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    Left it late but perfect start. Fans start to dream...

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    I thought so! I knew we had a chance and the boys did not let us down! Massive result this!

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    WOW - What a result!

    I say it again - GK and defence continue to save you

    Great result in other game with both teams dropping

    At thois stage is it better or worse if PSV qualify from Europe or not with regards to how it would benefit in league?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    WOW - What a result!

    I say it again - GK and defence continue to save you

    Great result in other game with both teams dropping

    At this stage is it better or worse if PSV qualify from Europe or not with regards to how it would benefit in league?
    At this point of time Ajax are the ones to worry about, not PSV. But it can change soon. The next game could already make all the difference.
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    Off to a great start. A match you probably needed to win to stand any chance of getting through the group.

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    Late, late show !
    That other game being a draw is an added bonus
    I wonder if 8 or 9 points might be enough again

    Still think that the league games are more important at this time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Late, late show !
    That other game being a draw is an added bonus
    I wonder if 8 or 9 points might be enough again

    Still think that the league games are more important at this time
    In a way you're right. For Feyenoord winning the title is not the end. The goal is to rule in the Netherlands, so we need to make sure Ajax don't reclaim the title before we start worrying about Europe.

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    It's PSV on Sunday!

    This Sunday we'll play PSV at De Kuip, without the injured Tahith Chong and Ridgeciano Haps, but PSV will be missing the suspended duo of Jordi Alba and Pablo Rosario, two of their very key players!



    PSV are doing remarkably well in Europe, but in the Eredivisie table the gap between them on the one hand and Ajax and us on the other hand is five points already, so one would think that they will be keen to win the match without taking too many risks.

    PSV will most likely play their usual 4-5-1 formation like they did when they defeated Schalke 04 at the Veltins Arena, but of course they will have to play us without Rosario and without Jordi Alba.





    As for us, we will play our usual formation and Emil Hansson will replace the injured Tahith Chong while Crysencio Summerville, who was outstanding against FC Barcelona, will start as right winger again. Let's hope his form is back!

    Of course Idrissi will start out on the bench so he can replace either Hansson or Summerville when the need arises. Also, Wouter Burger will replace Wehrmann if we need a more attacking midfielder.

    And finally, Tijme Wessels will play alongside Kongolo again. St.Juste is simply not very reliable and although Tijme can obviously not play every game, at least we know that De Vrij will be joining us again in January.


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    Need to stop Romero and Sánchez but if you can do that there is nothing to fear from the remainder. A win would surely end PSV as a contender

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Need to stop Romero and Sánchez but if you can do that there is nothing to fear from the remainder. A win would surely end PSV as a contender
    Kongolo will man mark Romero. He is a real goal-machine. Sánchez might be dangerous. He is in a free role, more or less. It will be hard to stop him if he plays at the top of his form.

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    Big game for Hansson!

    Where is the other Zirkzee?

    PSV have an unhappy squad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Big game for Hansson!

    Where is the other Zirkzee?

    PSV have an unhappy squad!
    Jordan Zirkzee is playing with the Reserves.

    As to PSV, some players don't like Malen who, by the way, is a very talented player, expected to replace Rosario tomorrow.

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    Veronica Inside on Feyenoord v PSV

    Last night's edition of Veronica Inside was all about tonight's clash between Feyenoord and PSV. And as a bonus there was the latest rumour about Hakim Ziyech!



    Wilfred Genee: If Feyenoord win tonight we have a two-horse race. And it's a home game for them, so what can we expect?






    Jan Boskamp: We will win the game, of course. Nobody can defeat us at our own Kuip. And certainly not PSV! If we don't win I'll eat my head!




    Johan Derksen: For once I agree with Jan. Let's face it, they have made all the wrong decisions in Eindhoven. They sign 34-year-old veterans and they leave their best player on the bench, even though Mark van Bommel has come to his senses lately and Romero is playing as striker again with Alexis Sánchez as left winger.




    René van der Gijp: You're right but they still have a chance. After all, they defeated Schalke at the Veltins-Arena on Wednesday! So PSV are doing exceptionally well in Europe and they might just win tonight as well.




    Johan Derksen: That is true, but it only distracts the attention from the real problems they are facing. And they have huge problems. Just look at the formation they are playing tonight! Why does Malen start on the bench when Rosaria is injured? Malen would be the obvious choice to replace Rosario. Instead they have Wouter Eleveld play! Now who is Wouter Eleveld??



