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May 2, 2021 at 3.45pm UK at Philips Stadium
PSVPSV Eindhoven
Vertessen (57'), Gakpo (58')
Viergever (38'), Gakpo (87')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Halilovic (34'), de Jong (59')
Kongolo (22'), Smit (90+4'), Floranus (90+6')

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

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

PSV Eindhoven prepare to host Heerenveen at the Philips Stadion on Sunday as they go in search of a fourth consecutive league win.

Meanwhile, Heerenveen are one of four teams that are currently tied on 37 points, and they are still vying for a top-half finish.

Match preview

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

PSV Eindhoven picked up a joint league-high 12th home win of the campaign on Saturday by defeating Groningen 1-0.

Eran Zahavi's second-half penalty was enough to send Roger Schmidt's men three points clear of AZ Alkmaar in second.

The Rood-witten have turned a corner in recent weeks, but perhaps it is too little too late in respect to their title charge as Ajax will be crowned champions should they avoid defeat against Emmen.

Recent meetings between Saturday's opponents have often ended in favour of the hosts, who are unbeaten in their last nine games on home turf against the visitors.

However, December's reverse fixture at the Abe Lenstra Stadion ended in a 2-2 draw courtesy of Joel Piroe's last-gasp equaliser.

Heerenveen were defeated at home for the second game running as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against PEC Zwolle on Saturday.

Pelle Clement and Bram van Polen were on target as Johnny Jansen's men suffered their 11th league defeat of the season.

De Superfriezen missed out on the opportunity to move into 9th place, but they are only separated from the top half on goal difference.

Their next two games are against teams in the current top six, highlighting the task at hand for Saturday's visitors if they are to better last season's 10th-placed finish.

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

Heerenveen Eredivisie form:
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • L

Team News

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

Pawel Bochniewicz remains on the sidelines after he was subbed off in the first half against Ajax earlier in the month due to a calf problem.

Joey Veerman and Hank Veerman recently tested positive for COVID-19, and they are both unavailable for the game as they remain in isolation.

Mauro Junior is ruled out through a knee injury, but the Brazilian is not far off a comeback after missing the last seven 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

Heerenveen possible starting lineup:
Mulder; Kaib, Van Hecke, Dresevic, Floranus; Kongolo, Schone, De Jong; Nygren, Van Bergen, Halilovic

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We say: PSV Eindhoven 2-0 Heerenveen

With PSV's title charge set to be mathematically over this weekend, finishing as runners-up is still on the horizon for this weekend's hosts. We are backing them to further tighten their hold on second place with all three points in this one.

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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