Den Haag vs PSV by Meese
Den Haag surprised eveyone with a victory in front of own fans last weekend when the team welcomed Gronigen and took a 4:3 victory. It was their third consecutive victory in a row in Eredivisie, as the side escaped completely from the relegation zone at the moment, but are far away from a safe side.
They had a great first halftime when the team scored three (via Bakker, Malone and Havenaar), even having 4:0 lead in 47th via another goal from Malone, while they left the ball possession and chances were created much more by the visiting team. A goal from Mahi and two from Linssen did reduce the deficit, but didn't revert the scoreline completely. They were close to hopeless team just few weeks back, but now with nine points earned out of three games and twelve out of four rounds, the team stands at thirteenth position, having four points more than play-out placed NEC Nijmegen and they need just a bit more push in order to avoid the ugly relegation battle.
Home side will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Havenaar as central striker, plus Duplan, Bakker and Schaken as offensive midfielders. Manager Alfons Groenendijk is still missing offensive midfielder Kevin Jansen (11/1) and forward Gervane Kastaneer (14/4) due injuries.
PSV, on the other side, took a convincing victory in front of own fans against Willem II 5:0 on Sunday afternoon. The game at first started in a slow way, but the hosts managed to take the lead in last moments of the first halftime via Ismat-Mirin.
However, they completely outplayed the opponent in the repetition, scoring four more goals - via van Ginkel twice, Pereiro and Guardado, showing much more superiority in the last phase of the clash. It was good response after their draw away to Twente, as the side now has four points less than second placed Ajax and five less than leaders from Feyenoord, being in a must win situation for this one.
PSV is set to play in their typical 4-3-3 formation, using Ginkel and Pereiro as wingers, plus Jong as central striker. Their manager Phillip Cocu has fully available squad to choose from and is expected to field an unchanged squad, in comparison to previous lineups.
- Den Haag have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches against PSV Eindhoven.
- Den Haag have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 7 home matches against PSV Eindhoven.
PSV is still alive in their chances of getting the Champions League spot at least and will be going for a three pointer here. However, I see players of Den Haag being active on the field and creative and dangerous as well, with the side still not being safe regarding relegation battle. Both teams scoring and four-five goals overall together with PSV's victory seems like such an obvious outcome.