The Eredivisie will start this year with a real cracker. Ajax and PSV play against each other in the Johan Cruijff Arena. Both teams are at the top of the rankings and want to keep the competitors under them. It requires three points. Which team do you think will do that?
“PSV is becoming a completely different team.”
Next Sunday, Ajax Amsterdam will have the opportunity to shake off first pursuer PSV. Ajax coach Erik ten Hag wants to maintain the Eredivisie lead, which requires a victory because the Ajax players only have one point more than the Eindhoven team. “PSV is undergoing a major conversion. We have cut our hearts out of the team in recent years. Then you have to start over. But we are Ajax, and we always do what is impossible,” says Ajax’s official website.
“Keep PSV in defence.”
According to Ten Hag, PSV’s strength lies mainly in the front. “If we can put a lot of pressure on our wingers, Dumfries and Max will not come forward, and we will take the sting out of PSV’s game. If we keep PSV in the back, we can also play our game, which is our strongest”, Ten Hag concludes his preview of the top match against PSV.
“We must have faith in our game.”
Ajax captain Dusan Tadic also hopes that the Amsterdam team will immediately take their responsibility by winning against PSV. “Now we are going to see who is cut from which wood. We have to stand up to PSV and show that we have confidence in our game. If we do the simple things well, then we can certainly win against PSV”, the Ajax captain stated steadfastly.
PSV happy with a strong opponent like Ajax
The match in the Johan Cruijff Arena is also of great importance for PSV Eindhoven. The team of trainer Roger Schmidt will get the chance to get Ajax off the throne on Sunday. According to Schmidt, his team has a case against the Eredivisie leader for that to be won. “We are happy to be able to play against strong opponents such as Ajax at the start of the new year. Then we can see how we are doing, also in terms of fitness. We have to be ready for it on Sunday”, Schmidt said in his preview at FOX Sports.
“We have already gained a lot of self-confidence.”
Just before the short winter break, Eindhoven’s people easily beat VVV Venlo in the Philips Stadium with 4-1. Looking back on that game, Schmidt gives a good feeling for the match against the Ajax players. “We were able to start this break with a good feeling. We have gained a lot of confidence. We have still only just started, we still have twenty league matches to go with the away match against Ajax”, says Schmidt.
Prognosis for Ajax – PSV in Eredivisie
Both teams are in good shape, but Ajax gives away few chances at home for the opponents. That is why we predict a victory for the Ajax players. Our betting tip is 1-0 for Ajax.