The traditional opening of the national football season is just around the corner. In the Johan Cruijff ArenA, Dutch champion PSV will compete against cup winner Feyenoord on Saturday at 6:00 PM. Bet is the first prize of the season, the Johan Cruijff scale.
PSV said goodbye to head coach Phillip Cocu in the summer, who left for Fenerbahçe in Turkey. With three national titles in five years, Cocu leaves a considerable legacy for his successor Mark van Bommel. The former midfielder of Bayern Munich, among others, has to do without mainstay Marco van Ginkel. The midfielder returned to Chelsea but will probably be let again. Van Ginkel had a large share in last season's championship. With 14 goals and 4 assists in 28 games, he was the team's top scorer after Lozano. Van Bommel sees the successor of the midfielder in Gastón Pereiro. Other determining players such as Luuk de Jong and Hirving Lozano can still be admired in Eindhoven, so there is no question of total deflation.
PSV starts the season with an almost completely new rear. In the last exhibition game against Valencia, Spain (2-1 win), the acquisitions were Niek Viergever, Denzel Dumfries and Angeliño. Together with Daniel Schwaab and keeper Jeroen Zoet, they form the defense of the people of Eindhoven. Jeroen Zoet, who remained loyal to PSV despite a lot of interest, gave up no fewer than 39 goals last season. A high number for a national champion. This season, this number must be reduced and with these acquisitions, that seems to be a feasible goal. In addition, the rear-guard with Dumfries and Angeliño also has attacking qualities, as witnessed by the eight and six assists of last season from both players, respectively.
Feyenoord struggled against top clubs last season with difficulty. All league matches against both PSV and Ajax were lost. In addition, the team has not become stronger on the whole. Bearing power Karim El Ahmadi has left and Jordy Clasie was picked up from England as a replacement. Furthermore, not much changed in De Kuip. The biggest change is the fitness of Robin van Persie. Before the summer it was often a mess, while it now looks fit and sharp. The danger is that the team leans too much on the qualities of the top scorer of all times of Orange. PSV has the task of eliminating Van Persie and bringing their dangerous attackers into position themselves. In that case the first prize of the season goes to Brabant.
PSV wins 2-1: 8.50
Both teams score: 1.61
At half time it is equal and PSV wins: 5.50
PSV wins 2-1: 9.25
Both teams score: 1.64
At half time it is equal and PSV wins: 5.25
PSV wins 2-1: 7.35
Both teams score: 1.57
At half time it is equal and PSV wins: 5.15
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