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Apr 24, 2021 at 5.45pm UK at Philips Stadium
PSVPSV Eindhoven
1-0
GroningenGroningen
Zahavi (64' pen.)
Dumfries (72')
FT(HT: 0-0)

te Wierik (59'), Dammers (62'), Da Cruz (76')

Preview: PSV Eindhoven vs. Groningen - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Eredivisie clash between PSV Eindhoven and Groningen, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Second-placed PSV Eindhoven welcome Groningen to the Philips Stadion on Saturday in search of a third consecutive victory.

The visitors, on the other hand, have the opportunity to record back-to-back away triumphs for the first time this season.


Match preview

PSV Eindhoven coach Roger Schmidt in the Europa League on February 18, 2021© Reuters

PSV eased past VVV-Venlo in a 2-0 win on Sunday to move back into second place on the log after AZ Alkmaar had temporarily leapfrogged them a day before.

Cody Gakpo and Donyell Malen were the goalscorers as Roger Schmidt's men claimed a joint league-high 11th home victory of the campaign.

While the Rood-witten's pursuit of Ajax looks to be over, a return to the Champions League for the first time in two years would be a significant achievement.

Next up for the 24-time Dutch champions is a clash against a side that they will be seeking to complete a league double over following a 3-1 victory when the sides last met in September.

Saturday's hosts are unbeaten in their last six matches against the visitors on home turf with the last defeat coming back in 2014.

Groningen were defeated for the first time in eight home games on Sunday when Heerenveen came out on top by two goals to nil.

The encounter was level at half time, but second-half goals from Henk Veerman and Tibor Halilovic in a 15-minute spell settled the contest.

Danny Buijs's men are sixth in the Eredivisie table, and they are on course to better last season's ninth-place finish.

However, The Green-White Army still have work to do in that regard as the ongoing season enters into its final knockings.

PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie form:
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W

Groningen Eredivisie form:
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L



Team News

PSV Eindhoven's Donyell Malen pictured in December 2020© Reuters

After a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a groin injury, Arjen Robben made his long-awaited return to action last time out.

In the same game, Ramon-Pascal Lundqvist also featured for the first time since March as he come on as a second-half substitute alongside his Dutch teammate.

Mauro Junior is ruled out through a knee injury, but the Brazilian is not far off a comeback after missing the last six weeks of action.

Richard Ledezma and Maximiliano Romero have both had their seasons ended prematurely, picking up ACL and knee injuries respectively.

Nineteen-year-old Mees Kreekels is expected to sit the game out with a knee injury, ruling out any chances of his debut for the first team.

PSV Eindhoven possible starting lineup:
Mvogo; Max, Viergever, Teze, Dumfries; Rosario, Boscagli, Gotze; Gakpo, Malen, Zahavi

Groningen possible starting lineup:
Padt; Van Hintum, Itakura, Te Wierik, Dankerlui; Schreck, Van Kaam; Suslov, El Hankouri, Da Cruz; Strand Larsen


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We say: PSV Eindhoven 2-0 Groningen

PSV's impeccable record on home turf so far makes them the favourites for this one, and we expect them to live up to expectations by claiming all three points.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ajax76103012919
2Willem II7511107316
3Feyenoord65011971215
4PSV EindhovenPSV75021710715
5FC UtrechtUtrecht74211751214
6FC Twente6312107310
7Heerenveen631289-110
8Vitesse7313614-810
9Cambuur63031118-79
10NEC7223714-78
11Go Ahead Eagles6204610-46
12Sparta RotterdamSparta6132610-46
13RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk6123911-25
14Groningen7124613-75
15Fortuna SittardSittard6123613-75
16Heracles511358-34
17AZ AlkmaarAZ5104611-53
18PEC Zwolle7016213-111

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