PSV return to league action with a trip to Heracles Almelo on Saturday night, following the mid-week clash at Internazionale. PSV snatched a late 1-2 win in the Polman Stadium in Almelo in last season’s corresponding fixture. Gracenote, the world leader in Sport data services, presents eight facts & figures ahead of Saturday night’s game.
Top three teams dominate the Eredivisie
Since the introduction of the Eredivisie 63 years ago, PSV, Ajax and Feyenoord have never before collected more points than in the current season. PSV (42), Ajax (40) and Feyenoord (35) have earned 117 points from 15 games, six more than in the 1969/70 season.
PSV always find the net in Almelo
Heracles have never kept a clean sheet at home to PSV. They conceded at least one goal in their last 18 home games.
In spite of slipping to a first defeat of the season at Feyenoord, PSV only had more points after fifteen match days (45) in the 1987/88 season. They had 48 points from 16 games in the 1987/88 season and 43 points from 16 games in the 1985/96 and 2006/07 season.
PSV scored 91 Eredivisie goals in 2018, one goal less than in 2017 (92). PSV last netted more goals (99) in 2012.
Luuk set to join the club of 100
Luuk de Jong has scored 98 goals for PSV in all competitions (80 Eredivisie, 11 in a European competition, 5 KNVB Beker, 2 Johan Cruijff Shield). If the strikes adds two more goals, he will have taken his tally to 100, and will join the club of 100, which also includes prolific strikers such as Willy van der Kuijlen, Romário and Luc Nilis.
De Jong often on target on artificial turf
De Jong scored 20 goals on artificial turf in his career so far, more than any other player in the Dutch top flight who never plays his home matches on this kind of pitch.
Steven Bergwijn has been involved in at least one goal in ten of his last eleven games, scoring six goals and delivering seven assists.
Malen looks to equal Memphis’ feat
Donyell Malen looks to equal a record set by Memphis Depay in his debut season for PSV. Memphis scored six goals in the 2013/14 season while Malen has taken his goalscoring tally for the season to four.