Who will follow in the footsteps of Nilis, Dillen and Koevermans?

Who will follow in the footsteps of Nilis, Dillen and Koevermans?

PSV return to Eredivisie action on Sunday with a trip to VVV-Venlo. Kick-off is at 12.15.

A new decade about to begin
Ernest Faber will field a strong team and each player would be happy to follow in the footsteps of Danny Koevermans (2010), Luc Nilis (2000), Addick Koot (1990), Michel Valke (1980), Wietze Veenstra (1970) and Coen Dillen (1960), who share the honour of having scored the first goal for PSV in a new decade.

Two wins in a row?
PSV finished the turbulent first half of the season with a 4-1 victory at home to PEC Zwolle. So a win at VVV-Venlo would mean PSV have won two games in a row for the first time since 6 October.

Lars Unnerstall
Peter van Ooijen, who rose through the ranks of the PSV Academy, is VVV-Venlo’s leading scorer, with five strikes and the German goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall, who spent three seasons with VVV-Venlo (2017-2019), will be PSV’s man between the sticks.

Winter break
One year ago, PSV dropped points in the first match after the winter break for the first time in five years. PSV had claimed four wins before they were held to a 2-2 draw at FC Emmen. They last suffered defeat at the start of the second half of the season in 2014, with a 1-0 loss at Ajax.

An eight-game winning streak
PSV have won eight consecutive Eredivisie matches against VVV-Venlo. They enjoyed a nine-match winning streak from 1987 to 2007. VVV-Venlo last registered a win over PSV on September 1976 when Mikan Jovanovic and Stefan Kurcinac scored a goal in Venlo to make sure of a 2-0 win