    The real reason is that Malen wants to leave the club because his agent is telling him it's time to move on and so he has developed an attitude. And that affects the other players. It always does.





    Their star player for one dislikes Malen and he might actually leave the club if Malen stays. And if there is one player which PSV cannot afford to lose it's Romero!





    The other reason why Romero is unhappy is Alexis Sánchez. And let's face it, Sánchez will turn 35 in December. So why on earth did PSV sign a 35-year-old forward and have him play as lone striker when they already have a goal-machine like Romero??






    Wilfred Genee: Well, at least their other 34-year-olds are making a valuable contribution so age does not necessarily mean that much...








    Johan Derksen: Alba and Mkhitaryan are also only passers-by. They may not even last the whole season. They may get injured or they may leave on a manager free release clause if they get a decent offer. And that is bound to happen, of course.




    Wilfred Genee: So can we say that are Feyenoord the favourites then, tonight? I mean, they have some problems as well. Tahith Chong is injured so Feyenoord have Hansson start as left winger and because St.Juste is not really reliable they have a 16-year-old play alongside Kongolo.






    René van der Gijp: That's foolishness, of course! A 16-year-old defender should play for a lower league team for two years or so before they have him play in important matches like this!



    Jan Boskamp: I'd rather have him play for us. You'll see, he will become a work class player! And in January we have De Vrij so Wessels won't have to play all the time. So why would he have to go to another club?




    Wilfred Genee: So we're expecting a two-horse race this season then and it's Feyenoord again or Ajax will recapture the title...




    Johan Derksen: Perhaps not, if Ziyech doesn't stay. And I have information that he might already be leaving again! He has already got a really good offer from a big club which he will not turn down! And let's face it, it's all about money nowadays!

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    Ziyech leaving would be huge

    Lot of stick there for PSV

    Bit harsh IMO - anything can happen in footie - yes - you are favourites - but they have a very good "punchers chance"

    1-1 draw for me

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    A brilliant win over PSV

    Last night we defeated PSV in a match that could have gone either way, but at the end of the day it was our rock-solid defence which won us the match!



    PSV did not come to De Kuip merely to defend and the first scoring chance was for our opponents. With just five minutes on the clock Mkhitaryan was onside and through on goal and he drove in low but Bijlow pushed the ball away with a double-handed block!

    It took a while before we got our first shot on goal but when we did it was a winner! Summerville, who is keeping Idrissi on the bank again, had a go from a free-kick from quite some way out and to his own surprise and the delight of the crowd he scored a strike to remember! It was his first goal of the season, but he could hardly have picked a better moment!

    We almost scored again when Hansson delivered the ball to the near post and Bannis timed his jump well. Our striker powered a header at goal, but unfortunately it went just over the bar. And when Zirkzee tried a scissor-kick volley Van Osch got a good hand to the ball to turn it behind.

    PSV also created chances as well and it was Romero who attempted a header but he was surrounded by our defenders and his effort was off target. And just before half-time, after a superb cross by Mkhmitaryan it was Alexis Sánchez who put a diving header just wide.

    The final chance was for Wijnaldum who hit the ball on the volley, but Van Osch managed to turn it behind and so Wijnaldum was denied a great goal.

    In the second half PSV tried to get a quick equaliser and Romero hit a beautiful half-volley, but Bijlow did well to get his fingertips to the ball. We were under pressure now and again it was Romero who almost scored when he hit a vicious shot from just inside the box, but Bijlow showed safe hands again!

    With 65 minutes on the clock we countered and Wijnaldum chipped the ball left towards Malacia who let the ball drop before hitting a spectacular half-volley! However, the ball hit the bar and went over!

    Then, finally, PSV brought on Malen for Eleveld but when Abels took the free-kick Wehrmann timed his jump well and he flicked the ball out right to Wijnaldum. Our captain sent it into the area in front of Zirkzee who connected with a diving header to score an excellent goal! We were 2-0 up with less than half an hour remaining!

    However, the game wasn't over yet. Five minutes later Gutiérrez looked for Romero in the penalty area and when Romero found himself in some space he scored with a low drive! PSV had finally got the goal they deserved. Romero was fired up and punched the air; PSV had a lifeline!

    We immediately made a double substitution and we brought on Burger for Wehrmann and Idrissi for Hansson and although Idrissi got booked almost immediately that double substitution eventually did the trick.

