With the countdown to Arsenal’s Champions League encounter with PSV at the Emirates Stadium underway, there’s a notable lack of urgency among the Dutch club’s fanbase.
Dutch media highlight that, in comparison, Feyenoord’s support for their European expedition stands in stark contrast.
Ticketing challenges for the Dutch side
Arsenal is gearing up to clash with PSV next week at the Emirates in what is anticipated as an exhilarating kick-off to the Champions League group stage on September 20. This encounter offers a brief respite from the rigours of the Premier League. For fans and punters alike, this break also provides an opportunity to refocus on understanding EPL betting odds before domestic action resumes.
Astonishingly, as of Monday, PSV have only managed to shift 1,600 of the 2,700 tickets allotted to them by the Gunners.
This is a mere fraction, less than sixty percent, of the total available seats in the away section.
Comparative fervour: Feyenoord vs PSV
On the other side of the spectrum, Feyenoord seem to have no such challenges.
They’ve successfully sold every single one of the 3,431 tickets provided for their fixture against Atlético Madrid in Spain on October 4.
This show of support for Feyenoord puts into perspective the wavering enthusiasm from PSV’s contingent, especially considering the prestige of playing a team like Arsenal, writes Dutch journalist, Demen Bülbül.
Rivalry and reactions
As expected, this disparity hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Supporters of other football clubs have taken to social media to express their bewilderment and, in some cases, mirth over PSV’s seeming lack of away support for their marquee match at the Emirates Stadium.
While Feyenoord’s travelling support showcases the passion the Dutch have for football, PSV’s current ticket sales saga to the Arsenal match remains an anomaly.
As the days inch closer to the clash, it remains to be seen if there will be a late surge in ticket sales for PSV.