FC Utrecht vs PSV Eindhoven:
Dutch Eredivisie 2016/17,
Date: Saturday, 6 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 18:45 UK
Venue: Stadion Galgenwaard (Utrecht).
The Dutch Champions PSV Eindhoven will kick-off the new Eredivisie season on Saturday night as they travel to Stadion Gagenwaard to play against FC Utrecht in a bid to defend their title.
The home side Utrecht had a good campaign last season, they finished in the 5th position which qualified them for UEFA play-off. Utrecht defeated PEC Zwolle 5-2 on aggregate but were kicked out by Heracles.
FC Utrecht have had a fluctuating form in their pre season campaign, they won 2 games, drew 2 and lost 2 games. Utrecht will look for a repeat or an improve of their last term home record in this season’s Eredivisie, they lost only 4 of their 17 home games last campaign.
Meanwhile PSV Eindhoven claimed last season title on the final game day with a 3-1 victory over PEC Zwolle as the contenders Ajax ended on 1-1 draw. They have also claimed the Dutch Super Cup with a 1-0 win against Feyenoord, giving them their first trophy in the new season. They hope to start their season with a win as they defend their title.
FC Utrecht: Team News
Robbin Ruiter and Jeff Hardeveld are back in training, and there are no other injury concern for the home team.
Utrecht have managed to keep their key players in the transfer window, they have brought in Danish goalkeeper David Jensen from Nordsjaelland.
PSV Eindhoven: Team News
Luuk Koopmans And Hector Moreno are both injury concerns for the visitors, they will miss the game.
PSV have managed to retain their key players in this transfer window, except for the departure of Jeffrey Bruma to Wolfsburg, other key players are still with them. They have also acquired Daniel Schwaab from VFB Stuttgart and Hidde Jurjus from De Grasfschap.
FC Utrecht vs PSV Eindhoven: Head to Head stats
PSV has had a good dominance over Utrecht, they have won 27 of their 48 games against Utrecht, they have lost just 3 games to Utrecht and drawn 8.
PSV have won 8 of their last 9 games against Utrecht and have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 9 games against Utrecht. PSV have won their last 3 visits to Stadion Galgenwaard, and they have scored at least 2 goals in the 3 matches.
FC Utrecht vs PSV Eindhoven: Prediction
PSV are the favourites in this game considering their good head to head record against the home teams, they also have done themselves good in the pre-season friendlies. PSV were victorious in 5 of their 8 pre-season friendlies. With important wins over FC Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Saint-Etienne.
Note: PSV are undefeated in their last 13 away games on the Eredivisie.
Utrecht vs PSV :Tips
- PSV win.
- Over 3.5 goals