The Eredivisie returns this weekend after the winter break with Feyenoord seeking to extend their lead at the top of the table.
However, Ajax and Eindhoven are still going strong in their efforts to oust the Rotterdam side from their lofty perch.
The transfer window has already produced some moves in the Eredivisie, with Martin Odegaard’s move to Heerenveen the most high-profile switch yet.
So let’s take a look at three of the biggest games to bet on this weekend.
Roda v Feyenoord
If ever there was a banker for your football combination bet it is this. Feyenoord are flying at the top of the table and will have enjoyed their winter break. Roda, meanwhile, have plummeted after a reasonably positive start to the season and now sit second from bottom. Neither side has completed any transfers heading into this clash, so we can expect much of the same from the first half of the season.
Feyenoord are 1.38 to beat Roda and their recent form against their hosts suggests this is the smart bet. Feyenoord beat them 5-0 in this reverse fixture back in September, which marked a major swing away from previous tight matches between the two sides. This match will prove just how far Feyenoord have progressed.
Heerenveen v Den Haag
Spirits are high at Heerenveen following Martin Odegaard’s arrival from Madrid and football betting fans are already weighing up the potential of a goal for the Norway international. Odegaard’s loan deal will inject some much-needed positivity into this Heerenveen side. The best they can hope for this season realistically is fourth place and they are battling AZ for that honour.
Heerenveen’s 2-1 defeat at Willem II last month added a sour note to their winter break but Dutch football betting fans can expect them to navigate past Den Haag at 1.51 without a problem. Heerenveen are averaging almost two goals a game in the Eredivisie, while Den Haag’s plummet down the league looks set to continue.
Den Haag did end a five-game losing streak before the winter break began but in reality they are under strength at the back and that will cost them here.
Vitesse v Twente
These teams were set for mid table mediocrity almost before the season even started and neither have shown enough promise to fight at the top, nor enough disarray to be dragged into the relegation battle. It’s eighth against seventh here on Sunday and this game could certainly end in a draw.
Two of the last five meetings between Vitesse and Twente have finished even. Both teams have scored in all five of those games but only once (Vitesse 5-1 Twente, December 2015) has either side scored more than twice. Meanwhile, there has been just one away win in the last seven games between these two sides.
So, back both teams to score at 1.56 and you probably won’t be disappointed. If you’re chasing the odds then Twente are 1.88 to win/draw on the Double Chance. You’ll likely be banking on the draw there but Vitesse at 1.28 for the same Double Chance is too slim to make it worthwhile.