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  • April 8, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam
  • Referee: P. Van Boekel
  • • Attendance: 50000
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PSV - Heracles Preview: Phillip Cocu hunting for first trophy as coach

PSV - Heracles Preview: Phillip Cocu hunting for first trophy as coach

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The Eindhoven side are aiming for their ninth Dutch cup in history, while the Almelo outfit have made it to the final of the competition for the first time ever


PROBABLE LINEUPS

PSV

Tyton
Hutchinson, Marcelo, Derijck, Pieters
Labyad, Strootman
Wijnaldum, Toivonen, Mertens
Matavz
HERACLES

Pasveer
Breukers, Rienstra, V/d Linden, Looms
Quansah, Overtoom, Duarte
Douglas, Armenteros
, Everton


PSV coach Phillip Cocu doesn't have any noteworthy injury problems ahead of Sunday's game as defender Abel Tamata is the only absentee.

Cocu is likely to give Atiba Hutchinson the nod ahead of Stanislav Manolev at right-back, while Jeremain Lens will probably have to settle for a spot on the bench as well.

Heracles trainer Peter Bosz meanwhile has his full squad available as well for Sunday's match, meaning that attacking midfielder Marko Vejinovic could miss out on a starting berth.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • PSV have kept only one clean sheet in their last 20 official games.
  • The Eindhoven side have made it to the final of the Dutch cup on 15 occasions so far, winning the trophy eight times.
  • With four goals in four appearances, Tim Matavz is PSV's leading goal scorer in the KNVB Beker this term.
  • It's the first time ever that Heracles have reached the final of the KNVB Beker.
  • The Almelo side have kept a clean sheet in four out of their five cup games in 2011-12.

  • Heracles coach Peter Bosz has won the Dutch cup three times during his career.

Players to watch

T. Matavž

Position: Attacker

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The Slovenia international is PSV's leading goal scorer in the competition and was vital in their away win over Twente in the quarter-finals. Matavz is one of the most clinical strikers around in Europe, and will be keen to add to his tally in De Kuip. The Heracles defence can't afford to allow the former Groningen man any space.

W. Overtoom

Position: Midfielder

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Overtoom is one of the most underrated players around in the Eredivisie, and the attacking midfielder will be eager to guide Heracles to success on Sunday. His excellent passing, vision and timing make him a very dangerous midfielder, and he could cause the PSV goalkeeper plenty of problems with his superb long range strikes.

Editor's Prediction

The Eindhoven side start the match as the sky-high favourites, and really should be able to bring home their first trophy since the 2008 Eredivisie title. They were held to a 1-1 draw in their last match against Heracles, but dominated play throughout that game and deserved more. PSV's attacking potency should be too much for the Almelo club's vulnerable defence on Sunday, and even though Cocu's men are by no means impressive at the back either, a win for PSV seems to be on the cards.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

PSV

Heracles

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

PSV Eindhoven PSV
PSV Eindhoven PSV
Draw
Heracles Almelo HER
Heracles Almelo Heracles
76%
22%

Top 3 Predictions

PSV Eindhoven PSV
3 - 0
Heracles Almelo HER
PSV Eindhoven PSV
3 - 1
Heracles Almelo HER
PSV Eindhoven PSV
2 - 0
Heracles Almelo HER

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