    The next chance was for Alexis Sánchez, though. The veteran striker beat Kongolo with a nice bit of skill, but he dragged his shot just wide of the post. And just after Bannis had been shown a yellow card for pulling back Gutiérrez it was Dumfries who broke free in the penalty area and he drove the bar low towards the goal - but it hit the side-netting!

    So we were under a lot of pressure again when Wijnaldum sent a fantastic through ball for Idrissi who skimmed past Dumfries and as the PSV defence just backed off our impact sub hit a fierce shot and scored the clinching goal with a fine strike!!

    We brought on El Hankouri for Bannis, partly to kill time, but PSV were beaten now. Romero had one final opportunity and he hit a vicious shot from close range but Bijlow did well to save and hold onto the ball.

    Summary
    Bijlow, Malacia and Wijnaldum (with his two assists) were our best players again. Our defence was water-tight and in a game which could have gone either way it was our defence which made the difference last night. Wessels was outstanding again but Wijnaldum was named Man of the Match.
    Spoiler!




    And, as was to be expected, Ajax defeated FC Emmen (2-0) so that the gap remains six points while we still have the two games in hand.





    We shall have to play the first of our two games in hand without Naoufal Bannis and without Oussama Idrissi, while Chong and Haps are also still unavailable.






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    Harsh scoreline on PSV

    As we've all said on so many occasions - your defence save you yet again

    The youngsters did great though

    Why is Bijow unahppy?

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    My daily fix ! The day doesn't start until I've read the latest update
    Bye bye PSV
    Sounds like an action packed game
    Costly suspensions, especially with Chong also out

    What is Bijlow unhappy about again ? Seems to be a regular happening
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Harsh scoreline on PSV

    As we've all said on so many occasions - your defence save you yet again

    The youngsters did great though

    Why is Bijlow unhappy?
    Bijlow is fine. He only wants more squad depth.

    Our defence, yes. And PSV's defence were mediocre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    My daily fix ! The day doesn't start until I've read the latest update
    Bye bye PSV
    Sounds like an action packed game
    Costly suspensions, especially with Chong also out

    What is Bijlow unhappy about again ? Seems to be a regular happening
    Glad to oblige

    Bijlow is not the only one who feels we lack squad depth. And the current suspensions and injuries prove him right. And we have to play Ajax at the Arena after our midweek game in hand!

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    Great win, this looks like a 2 horse race. The games against Ajax will be huge

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    A routine win over PEC Zwolle

    After all the excitement of defeating first FC Barcelona and then PSV we had to play our game in hand against PEC Zwolle at the IJsseldelta Stadium in front of a crowd of just 12,483.

    Now Bannis and Idrissi are both suspended and Chong and Haps are still injured and in addition we decided to rest Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordy Wehrmann and Tijme Wessels. So we played with quite a few subs, but we played well and we won the match!



    We started with Emil Hansson, Wouter Burger, Achraf el Bouchatoui and Mo el Hankouri and although they are not used to playing together like our regular starting XI and they don't have the experience that Wijnaldum brings to the team we still played well enough. And when we scored it was a good goal. Summerville got to the byline and he aimed for the near post from the right, Janmaat hit in low, Hussein parried the ball away and Wouter Burger was first to the rebound and scored from close range!

    In the second half we brought on Calvin Verdonk for St.Juste and Jordan Zirkzee (18) for El Hankouri and we played slightly better than in the first half but we were not exactly lethal when we had scoring opportunities. And because Justin Bijlow showed safe hands at several shots on goal by Zian Flemming the scoreline remained 1-0.

    Summary
    A routine win for our lads. Bijlow and Burger were our best players and we won the game without picking up any yellow cards while we could rest several of our key players for the match against Ajax.
    Spoiler!

    PSV dropped two points at home against FC Utrecht. They were 2-0 up within twenty minutes but allowed their opponents to get back into the game and they could easily have lost again. It's definitely a two-horse race now!







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    You and Ajax are too good for this league

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    Banana skin out the way
    PSV drop more points and look nailed in for 3rd
    Big game next, but strangely not one you must win as there is still the return fixture at your place
    Get anything from it and you are in pole position
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    Quote Originally Posted by James_y View Post
    You and Ajax are too good for this league
    That's probably true, actually. But the same goes for PSV, although they dropped too many points recently. They'll be back, though.

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    Long way back for PSV this season though the way you top 2 are going

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