Excelsior vs PSV by Meese
Excelsior failed to obtain second consecutive victory in Eredivisie last weekend, as the team took only a point in a 1:1 draw on the road against Willem II. Hosts entered the game better and took the lead already in sixth minute thanks to a goal from Sol, while the visitors took over the initiative and held the ball more, deserving the equalizer that came in 80th minute with a goal from Faik.
Overall, it was a fair outcome of the match, as the team continued being at the upper part of the table, currently sharing the sixth position with Vitesse, Sparta and Den Haag. During the midweek, they won over amateur side Barendrecht 1:0 away from home, using very rotated squad that time out. Ahead of the match against PSV, surely their aim is to stay undefeated but knowing their good start in the season, probably the team will try to play as relaxed as possible and try to make a surprise.
Excelsior should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Ondaan and Ribeiro on the wings, plus Hasselbaink as central striker. Goalkeeper Alessandro Damen, right full back Jeffry Fortes, offensive midfielder Stanley Elbers (5/1) and offensive Mike van Duinen (0/0) are all ruled out with injuries.
After a really good start in the season, PSV lost the touch with their good form in previous ten days, as the team suffered defeat in Champions League opener against Atletico Madrid at home, but also lost important match at home in Eredivisie last weekend when the team welcomed Feyenoord and stood defeated with a narrow 1:0 result.
Overall, they were much better during the game, held the ball more and created more threatening situation, but paid the price of lack of concentration in the defense towards the end of the game and stood behind in the scoreline in 82nd minute, without being able to respond further. The team is now five points behind leaders from Feyenoord and is in a must win situation here in order to stay in touch with the firstly placed side.
Visitors from Eindhoven are set to play in 4-3-3 formation as well, with Narsingh and Pereiro on the wings and Jong as central striker this time. Forward Jurgen Locadia (4/0) is the only injury worry for the visiting team. Manager Phillip Cocu is expected to field the same starting lineup that began against Feyenoord last weekend.
- PSV Eindhoven have scored at least 2 goals in their last 11 away matches (Eredivisie).
- Excelsior have seen over 2.5 goals in 9 of their last 10 matches against PSV Eindhoven.
Excelsior failed to get two consecutive victories last weekend, but the team looked quite solid and overall, looks lively on the field scoring with ease. PSV will be looking to bounce back after their defeat in a derby game against Feyenoord and their response should be strong here. However, I believe that we'll see home side scoring as well, while the odds for it are looking very valuable to me.