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Match Preview: Ajax vs PSV

Ajax Amsterdam v PSV Eindhoven - Dutch Eredivisie
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The game of the weekend in the Eredivisie takes place on Sunday, as Ajax host the league leaders PSV Eindhoven.

The Dutch champions, PSV travel to Amsterdam with a five-point advantage ahead of their biggest rivals AFC Ajax.

They’ll have the chance to close in on another Eredivisie title triumph by winning the game, but would probably be super happy if they escape Johan Cruijff Arena with a point as well.

Ajax, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 defeat to AZ Alkmaar in the previous league game. They desperately need a victory against PSV to retain their chances for the first title since 2014.

Team news

Carel Eiting is the only Ajax player ruled out for the derby against PSV.

Their star player Hakim Ziyech was subbed off in the 23rd minute against AZ Alkmaar two weeks ago, but the Moroccan playmaker will probably be ready for the game on Sunday.

PSV visit Amsterdam missing the injured duo – Maximiliano Romero and Ryan Thomas.

Their head coach, Mark van Bommel doesn’t have any fresh injury concerns.

What did the managers say

The head coach of Ajax, Erik ten Hag talked about the season so far, as his team is still alive in the title race, and they have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the Final of the KNVB Cup.

“That’s what you want, of course: that at the start of April, you’re still in the running on all fronts”, said Ten Hag via the Ajax official website.

“For the competition, it’s very important that we win on Sunday. If we lose, it will be tough in terms of the title. But we’re assuming that we’re going to win. PSV can play a varied game and apply pressure in many ways. We need to have answers for that.”

Mark van Bommel believes the game is not decisive, as both clubs would have seven more games to play until the end of the season. “You might argue that Ajax will be under pressure to win the game and cut our lead to two points,” Van Bommel said the PSV official website.

“We play 34 league games a season and I think every game is important when the title race reaches its tipping point.

“It’s a big showdown and we really relish this tough test with eight Eredivisie games left to play. I think Ajax will press high up the pitch but it actually hard to predict what kind of game it will be. We may play a long ball game but in fact, we have several tactical weapons at our disposal.”

Stats

Ajax are unbeaten at home this season, noting 11 wins and two draws in their 13 league games at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

The last three encounters between these rivals finished with a 3-0 victory for the home side.

PSV are unbeaten in the last 14 games across all competitions, winning nine of them.

Ajax have scored at least 2 goals in their last 12 home matches in the Eredivisie.

PSV have scored at least one goal in the last 29 games – since the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona back in September.