PSV pay a visit to Emmen to face the newly promoted team in an Eredivisie encounter for the first time in history. Mark van Bommel and his men look to maintain top spot in the league table by recording a win over FC Emmen. Goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet and his defenders would like to keep a clean sheet.
It is not a mission impossible, as FC Emmen scored one goal in four matches against PSV (one league game and three KNVB Cup ties). PSV won all four games, with a goal difference of 21-1. Geert Hoiting netted the only goal for FC Emmen in the 7-1 Cup defeat against PSV in the 1982/83 season.
PSV have amassed 48 points from seventeen games this season so far. They have gained more points after eighteen games in only three previous seasons: 49 in the 2006/07 season, 52 in the 1987/88 season and 49 in the 1985/86 campaign. PSV clinched the Eredivisie title at the end of those three seasons. A win over FC Emmen would mean PSV have collected 51 points, one less than Guus Hiddink’s victorious team in the 1987/88 season. The Eredivisie team that had earned 49 points from 19 games have invariably clinched the Eredivisie title at the end of the season. PSV, though, failed to win the title in the 2009/10 season, although they had earned 48 points after 18 matches.
De Jong looks to make it one hundred
Luuk de Jong must score two more goals to take his goalscoring tally to triple figures in all competitions. PSV’s captain has netted 80 Eredivisie goals, eleven in Europe, five in the KNVB Beker competition and two in the Dutch Super Cup. But January is probably not De Jong’s favourite month, as he has scored three goals in a PSV shirt in the first month of the year.