On Sunday, Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven will host second-from-bottom Ajax Amsterdam at the Philips Stadium for a one-on-one Eredivisie clash, with kickoff slated for 13:30 GMT.
PSV’s Flawless Form in the Eredivisie
PSV have won all the nine matches they have played in the Eredivisie, collecting the maximum 27 points and leading the table, two points ahead of their closest competitors, AZ Alkmaar, in second and a further four points ahead of defending champions Feyenoord in third.
PSV’s dominance in the Eredivisie has been highlighted by the 30 goals they have plundered in their opening nine matches this season, averaging more than three goals a match.
They have conceded just three goals, highlighting their quality at the back in midfield, allowing them to be very penetrative and potent in attack while being solid and compact at the back.
Going into the clash against Ajax, the opposite fortunes of these two sides could not be stark. While Ajax are marooned second-from-bottom of the table, PSV are soaring at the top with a 100% record in the Eredivisie.
Ajax’s Awful Form in the Eredivisie
Ajax’s form and performance this season are the direct opposite of PSV as the two sides prepare to clash on Sunday.
While PSV have won all nine matches, Ajax have won just once across the season. While PSV are soaring at the top of the Eredivisie, Ajax are second from bottom with five points from seven matches.
Ajax have lost their last four consecutive matches, highlighting their sinking form and confidence this season. They have managed to score just 11 goals this season, highlighting their lack of cutting edge in the attacking phase.
Ajax have also conceded 16 goals, which highlights their leaky defense and a lack of solidity and compactness across the spine of the team. They will hope to improve these aspects before the trip to PSV on Sunday.
PSV will be without the services of center-back Armel Bella-Kotchap, who is nursing a shoulder injury. The 21-year-old defender has been out since October 20th and has missed two matches for PSV.
Left winger Noa Lang is also sidelined with a hamstring injury. The 24-year-old has been out for eight matches since October 8th. Center-back Armando Obispo is also a doubt for the clash against Ajax, with the 24-year-old nursing a knee injury.
Left-back Mauro Junior is a long-term absentee for PSV. The 24-year-old is recovering from a knee injury he suffered on March 1st.
Ajax have several injuries that have hampered their efforts to turn their form around this season and get back to winning ways.
Goalkeeper Jay Gorter (knock), center-forward Georges Mikautadze (illness), and left-winger Amourricho van Axel Dongen (unknown injury) are all doubts for the trip to PSV on Sunday.
Ajax will also be without right-back Devyne Rensch, with the 20-year-old suffering a knock on October 21st and missing the last two matches. Attacking midfielder Steven Berghuis is also facing calf problems that have sidelined him for the last three matches.
Defensive midfielder Sivert Mannsverk is also sidelined with a foot injury, with the 21-year-old missing the last five outings. Goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli is also out of consideration for the match against PSV with a shoulder injury.
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PSV will have too much for Ajax; they will win the match and extend their winning run to 10 consecutive matches in the Eredivisie.
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