PSV Eindhoven will be welcoming Willem II to the Philips Stadion for their 22nd game in the Dutch League. PSV currently sits at fifth with 36 points and is four points behind Willem II who accommodate the fourth spot. PSV has struggled to find form lately as they’ve just managed to win one of their of last five games in the league, and have two draws and two defeats in the process. Willem II on the other is unbeaten in their last five, having won three and drawn two so far.
Date- Sunday, February 9
Kick-Off- 12:15 AM (IST)
Venue- Phillips Stadion
Ibrahim Afellay should be back in the squad after serving a ban. Donyell Malen, meanwhile, is the only player who remains on the sidelines due to an injury, Ritsu Doan, Konstantinos Mitroglou should be pushing for starts while Ricardo Rodriguez could get an opportunity to start in his first game for PSV after his loan move from AC Milan.
Bart Nieuwkoop and Fernando Lewis are ruled out for the visitors due to injuries. Adrie Koster will be expected to not tinker with the team as they go through a positive run. Nunnely, Pavlidis and Kohlert should be leading the line of attack, while Llonch, Ndayishmiye and Sadiki fill in at midfield.d
PSV (Expected Playing 11)- Unnerstall; Boscagli, Viergever, Schwaab, Dumfries; Rosairo, Hendrix, Gapko, Ihattaren, Bruma; Lammers
WIL (Expected Playing 11)-
Mohamed Ihatteren is one of the standouts for PSV this season. The 17-year-old has three goals, four assists and a pass accuracy of 76.6% from 1426 minutes in the league this season.
Vangelis Pavlidis has been the danger man for Willem II on the attacking front. Pavlidis has 10 goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 66.6% from 20 appearances this season.
Cody Gapko has been vital in the attacking midfield role for PSV. Gapko has four goals, five assists and a pass accuracy of 74.7% from 1127 minutes in the league this season.
Mats Kohlert has five goals, three assists and a pass accuracy of 78% from 21 appearances this season.
From the last six encounters between the two teams, it’s PSV who has had the upper hand with four wins in contrast to Willem’s two wins.
A draw seems to be a possible outcome.
Goalkeeper- M Would
Defenders- D Dumfries, J Hendrix, S Holmen, J Peters
Midfielders- M Ihattaren (VC), Bruma, M Kohlert, P Llonch
Forwards- C Gapko, V Pavlidis (C)
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