Eredivisie Preview: Twente v PSV
The 2010 Eredivisie champions host the Eindhoven giants in what promises to be an entertaining encounter between two of the league's top teams
By Stefan Coerts
Rosales, Wisgerhof, Douglas, Tiendalli
Brama, Chadli, Landzaat
Bajrami, L. de Jong, John
Manolev, Marcelo, Derijck, Bouma
Labyad, Toivonen, Mertens
Twente coach Co Adriaanse will have to make do without the services of full-back Nicky Kuiper due to a knee problem, while back-up goalkeeper Sander Boschker is unlikely to recover from a calf injury in time.
With Nacer Chadli back to full match fitness, Adriaanse could decide to drop the club's leading goalscorer Marc Janko in favour of the Belgium international.
PSV boss Fred Rutten will be without left-back Erik Pieters as the Netherlands international is out of action due to a foot injury.
Furthermore, midfielders Stijn Wuytens and Atiba Hutchinson are both unavailable due to knee ailments, while goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton hasn't fully recovered from his concussion yet.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Twente are still unbeaten at home this Eredivisie campaign. They have won three league games at the Grolsch Veste and drew the other match.
- The Enschede side have drawn three out of their last four Eredivisie meetings.
- Austria international Marc Janko is the side's leading goalscorer with 10 goals.
- Twente's 26 goals so far this term were scored by eight different players.
- PSV have already netted 27 Eredivisie goals this term, more than any other team.
- Winger Dries Mertens is the Eredivisie's leading goalscorer with 11 strikes from 11 appearances.
- The visitors have conceded only 11 league goals so far in 2011-12.
- Full-back Stanislav Manolev has already been booked four times and is one match away from a suspension.
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Top 3 Predictions
Twente 2-1 PSV
- 18.97 %
Twente 1-1 PSV
- 17.24 %
Twente 1-0 PSV
- 15.52 %
|Netherlands - Eredivisie (NED1)||Sep 14, 2013||Twente 2 - PSV 2|
|Netherlands - Eredivisie (NED1)||May 12, 2013||Twente 3 - PSV 1|
|Netherlands - Eredivisie (NED1)||Dec 9, 2012||PSV 3 - Twente 0|
|Netherlands - Eredivisie (NED1)||Mar 4, 2012||PSV 2 - Twente 6|
|Netherlands - KNVB Beker (NEDC)||Dec 22, 2011||Twente 1 - PSV 2|
|Dec 7, 2013||AZ 1 - Twente 2||NED1|
|Nov 29, 2013||Roda 1 - Twente 2||NED1|
|Nov 24, 2013||Twente 5 - NAC 2||NED1|
|Nov 10, 2013||FC Zwolle 1 - Twente 1||NED1|
|Nov 2, 2013||Twente 2 - NEC 2||NED1|
|9||Luuk de Jong||Striker|
|Luuk de Jong|
The young attacker has been in superb form in the 2011-12 campaign and has already netted seven goals in 10 Eredivisie appearances for the Enschede side. De Jong has so far been playing in the 'trequartista' position, but he's likely to get his chance as striker on Saturday and the PSV back-line awaits a tough task to keep the Netherlands international quiet.
Mertens has started the season in superb form and is the league's leading goalscorer with 11 goals from 10 games. The Belgium international hasn't found the net in the league since September 24 against Roda, though, and he'll be determined to rediscover his scoring touch in the vital away game against Twente.
Twente have been struggling to find their best form in recent weeks, but they have proven in the past few years that they are a team to be reckoned with, especially at home. PSV were unable to get a good result against the Enschede side last year and will be desperate to make amends for that on Saturday. Both teams have plenty of class up front to cause their opponent some difficulties and as such, a draw seems to be the most likely result.
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