Foot Predictions shows the Eredivisie clash on Sunday between PSV Eindhoven and Vitesse, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
PSV Eindhoven enter your facility with Vitesse knowing that victory alone will be enough if they really want to keep pace with Eredivisie’s Ajax leader.
After four games without a win, Vitesse is now five points behind the opponent before Sunday’s game at Philips Stadion.
Having kept within touch distance of Ajax in the middle of the campaign, Roger Schmidt he would have been satisfied with the way his team was progressing after a slow start.
However, in addition to being six points behind the leader and having played another game, leaving the cup for the same team and losing 4-2 in the Europa League on Thursday to Olympiacos put Schmidt under increasing pressure at Philips Stadion.
PSV have conceded 11 goals in just five matches, a worrying return if we take into account that there were no goals against Twente in that period.
Schmidt will recognize that the club is nothing more than an outsider to end the almost three-year wait for the title, but the German has to show that he is the right man for the job to move on.
Despite your problems at the back, Eran Zahavi and Donyell Malen contributed seven goals between them in the last four matches.
Opponent Vitesse was the surprise of the season, winning 13 of the first 18 games at the Eredivisie.
However, an unsuccessful four-game streak left the team in fourth place, just five points above sixth-placed Groningen, who also have one game less.
Thomas Letsch knows that reaching a position in the top five is the absolute minimum expectation after such a strong start, but they cannot afford many other points lost in the coming weeks.
Vitas suffered defeats against Heerenveen and Twente without scoring a goal, the first time they failed to score in consecutive league games throughout the season.
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Schmidt hopes to appeal Mohamed Ihattaren after the young man missed midweek due to illness.
Mauro Junior and Yorbe Vertessen are pushing for recalls, while Timo Baumgartl is in line to replace Olivier Boscagli.
Vitesse midfielder Oussama Tannane should be fit for this game, despite his early withdrawal against Twente.
On loan from Chelsea Armando Broja has been without a goal for three matches, which puts him at risk of being discarded by Oussama Darfalou.
Possible initial line-up for PSV Eindhoven:
Mvogo; Dumfries, Teze, Baumgartl, Max; Rosario, Sangare; Junior, Vertessen; Zahavi, Malen
Possible initial lineup of Vitesse:
Pasveer; Dasa, Doekhl, Bazoer, Rasmussen, Vittek; Vroegh, Tronstad, Tannane; Openda, Darfalou
Probability: PSV Eindhoven 4-1 Vitesse
After the midweek defeat, Schmidt knows he is under pressure to get things on track. Since Vitesse has been doing poorly lately, we expect PSV to do just that on Sunday, potentially winning with an open score.
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