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  • April 14, 2012
  • • 17:45
  • • Philips Stadion, Eindhoven
  • Referee: B. Kuipers
  • • Attendance: 34200
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PSV - AZ Preview: Visitors looking to close in on league leaders Ajax with victory in Eindhoven

PSV - AZ Preview: Visitors looking to close in on league leaders Ajax with victory in Eindhoven

PROSHOTS

The Alkmaar side travel to the Philips Stadium in what will be a crucial match in the race for the league title and European football


PROBABLE LINEUPS

PSV

Tyton
Hutchinson, Marcelo, Derijck, Manolev
Wijnaldum, Toivonen, Engelaar

Labyad, Matavz, Mertens

AZ

Esteban
Reijnen, Moisander, Viergever, Poulsen
Elm, Martens, Maher
Beerens, Altidore, Gudmundsson

PSV will be without the services of Erik Pieters on Saturday, with the left-back currently nursing a foot injury. Stanislav Manolev is likely to deputise, given the inconsistent form of the young Jetro Willems.

Netherlands international Kevin Strootman is also unlikely to feature, having been withdrawn before the interval through injury in his side’s last outing.

Phillip Cocu will also be unable to call upon goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, who is currently recovering from a shoulder problem.

For the visitors, Brett Holman has returned from suspension but is unlikely to make an appearance due to a muscular problem. Furthermore, Celso Ortiz remains sidelined with a knee injury, while Rasmus Elm is doubtful, too.

Dirk Marcellis picked up a booking in his side’s last outing against Twente, and will therefore be suspended for Saturday’s tie.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • PSV currently sit fifth in the league standings, trailing leaders Ajax by seven points.
  • The Eindhoven side’s title dreams were dealt a huge blow away to RKC in midweek, the Waalwijk outfit running out 2-1 winners.
  • The Brabant outfit recently picked up their first piece of silverware since 2008, claiming the KNVB Beker courtesy of a 3-0 win over Heracles.
  • AZ have failed to win their last three matches, drawing their last two league outings by a scoreline of 2-2.
  • The second-placed visitors are just three points behind Ajax, and can draw level on points with a win on Saturday.
  • Jozy Altidore (pictured) is the Alkmaar side’s top scorer, netting three in his side’s last two domestic outings.

Players to watch

D. Mertens

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Belgian winger is his side's most dangerous player, especially when cutting in from the left flank. He had an unproductive night in midweek, and will be looking to make amends in front of the home crowd.

J. Altidore

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The American was previously critisized for failing to match the Dutch style of play, but seems to be finding his feet in the centre-forward role. He netted a brace against Twente, and will be eager to add to his tally of 13 league goals against an often shaky PSV defence.

Editor's Prediction

This will undoubtedly be a fiercely-contested encounter, with both sides needing a win to keep their title dreams alive. PSV's matches versus the bigger teams tend to involve plenty of goals, not least the 2-6 drubbing they suffered at the hands of Twente. A high-scoring draw may well be on the cards.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

PSV

AZ

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

PSV Eindhoven PSV
PSV Eindhoven PSV
Draw
Alkmaar Zaanstreek AZ
Alkmaar Zaanstreek AZ
45%
41%

Top 3 Predictions

PSV Eindhoven PSV
3 - 1
Alkmaar Zaanstreek AZ
PSV Eindhoven PSV
1 - 2
Alkmaar Zaanstreek AZ
PSV Eindhoven PSV
1 - 3
Alkmaar Zaanstreek AZ

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