As N.E.C. visits Philips Stadion on Saturday afternoon, PSV has their Europa League hopes in their own hands. Entering the final two weeks of the Dwight Lodeweges-era in Eindhoven the defending champions have rolled off five consecutive victories, including the 6-2 destruction of Ajax and overtaken Heerenveen for fourth in the table.
Without question the final two weeks are considerably lighter in mood as the club has scheduled complete days off for Wednesday and Thursday, only to return to a pre-match training session on Friday. Regarding absences Balázs Dzsudzsák due to suspension with further injury questions of Jérémie Bréchet and Stef Nijland. The match will also mark Jason Čulina's farewell to the Eindhoven faithful as after four years of service he will be joining Gold Coast United of the A-League.
In this final home date, many supporters will be looking forward to next season and a chance to win back the title under Fred Rutten's leadership. However of special note in his final match in-charge of PSV at home, Mr. Lodeweges is deserving of the utmost accolades as he has done a remarkable job leading PSV to European football.