Foot Predictions shows Wednesday’s KNVB Beker clash between Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Ajax and PSV Eindhoven renew their rivalry on Wednesday night, looking for a spot in the KNVB Beker semifinals.
While the first two Eredivisie teams are separated by four points, the leader Ajax has one game less and a much greater goal difference.
Failed registration and drug testing problems mean Ajax has been making headlines for the wrong reasons in recent days.
Yet, Erik ten HagThe German team has won 11 consecutive games without losing in all competitions, which helped them to control the race for the Eredivisie title.
Ten Hag will not be satisfied unless the Dutch giant wins the treble this season, and there is room for improvement when it comes to performance.
The 3-0 win over AZ at the end of January was a step in the right direction, with just the fourth clean sheet since 28 November.
While Ajax reached the quarter-finals of this competition with another victory at AZ, PSV needed goals in the second half to get the better of Volendam, from the second division.
Now it will probably be seven points behind Ajax in the near future, Roger Schmidt will be putting a significant focus on this contest, as he prepares to end the season with a silver piece.
Unlike the opponent, PSV was in action at the weekend, registering the much needed 3-0 victory against FC Twente.
Donyell Malen ended his four-game wait for a goal by scoring a double on both sides of the break, bringing his season count to 17 goals.
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Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is in line to start for Ajax after Andre Onana was suspended for 12 months due to a positive drug test.
A 10-day break in action leaves Ten Hag with several decisions to make regarding his selection, but Sebastien Haller must appear after being inadvertently excluded from the Europa League club squad
Having managed to rest the players during the finals with Twente, Schmidt was able to choose the same team that started the game.
Ryan Thomas can enter the midfield if Schmidt wants to present new legs, although Marco van Ginkel it is likely to remain among the substitutes.
Possible initial Ajax roster:
Stekelenburg; Timber, Schuurs, Martinez, Blind; Alvarez, Klaassen, Gravenberch; Antony, Haller, Neres
Possible initial line-up for PSV Eindhoven:
Mvogo; Dumfries, Teze, Boscagli, Max; Sangare, Rosario; Junior, Ihattaren; Zahavi, Malen
Probability: Ajax 3-1 PSV Eindhoven
Despite not showing its best form in recent weeks, Ajax still found a way to win victories on the board. We think it will be a similar story here, as they seek to increase their offer to reach triples by the end of the campaign.