PSV host De Graafschap from Doetinchem in the Philips Stadion on Sunday afternoon. Both clubs still have everything to play for: PSV look to stay in the title race while the visitors are keen to avoid the dreaded drop. Some facts & figures ahead of Sunday’s Eredivisie clash.
Unchanged starting line-up
Predicted PSV line-up: “Never change a winning team”. PSV head coach Mark van Bommel has kept faith with the same players seventeen times so far this season. The PSV team from the 1977/78 season, which beat SEC Bastia from France 3-0 on home soil to win the UEFA Cup, following a goalless draw in the first leg in Bastia final, was unchanged for eighteen matches.
In-form Luuk de Jong
Luuk de Jong has scored 25 league goals so far this season. He set a new record in the 2015/16 season, when he found the back of the net 26 times for PSV. PSV’s captain got his name on the score sheet for the last three games in a row, netting four goals. De Jong last scored at least one goal in four successive games in September-October 2018.
Jeroen Zoet looks to keep his sixteenth clean sheet of the season on Sunday. Andreas Isaksson from Sweden accomplished that feat in the 2009/10 season.
Hirving Lozano has scored seventeen league goals so far this season
Hirving Lozano has put in impressive displays this season, scoring seventeen goals so far this season, just as many as last season. Two foreign players scored more goals than the Mexican: the Belgian Dries Mertens and the Swede Ola Toivonen who scored 21 and 20 goals, respectively, in the 2011/12 season.
Most valuable player
Luuk de Jong is PSV’s most valuable player this season. He has been involved in 30 league goals, more than any other Eredivisie player. De Graafschap’s Youssef El Jebli is the man to watch on Sunday, after he scored eight goals and had seven assists.
De Graafschap players have committed 385 fouls so far this season, more than any other Eredivisie club. PSV players have made 290 fouls.
Score at least one goal
PSV fans have every reason to go crazy this season as their favourite team scored at least one goal in all of their 29 matches, an unparalleled feat.