Leader PSV receives FC Utrecht on Saturday evening at 6:30 PM in the Phillips Stadium. A difficult hurdle for the people of Eindhoven in the hunt for the 24th national title, but the team has no lack of confidence.
Title in sight
PSV can build on the excellent performance last week at De Kuip. Feyenoord was outclassed with offensive football and the team played like a champion. The team seemed to realize that the coming period is over or under and played with passion and pressure forward. With nine games ahead, the Phillip Cocu team has seven points ahead of their closest attacker Ajax. A win in-house against FC Utrecht reinforces the club's title aspirations and gives PSV a boost for the remaining matches.
Pereiro is fighting for his chance
The leader has staff problems against FC Utrecht; due to a suspension it again cannot have club top scorer Hirving Lozano. Due to the absence of Lozano, there is a good chance that Gastón Pereiro will once again have the opportunity to show his class. The Uruguayan has little time to play in Eindhoven and kept the bank warm for six games against Feyenoord. This season, he played 1191 minutes in the competition so far, while last season he had 1739 minutes in his legs after round 25. The previous game proved Pereiro to be a worthy replacement for Lozano with a goal and an assist behind his name. He will be able to prove himself again on Saturday.
Undefeated FC Utrecht under De Jong
FC Utrecht is going through a great period under trainer Jean-Paul de Jong. The Utrecht players are nicely fourth and play attractive football. After the departure of Erik ten Hag in the winter break, there was a fear in the Dom City that the team would collapse. With four wins and three draws, De Jong's team is still unbeaten. Zakaria Labyad is the big man at FC Utrecht. In 23 games, the attacking midfielder accounted for ten goals and seven assists. The Moroccan Dutchman is creative, goal-oriented and has developed into an indispensable link in the Utrecht team. If PSV manages to neutralize Labyad, they get the sting from FC Utrecht and football against that club becomes a lot easier.
Betting at an online casino
MrGreen: PSV 1.36 Draw 5.10 FC Utrecht 7.50
Crown casino: PSV 1.39 Draw 5.30 FC Utrecht 8.05
SuperLenny: PSV 1.40 Draw 5.00 FC Utrecht 7.50