The fight for Europe is hotting up in the Eredivisie with less than half of the season remaining.
Dutch football betting experts already have Feyenoord, Ajax and Eindhoven to finish safely in the top three of the Eredivisie. But who will finish in the European playoffs?
Teams finishing fourth to seventh in the Eredivisie go into a playoff to earn a UEFA Europa League qualification place for next season.
This weekend could prove a major one in defining who makes the playoffs and who will miss out.
Dutch football playoff betting
Utrecht, Heerenveen, Vitesse and AZ make up the fourth-seventh places in the Eredivisie right now. There are just two points between the four teams. Eindhoven, in third, are 14 points ahead and so these teams can forget about catching them. But below, we have one club determined to spoil the party.
FC Twente is certainly the forgotten club right now. They are safe from relegation but not quite close enough to the top seven. The Eredivisie’s eighth-placed team must get some wins together soon or their season will come to a premature end.
Bet on FC Twente against Excelsior
This weekend is therefore huge for Twente. If they beat Excelsior they could leapfrog AZ into seventh place. And luckily for Twente, AZ have a tough task away at Heerenveen on Sunday.
Excelsior did as predicted last week and drew with the more fancied Groningen to continue their good run of form. Twente, meanwhile, have won two of their last three games, with the other a defeat to runaway leaders Feyenoord that we can discount. At 2.20 Twente should beat Excelsior but don’t be surprised if there’s a draw at 3.55.
Bet on Heerenveen against AZ
As for AZ, they could go fourth if they beat Heerenveen and Utrecht and Vitesse get poor results. AZ have hit a bad run of form and are winless in three outings. The conceded four to Eindhoven at home last week — which was a shock in the Unibet football betting odds. But they beat Heerenveen 1-0 in the KNVB Cup quarterfinals last month and that will give Alkmaar hope of another victory. AZ are 3.00 to win away but are not expected to.
Dutch football best bets
Away from the European playoff places, Feyenoord should be comfortable winners over a Groningen side that seems to have run out of steam in recent weeks. The Rotterdam side are 1.26 to win and good on any football combination bet you have this weekend.
Eindhoven have suddenly got a taste for goal again and could pummel Utrecht on Sunday afternoon, although Utrecht’s frugal defence suggests this could be a narrow 1-0 or 2-0 victory (at 8.00 and 7.50 respectively).
Ajax are desperately trying to cut the five-point gap on Feyenoord at the top of the table and all they can do is keep on winning. Ajax have won three straight games without conceding a goal. They are a decent bet at 1.92 to beat Sparta with a clean sheet.