The big story in the Eredivisie has been the resurgence of PSV Eindhoven who had by their standards a disappointing campaign last season. 12 months ago Eindhoven were sitting in 9th place having lost six times in 17 league games. 2013/2014 was difficult all round for PSV, as Philip Cocu had to take time-off to remove a tumor on his back. Fortunately, it was benign but the former Dutch international missed the last few months of the campaign as a result. This season they’ve been quite the force wrapping up the first half of this Eredivisie season with a 5-0 thumping of Go Ahead Eagles.
Memphis Depay has been in scintillating form scoring 10 league goals and providing three assists though it has to be said that everyone at the club is stepping up. Luuk de Jong has 10 league goals to his name with Jetro Willems and Luciano Narsingh providing the service with seven and six assists respectively. They’ve had seven clean sheets to their name and crucially won at the Amsterdam Arena 3-1 against title rivals Ajax.
Ajax searching for their fifth successive Eredivisie title suffered a sticky start losing two of their first four games. Since the 13th of September though they have not lost a match, notching up 10 wins and three draws. Davy Klaassen has been a leading light for them this season setting up eight goals and scoring five. Ajax will need him to be on form as well as Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik who is on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.
Europe’s top clubs are looking at Klaassen and teammate Joël Veltman who has been impressing for the Amsterdam club, the big question is how long can they hold on to coach Frank de Boer? He has been instrumental in securing silverware for Ajax and has been linked with higher profile jobs. If he were to leave mid-season that would be a huge blow to Ajax and could scupper their bid to win five titles in a row.
With Feyenoord sitting a distant third and last season’s Dutch Cup winners PEC Zwolle even further adrift the Eredivisie looks like it’s going to be a straight fight between PSV and Ajax.
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