Eredivisie Preview: Round 1 - PSV face difficult away match against AZ

Netherlands' top division returns following a twelve-week hiatus and an interesting opening weekend awaits as all of the sides look to get off to a solid start
All Eredivisie games can be seen live at www.livedutcheredivisie.tv.

Eredivisie Table

Friday

Excelsior - Feyenoord

Saturday

Roda - Groningen

Heerenveen - NEC

RKC - Heracles

VVV - Utrecht

Sunday

AZ - PSV

ADO Den Haag - Vitesse

De Graafschap - Ajax

NAC - Twente

Excelsior - Feyenoord 
  • Excelsior finished 16th in the Eredivisie last term
  • John Lammers will make his competitive debut as head coach for the hosts
  • Feyenoord had to settle for tenth spot in 2010-11
  • Ronald Koeman is one out of nine newly appointed coaches in the Eredivisie
  • Previous meeting: Feyenoord 1-0 Excelsior
Roda - Groningen
  • Roda were sixth in the division last term
  • The home side lost players such as Willem Janssen, Anouar Hadouir and Morten Skoubo
  • Groningen finished the 2010-11 campaign in fifth position
  • Star players Dusan Tadic and Tim Matavz stayed at Groningen this summer
  • Previous meeting: Groningen 1-4 Roda
Heerenveen - NEC
  • Heerenveen missed out on the play-offs last year as they finished 12th in the table
  • The Friezen will have to make do without the injured Geert-Arend Roorda
  • NEC were last year's number 11 in the rankings
  • Last year's Eredivisie topscorer Bjorn Vleminckx has left NEC for Club Brugge
  • Previous meeting: Heerenveen 0-0 NEC
RKC - Heracles
  • RKC won the Eerste Divisie last season to secure promotion to the top tier
  • The Waalwijk outfit are back in the elite league after only one season away
  • Heracles finished the 2010-11 campaign in eighth position
  • Birger Maertens picked up a serious injury this week and faces a lengthy lay-off 
  • Previous meeting: Heracles 4-1 RKC
VVV - Utrecht
  • VVV finished 17th last term, but eventually escaped relegation via the play-offs
  • Star player Ahmed Musa is away on international duty with Nigeria Under-20s
  • Utrecht failed to live up to the expectations as they ended the season in ninth position
  • The Domstedelingen lost key players Mertens, Strootman, Silberbauer & Van Wolfwinkel
  • Previous meeting: VVV 1-2 Utrecht
AZ - PSV
  • AZ were fourth in the table in 2010-11
  • Jozy Altidore could make his Eredivisie debut this Sunday
  • PSV finished last term in third position
  • High profile signings like Mertens, Strootman and Wijnaldum could make their debut
  • Previous meeting: AZ 0-4 PSV
ADO Den Haag - Vitesse
  • ADO were the Eredivisie's number seven of last year
  • The home side were eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday
  • Vitesse only narrowly avoided relegation as they finished the season in 15th position
  • The Arnhem based club will be without the injured Renato Ibarra
  • Previous meeting: ADO Den Haag 1-0 Vitesse
De Graafschap - Ajax
  • De Graafschap enjoyed a relatively successful season as they finished 14th in the table
  • The hosts signed goalkeeper De Winter this week from Westerlo
  • Ajax won the 30th title in their history last year
  • The Amsterdam giants lost the Johan Cruyff Schaal match against Twente last week
  • Previous meeting: Ajax 2-0 De Graafschap
NAC - Twente
  • NAC were the Eredivisie's 13th-ranked team last term
  • Star striker Matthew Amoah has been linked with a summer move, but still plays in Breda
  • Twente only just missed out on the league title as they had to settle for second spot
  • The guests beat Vaslui in midweek to qualify for the Champions League play-off
  • Previous meeting: NAC 2-1 Willem II