The Eredivisie returns to action this weekend, with PSV playing host to Sparta Rotterdam in their first home game in 2023.
PSV and Sparta Rotterdam have met 129 times before, with PSV running out winners in 75 matches. PSV recorded a 2-1 victory against Sparta Rotterdam in last season’s corresponding fixture in the Philips Stadion. Ibrahim Sangaré opened the scoring in the closing stages with a thunderbolt (82nd minute) and Ryan Thomas doubled the lead four minutes later.
PSV can stretch their unbeaten run against the visitors from Rotterdam to 21 games on Saturday (17 wins and 3 draws). PSV last suffered defeat on 3 November 2001, when Sparta Rotterdam claimed a 2-1 home victory.
PSV grabbed points
PSV is the only Eredivisie team who did not drop points this season once they had taken the lead.
Unbeaten after winter break
The PSV fans have something to look forward to, judging from statistics. Their favorite team has been unbeaten in the previous eight first encounters after the winter break, winning five matches and settling for three draws.
Luuk de Jong goal scoring machine
Luuk de Jong has scored 97 Eredivisie goals for PSV so far. He needs to net one more goal to move to the sixth place of all-time PSV scorers. If he finds the back of the net against Sparta Rotterdam, Luuk de Jong will have equalled the record of 98 goals, set by PSV legend Romário. De Jong, though, who has gained a solid reputation as a striker who delivers firm headers, has scored only one Eredivisie goal against Sparta Rotterdam, less than against any other Eredivisie opposition.
Back on familiar grounds
PSV Academy player Shurandy Sambo will be back on familiar grounds on Saturday: the talented right-wing back spends the 2022/23 season on loan with Sparta Rotterdam.