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Jan 23, 2021 at 7pm UK at Philips Stadium
PSVPSV Eindhoven
2-0
RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk
Zahavi (45+1'), Rosario (73')
Gutierrez (70')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Meulensteen (45')

Preview: PSV Eindhoven vs. RKC Waalwijk - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Eredivisie clash between PSV Eindhoven and RKC Waalwijk, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Looking for their first win in seven league games, RKC Waalwijk have the daunting task of going head-to-head against PSV Eindhoven on Saturday.

Both sides have already met once this season where PSV were simply too strong for their hosts last December, cruising to a 4-1 victory.


Match preview

PSV Eindhoven head coach Roger Schmidt pictured in October 2020© Reuters

The appointment of Roger Schmidt has worked a real treat as PSV seem to have recovered from their relatively underwhelming performances of last season.

Before the Eredivisie was prematurely ended due to coronavirus, the Rood-witten were as many as seven points behind Ajax and AZ in the title race, despite having played an extra game.

This time out, Roger Schmidt and his men currently sit four points off the top, after edging out Sparta Rotterdam away from home in a scoring spree which ended 5-3 last Tuesday.

Scoring goals for fun has been a major feature of the home side, and their latest exhibition of that brought their tally up to 41, which is bettered by only Ajax.

They have progressed into the next round of the KNVB-Beker as a result of a 2-0 win against Eerste Divisie side FC Volendam on Tuesday, thanks to second-half goals from Noni Madueke and Denzel Dumfries.

Up until last Wednesday, PSV had a perfect home record in the league, but that run has now been ended by AZ, who claimed a 3-1 victory.

Just like last season where they were only saved from relegation by coronavirus, Waalwijk have performed badly for most of the current season.

They were held to a 1-1 draw for the second game in a row last Sunday by Willem II, who remain four points and one place behind them in the Eredivisie table.

Fred Grim's men had a chance to put some daylight between themselves and their nearest challengers in the race to beat the drop, but they ultimately failed to do so.

Faced with consecutive away games against PSV and Vitesse, Waalwijk could be left regretting that missed opportunity sooner rather than later.

PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie form: WWWDLW
PSV Eindhoven form (all competitions): WWDLWW

RKC Waalwijk Eredivisie form: LLLLDD


Team News

PSV Eindhoven players celebrate in October 2020© Reuters

Waalwijk's Ola John was forced off with an injury in the first half of last Sunday's draw against Willem II, and he is doubtful for his side's trip to the Philips Stadion.

Mario Gotze is also expected to be absent for the home side, as he continues to recover from a muscle injury that has kept him out of action since last December.

The German's career has been injury-plagued for most of it, and that trend has continued since he moved to the Netherlands.

PSV will also be without Richard Ledezma and Maximiliano Romero, who are both out for the season with ACL and knee injuries respectively.

PSV Eindhoven possible starting lineup:
Mvogo; Max, Boscagli, Teze, Dumfries; Rosario, Sangare, Thomas; Ihattaren, Malen, Zahavi

RKC Waalwijk possible starting lineup:
Lamprou; Quasten, Touba, Meulensteen, Bakari; Tahiri, Azhil, Van Der Venne; Stokkers, Daneels Efmorfidis


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We say: PSV Eindhoven 3-1 RKC Waalwijk

PSV will be expected to produce another dominant display at home as they have done all season long, and they should come away with a comfortable victory against a struggling Waalwijk side.


Top betting tip

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How you voted: PSV vs RKC Waalwijk

PSV Eindhoven
87.9%
Draw
12.1%
RKC Waalwijk
0.0%
33
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ajax21172268155353
2PSV EindhovenPSV22145351242747
3AZ AlkmaarAZ22127348321643
4Vitesse22133634211342
5Feyenoord21125442202241
6Groningen2111462923637
7FC Twente229673528733
8FC UtrechtUtrecht2171043028231
9Heerenveen227873030029
10Fortuna SittardSittard2284103341-828
11Heracles2284102432-828
12Sparta RotterdamSparta2165103034-423
13PEC Zwolle2241172634-823
14VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo2164113552-1722
15RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk2247111935-1619
16Willem II2134142447-2313
17ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag2127121947-2813
18EmmenEmmen2206161751-346

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