The Philips Stadion is the place to be when Eredivisie leaders welcome AZ in the final game in 2018. Van Bommel’s team will go out to try and collect their sixteenth win in the current campaign. Gracenote, the world leader in Sport data services, presents seven facts & figures ahead of Saturday night’s clash.
PSV will be crowned winter champions for the 22nd time in history, if they succeed in beating AZ on Saturday. Nearest rivals Ajax and PSV were top of the table 21 times before when the winter break set in. PSV clinched 15 league titles after they had been winter champions in 21 seasons.
PSV have stretched their unbeaten run at home to 39 matches, which is the longest unbeaten streak this century. PSV last suffered defeat at home on 18 September 2016 when a single goal scored by Feyenoord in the Philips Stadion was enough to separate the two sides.
58 goals were scored in the Philips Stadion in 2018, more than in any other stadium in the Netherlands.
De Jong looks to make it seven
Luuk de Jong has found the back of the net in six successive home games and looks to make it seven when PSV host AZ. Ruud van Nistelrooy got his name on the score sheet for PSV in eight home games in a row between February and August 1999.
Pereiro likes to play AZ
Gastón Pereiro proved to be a prolific scorer against AZ, finding the net in four of his last five encounters. The Uruguayan netted those goals from six efforts on target.
10 in a row
PSV won all of their nine previous Eredivisie games at home to AZ and have been unbeaten eleven times (W9-D2-D0). AZ last enjoyed a victory against PSV in Eindhoven on 3 February, when they recorded a 2-3 win. Jefferson Farfán and Philip Cocu scored the PSV goals, while Moussa Dembélé, Julian Jenner and Danny Koevermans were mobbed by their jubilant AZ team mates after they had netted a goal.
A long series of wins
PSV relish a winning streak of eleven Eredivisie matches against FC Utrecht and ten against Vitesse. They have recorded nine wins in a row against AZ.