Twente didn’t have problems getting back into the Eredivisie, ending the league with eleven points more than second-placed Sparta Rotterdam.
They were some ups and downs, but more than tolerable knowing that they had 38 rounds of the regular part of the season and a lot of time to show their quality.
This is now a completely new start for Twente, as the team can’t lose much in the opening game but are surely very focused on staying away from the relegation battle and keeping their Eredivisie status for many years to come.
They looked fine for the standards of the team that could be fighting to avoid the relegation in the preparation period having draw matches against Al Wahda, Leuven and Schalke. As the last test, they had a friendly against KOnyaspor last weekend and pulled out a narrow 1:0 win.
They didn’t invest much in the team, signing on a free transfer: striker Berggreen from Mainz, central backs Pleguezuelo from Arsenal U23, right back Verhaegh from Wolfsburg and midfielder Selahi from Standard plus a few more on a loan. The season probably starts to some for the home side’s defensive midfielder Wout Brama who remains injured and out.
PSV can’t be more disappointed with how the season has started for them, as the side got already excluded from the Champions League, losing out on away goal rule against Swiss Basel.
They have won only narrowly 3:2 at home, not being able to preserve the lead in the second game. Last Tuesday night, they suffered a 2:1 loss, despite the fact that the Dutch team has created much more.
Efficiency is something that they definitely need to work on. The team continues in the Europa League third qualifying round, with a trip to Norway where they meet Haugesund next Thursday.
In between of two Champions League matches, the side lost Super Cup’s finals against Ajax, using a rotated squad with a 2:0 result. They were limited to a very passive performance in not that interesting match overall, as Ajax used their better schedule in a proper way.
The guests most likely miss forward Lammers, not important goalkeepers Unnerstall and Van Osch for this one. Despite a busy schedule, rotation isn’t that likely. Seeling Luuk de Jong, their top striker from last season to Sevilla, will probably be felt for some more time. Promising attacker Donyell Mallen is expected to lead the team here in a version of a 4-2-3-1 formation.
PSV is a strong favorite in this one, but their defensive lineup isn’t very firm early in the season. With Twente surely having great atmosphere after getting back into the league, I definitely see the home team being also as threatening as possible.
Tvmoca propose : Over 2.5 & BTTS