Eredivisie round-up, Matchday 22: Wins for the top four; Relegation battle heats up

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Sory Kaba currently has the 7th-highest xG (4.9) of any player in the #sldk so far this season, despite scoring just 2 goals for @fcmidtjylland. ๐Ÿ“Š

He has underperformed his xG (scored less than expected) more than any other player. ๐Ÿ“‰

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Cardiff City are looking to bring in Guinea international Sory Kaba on loan from Danish club Midtjylland โšฝ๏ธ

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๐Ÿ”ฅ 23-year-old #FCCincy forward Brenner’s 2022 stats (& rank among other #MLS players):

๐Ÿ”ธ 18 goals (98th percentile)
๐Ÿ”ธ 12.2 xG (97th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 35 shots on target (97th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 22.8% conversion rate (94th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 133 touches in opp. box (98th)

He’s highly sought after by #NFFC. โšก๏ธ

Tom Bogert @tombogert

Sources: Nottingham Forest have made a bid to sign FC Cincinnati forward Brenner. Offer was a loan with purchase obligation. Cincy countered. Two days left in transfer window.

Brenner sat out of training today as he hopes to make the move.

Forest are 13th in the Premier League.

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Both Ajax and PSV faced difficult opponents this weekend, in FC Twente and Vitesse respectively.

Earlier this season, FC Twente were one of only four teams to have scored a goal against Ajax. As in most of their games this season, Ajax dominated the game from the start. Against the run of play, it was Twente that enjoyed the first chance of the game: van Wolfswinkel hitting the crossbar and straightening Ajax’s focus.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 13 (Photo by Michael Bulder/NESImages/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Klassen and Ajax responded in kind, opening the scoring on the half-hour mark from a corner. Before the half-time interval, Unnerstall in the Twente goal had made good stops from Tadic and Klassen again to stop the deficit getting worse. Eventually, after half-time, the pressure gave way to a flurry of Ajax goals. Haller was quickest to pounce on a rebound, which broke Twente’s defensive resolve. In the remainder of the game, Tadic missed a penalty, Propper scored an own goal and Haller scored two more to complete a hat-trick: rounding the game off at 5-0.

PSV’s trip to Arnhem has previously been a difficult game. Vitesse have conceded 11 goals in their last three games – each of which ended in defeat. In the KNVB Beker, the home side lost 5-0 to Ajax on Wednesday, and PSV would turn out to be of equal strength.

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 12: Armindo Tue NaBangna Bruma of PSV Eindhoven and Ritsu Doan of PSV Eindhoven Celebrates after scoring his teams 0:5 goal during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Vitesse and PSV Eindhoven at Gelredome on February 12, 2022 in Arnhem, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Bulder/NESImages/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

After a solo run but Madueke, Zahavi was on call to easily make it 1-0. Mauro Junior quickly doubled the score for PSV, and it looked to be a long day ahead for Vitesse. Madueke’s individual brilliance again was crucial in assisting Gakpo to make it 3-0 after 30 minutes.

Carlos Vinicius and Ritsu Doan both added goals in the second half to finish the game at 5-0.

Feyenoord and AZ also get wins

Feyenoord, who trail PSV by just one point, had a difficult afternoon in Waalwijk. The first half was limited to half-chances until RKC goalkeeper Vaessen misjudged a long ball, giving Kokcu an easy chance to make it 1-0 just before half-time. In the second half, Odgaard had a critical chance to equalise for Waalwijk, but Bijlow made a crucial save for Feyenoord. The away side waited until the 89th minute to double their lead – Hendrix finishing a tidy counter-attacking move to seal the three points for Feyenoord.

(Photo by ANP via Getty Images)

AZ Alkmaar had a slow start in Deventer and Go Ahead Eagles took the lead when Brouwers scored. They didn’t have long to celebrating their lead; AZ had scored three goals in the following 15 minutes. They added a fourth in second half to cap a strong win. AZ have now won 13 of their 14 games and are rapidly gaining on Feyenoord and PSV.

Willem II drop nearer the bottom threeย 

Sparta Rotterdam found themselves at the bottom of the league for the first time this season after PEC Zwolle won a spectacular game against Cambuur on Saturday in a 4-3 thriller. As Fortuna Sittard also grabbed a surprising 1-0 win in Groningen, Sparta had to bounce back.

Willem II were the ideal opponent to allow this, having been the last team that Sparta had defeated, winning 3-0 back in November. In a sloppy game, Willem II showed little intention of anything beyond defending, while Sparta took the impetus in the game. Namli’s second-half goal proved to be the winner, moving Sparta off the bottom of the table.

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๐Ÿ“บ All eyes on Venezuela
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช #LeonesDelCaracas book final spot
๐ŸŒŽ All 8 teams analyzed
๐Ÿ‘€ Most exciting players to watch
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Can #TigresdelLicey make history?

๐Ÿ“ @jesusalfredoSP

#SerieDelCaribe2023
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/serie-del-caribe-preview-leones-del-caracas-book-final-spot/

Sory Kaba currently has the 7th-highest xG (4.9) of any player in the #sldk so far this season, despite scoring just 2 goals for @fcmidtjylland. ๐Ÿ“Š

He has underperformed his xG (scored less than expected) more than any other player. ๐Ÿ“‰

#CCFC | #Midtjylland

BBC Sport Wales @BBCSportWales

Cardiff City are looking to bring in Guinea international Sory Kaba on loan from Danish club Midtjylland โšฝ๏ธ

Read more ๐Ÿ‘‡ #BBCFootball

๐Ÿ”ฅ 23-year-old #FCCincy forward Brenner’s 2022 stats (& rank among other #MLS players):

๐Ÿ”ธ 18 goals (98th percentile)
๐Ÿ”ธ 12.2 xG (97th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 35 shots on target (97th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 22.8% conversion rate (94th)
๐Ÿ”ธ 133 touches in opp. box (98th)

He’s highly sought after by #NFFC. โšก๏ธ

Tom Bogert @tombogert

Sources: Nottingham Forest have made a bid to sign FC Cincinnati forward Brenner. Offer was a loan with purchase obligation. Cincy countered. Two days left in transfer window.

Brenner sat out of training today as he hopes to make the move.

Forest are 13th in the Premier League.

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