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Mar 7, 2021 at 1.30pm UK at Fortuna Sittard Stadion
SittardFortuna Sittard
1-3
PSVPSV Eindhoven
Cox (69')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Zahavi (10', 27'), Madueke (87')
Viergever (35'), Sangare (43')

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

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

PSV Eindhoven head into Sunday's meeting with Fortuna Sittard looking to stay within touching distance of Eredivisie leaders Ajax.

While the visitors have put together a four-match unbeaten streak, Sittard sit in ninth position having lost two games over the same period.


Match preview

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

While Roger Schmidt has endured an indifferent start to life at PSV, the German could not have envisaged the level of disappointment felt during last week's fixtures.

Three days after being denied a place in the Europa League last 16 courtesy of conceding an 88th-minute goal, Schmidt watched his side allow Ajax to score a last-gasp penalty in their pivotal league game.

The 1-1 draw was made all the more frustrating with VAR stopping PSV from taking a 2-0 advantage, and they are now left to focus on trying to win each of their 10 remaining matches.

Realistically, that is what will be required to overcome an Ajax side who hold a six-point lead having played a game fewer, but PSV also need to take notice of the chasing pack.

At a time when AZ Alkmaar now sit just two points adrift of second spot, PSV have gone six matches in all competitions without keeping a clean sheet.

Sittard have claimed four wins from their last six matches in the Dutch top flight, one of just four clubs to put together such a return over the same period.

Nevertheless, the 1-0 reverse at Groningen last weekend has kept the club struggling to remain in the top 10, the minimum expectation given their recent run of form.

After last season's 16th-placed finish, there will be those associated with Fortunezen that are simply satisfied with avoiding a battle to avoid relegation.

However, Sjors Ultee will want to keep his team trending in the right direction ahead of mounting a bid for the European places during the next campaign.

Fortuna Sittard Eredivisie form:
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PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie form:
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PSV Eindhoven form (all competitions):
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Team News

PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mohamed Ihattaren celebrates in December 2019© Reuters

Schmidt is expected to hand an immediate recall to Ibrahim Sangare after he missed the last two matches through suspension.

Mohamed Ihattaren is unlikely to be considered for a place in the starting XI after reports of poor behaviour behind the scenes.

The likes of Noni Madueke and Mauro Junior are out of contention due to injury.

Sittard are hopeful that goalkeeper Piet Velthuizen will be able to feature despite sustaining a hamstring problem last weekend.

Lazaros Rota could be handed an opportunity ahead of Mickael Tirpan at right-back.

Fortuna Sittard possible starting lineup:
Velthuizen; Rota, Angha, Janssen, Cox; Rienstra, Tekie; Semedo, Flemming, Seuntjens; Polter

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


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We say: Fortuna Sittard 1-3 PSV Eindhoven

After the disappointment of last weekend, PSV have little choice but to go on the front foot on Sunday. Nevertheless, that approach could benefit this side, and we are backing the visitors to claim a relatively comfortable victory against inconsistent opponents.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ajax28233286206672
2PSV EindhovenPSV29187464303461
3AZ AlkmaarAZ29187466382861
4Vitesse29175746281856
5Feyenoord29159558292954
6Groningen2913793533246
7FC UtrechtUtrecht28111074536943
8Heracles29116123543-839
9FC Twente29910104240237
10Heerenveen29910103940-137
11Sparta RotterdamSparta2997134046-634
12Fortuna SittardSittard29104154052-1234
13PEC Zwolle29711113846-832
14RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk2968152744-1726
15Willem II2957173161-3022
16VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo2964193975-3622
17EmmenEmmen2949163058-2821
18ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag29210172264-4216

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