FOOTBALL - Ajax host PSV this Saturday in the Dutch top flight’s marquee match this weekend and the defending champions must prepare for an avalanche of shots from the visitors, who are the most active in front of the opponents’ goal among teams playing in one of Europe’s top domestic leagues this season.
FOOTBALL - Feyenoord’s second place in last season’s Eredivisie was their best league performance for 11 years whilst the six point deficit between them and champions Ajax was the closest that the Rotterdammers had come to winning the title since 2002/2003 when they finished third, four points behind champions PSV. Their fifth place in the current league table might therefore be seen as a disappointment but the league table is not telling the whole story.
FOOTBALL - High-flying Vitesse are only the fourth side in Eredivisie history to win at both Ajax and PSV in the season. They thereby follow in the footsteps of AZ ‘67 (1980/1981), sc Heerenveen (2008/2009) and ADO Den Haag (2010/2011). Of the other three AZ ‘67 were the only ones to collect away victories at Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord - the traditional Big Three of Dutch football - in the same season.
Football - On Sunday, PSV’s Jürgen Locadia scored a hat-trick on his Eredivisie league debut. He became the first player in 43 years to achieve this feat in the Dutch top flight and the first since Harald Berg scored on his Eredivisie debut for ADO in 1969.
The last time this happened in the English Premier League was in August 1996 when Fabrizio Ravanelli scored 3 goals on his Premier League debut for Middlesbrough.
FOOTBALL - Mark van Bommel is the first player in Eredivisie history to pick up a yellow card in each of the first five matchdays of a Dutch top flight season. Before he embarked on his foreign adventure, he also picked up a yellow card in his farewell match in 2005. Therefore, another record looms for Van Bommel when he returns from suspension on 30 September.
FOOTBALL - The three current Dutch top flight Eredivisie clubs FC Twente, sc Heerenveen and PSV have produced three players that have played league matches for each of these clubs. Can you think of their names? We have the answer listed below if you click Read More.
FOOTBALL - Last night it was reported that Mark van Bommel has been offered a contract to play for PSV next season. If he indeed joins the Dutch club, it might be worth putting your money on them now to win next season’s Eredivisie as Van Bommel wins league championships wherever he goes.
FOOTBALL - PSV are parting ways with head coach Fred Rutten with immediate effect. In more than two and a half seasons in which Rutten was in charge at the Eindhoven side, PSV did not win a single trophy. The last PSV coach that failed to win any honours in three seasons was Thijs Libregts (1980-1983). The last piece of silverware won by PSV is the 2008 Johan Cruijff Schaal (domestic Super Cup).
FOOTBALL - Stanislav Manolev added to PSV’s demise by picking up two yellow cards in the Eredivie defeat at NAC Breda (3-1). The Bulgarian defender equalled the Dutch league record collecting 11 yellow cards in a single season. To add to the party, RKC’s Guy Ramos also picked up his 11th yellow card later on Sunday.
FOOTBALL - This weekend’s 6-2 win by FC Twente over Dutch top flight leaders PSV turned the tables completely in the projections of the Euro Club Index for the Eredivisie. Click here to see how Twente’s title odds went from 24% to 52% and PSV’s from 61% to 28% in one fell swoop.