Defending Eredivisie champions PSV travel to Zwolle to face PEC on Saturday and Will Burns provides his selections in a match that he sees the Eindhoven side dominating.
PEC Zwolle vs. PSV
Spirits will be high in the PSV camp after surviving a late scare in Belarus on Tuesday night against BATE Borisov in the Champions League playoff. PSV were leading 2-1 in the majority of the second half before former Arsenal and Barca midfielder Aleksandr Hleb notched an equaliser in the 88th minute. However, young striker Donyell Malen went straight up the other end with a minute left on the clock to clinch the 3-2 victory. This places Marc van Bommel’s side in good stead to progress in Wednesday’s second leg.
My selection is PSV to be winning at half-time and full-time mainly due to fact that Zwolle have been defeated this way in five out of their last seven league games. But also PEC, now under the tutelage of John van’t Schip, have looked horrendous in their opening two games. Defeated 2-0 last week by FC Utrecht also suffered a 3-2 loss on the opening night of the league against ten-men Heerenveen.
In addition, PSV have found the net before half-time in all three games this season. They have also have been victorious in their last seven outings against PEC Zwolle in all competitions so despite whether or not they have one eye on the big European tie vs. BATE on Wednesday, I can’t look past them to walk away from Zwolle with another three points.
PSV Half Time/Full Time
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Midfielder Kenneth Paal (on-loan from PSV) cannot play against his parent club but new signing Ouasim Bouy is in the squad. Bouy comes in from Leeds United and it is third time on-loan to Zwolle.
Van Bommel may rest some players ahead of Wednesday’s tie but more likely he will reduce their playing time. Last week against Fortuna Sittard, he kept the same starting eleven despite a Champions League tie a few days later.
PEC Zwolle have been losing at both half time and full time in five of their last seven matches.
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