Eredivisie: Weekend preview

Frank de Boer: Looking to keep the pressure on Vitesse

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Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Davy Propper knows his side cannot afford to underestimate PSV Eindhoven as they go in search of their fifth straight Eredivisie win at the Philips Stadion.

The surprise league leaders won all three outings in November, including a superb 1-0 victory at defending champions Ajax at the start of the month, and cruised to a 3-0 triumph over struggling Cambuur last Sunday.

In stark contrast, the normally high-flying PSV are limping along in mid-table and have not won in the league since October 6 - a run of six matches - yet Propper knows Vitesse will not be taking the challenge on Saturday evening lightly.

"PSV have not won for a while. They are a difficult team to play and I would not call it a piece of cake," the Holland Under-21 international told gelderlander.nl.

Vitesse can approach the clash with some confidence as they look to at least maintain their two-point lead atop the standings, having come away from Eindhoven last season with a 2-1 win.

Propper added: "I think we can win everywhere, including in Eindhoven. As long as we play football. I do not think we should start as we did against Cambuur because then it would be very difficult."

Second-placed Ajax will be hoping to keep the pressure on Vitesse when they welcome NAC Breda to the Amsterdam ArenA.

Frank de Boer's men have gone on a five-match unbeaten run in all competitions since their 1-0 defeat to their title rivals on November 2 although they will still be looking over their shoulders as just a point behind lie FC Twente, who travel to sixth-placed AZ Alkmaar.

Elsewhere on Saturday, second-bottom RKC Waalwijk will be hoping to move out of the drop zone with victory over Cambuur, while 24 hours earlier rock bottom NEC Nijmegen travel to FC Utrecht.

On Sunday, Heerenveen boss Marco van Basten will be desperate for his side to show some improvement when they welcome Feyenoord after they had to rely on Kenny Otigba's injury-time goal to draw 1-1 with ADO Den Haag on Wednesday.

Van Basten's men, who lie seventh, could have moved up to fourth - and above their next opponents - had they won in midweek.

"The game was not good from our side. We made, especially in the first half, a lot of unnecessary mistakes," Van Basten said on vi.nl.

"We did not dominate the match. Annoying, but it is the reality."

Eredivisie top scorer Alfred Finnbogason returned to the Heerenveen first team following an injury although he could not inspire the team.

Van Basten is unconcerned, however, saying of the Iceland forward: "He can make the difference for us and has done that in the past, but he was not decisive. Unfortunately for us, he made some bad choices."

Meanwhile, Go Ahead Eagles welcome PEC Zwolle, ADO visit FC Groningen and Heracles Almelo make the trip to Roda JC.