PSV aim to stretch Eredivisie lead
EINDHOVEN, January 18 (Eredivisie) - PSV Eindhoven will try to continue their blistering run of form when they host sixth-placed Heerenveen on Saturday.
The league leaders appear almost unstoppable in their quest for a third successive league title and currently boast an 11-point advantage over Ajax.
PSV are unbeaten in the league since August when they lost to FC Twente.
Ronald Koeman's side suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat in a friendly against FC Koln last Sunday when Brazilian defender Alcides made his debut, and the 21-year-old could take part in this weekend's game.
Alcides said: 'This is a good squad with plenty of quality players. I know the coach well and feel I will adapt quickly because I have had several spells with European clubs [Chelsea, Schalke and Benfica].'
PSV have failed in their bid to land Newcastle forward Albert Luque on loan so are likely to continue with Arouna Kone, Patrick Kluivert and Jefferson Farfan in a three-man attack.
European hopefuls Heerenveen could pose a decent challenge to PSV, however, as they earned a goalless draw against them back in October.
Ajax entertain FC Utrecht at home on Sunday as they attempt to maintain their loose grip on second place.
Brazilian forward Leonardo could be handed his league debut after playing in the recent friendly defeat against Ajax Cape Town.
Meanwhile, FC Twente have a new recruit for their clash at bottom club RKC Waalwijk after securing the services of PSV youngster Ismail Aissati on loan until the end of the season.
The 18-year-old is expected to bolster the midfield as Twente step-up their chase a Champions League place.
Elsewhere, Excelsior are on a downward spiral after six defeats in a row and a winless run that stretches back to November.
They face a Sparta Rotterdam side on Sunday who are six points clear of the relegation zone after consecutive wins over FC Groningen and FC Twente.
In other games, Heracles play host to NEC Nijmegen, inconsistent Roda JC entertain Willem II, NAC Breda meet fourth-placed Feyenoord at the Fujifilm Stadium and Vitesse Arnhem take on fellow UEFA Cup hopefuls Groningen.
Finally, struggling ADO Den Haag face a stiff test on Friday night as they host Louis Van Gaal's third-placed AZ Alkmaar.