still sweating over the fitness of one-time Granada starlet Pawel Bochniewicz at the Philips Stadion.

Once again getting on the scoresheet against Almere City last weekend and now notching six strikes in his previous five domestic appearances, the red-hot Pelle van Amersfoort will spearhead Wonderen’s charge here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When PSV and Heerenveen last met back on May 21st, Thursday’s opponents played out a thrilling 3-3 stalemate.
    • However, Bosz’s men are unbeaten in each of their previous 10 straight meetings against Heerenveen.
    • Holding a commanding 10-point buffer at the top of the Eredivisie table, PSV have remarkably won all of their first 14 top-flight appearances this season.
    • However, Heerenveen have won five of their previous six domestic appearances across all formats.
    • PSV have bagged a stunning 50 strikes in their first 14 Eredivisie appearances.

    Conclusion

    While Heerenveen might be enjoying what has been a stellar purple patch on either side of November’s international break, Thursday’s guests face a monumental challenge here. Watching PSV continue to break a string of domestic records after winning each of their first 14 straight Eredivisie appearances this season, Bosz’s side already hold a remarkable 10-point buffer over the chasing pack. Gaining a fearsome reputation for their free-scoring performances in the final third, we are expecting what could be an enjoyable home victory in midweek.

    Verdict: PSV win & Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 6/4

    Bookmaker: Luckster

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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