The Eredivisie is back after the international break and we’re all geared up for Ajax v Feyenoord!
Danny Blind’s sacking last weekend means the KNVB are seeking a new manager to lead the international team. Both Peter Bosz and Giovanni van Bronckhorst would both be great scalps for the Netherlands but don’t expect either Ajax or Feyenoord to surrender their managers.
Table toppers Feyenoord have set the pace all season and Ajax are five points off the Rotterdam club, so a home win is vital. These sides drew 1-1 when they met back in October in a match that really could have gone either way.
A draw was a fair result then, but what will happen this Sunday when the two teams meet again?
Ajax v Feyenoord Betting
A few years ago Ajax would have been fully backed by the Unibet online community to beat Feyenoord with ease. However, Feyenoord have greatly improved over the last 18 months and invested well in the transfer market last summer. They now have a formidable team, comprising of a strong defence, a midfield marshalled by Dirk Kuyt and a new striker in Nicolai Jørgensen who has adapted very well to the Eredivisie since arriving from FC Copenhagen.
Ajax also have plenty of Danish players in their midst and both Kasper Dolberg and Lasse Schone have hit top form this spring. But can The Lancieri cut the gap on Feyenoord by beating their title rivals on Sunday?
Shrewd betting tipsters are certainly backing Ajax to get a goal in Amsterdam. They have scored in each of their last eight games in all competitions. However, Feyenoord are not exactly lacking goals themselves. They’ve averaged 2.25 goals per game over their last eight outings and are 2.95 to score twice in Amsterdam. Both teams to score in the Dutch capital at 1.65 is a great price.
Ajax v Feyenoord Goalscorer Betting: Jørgensen and Dolberg injuries
There is not getting away from it, Jørgensen should be backed at 8.00 to score first for Feyenoord. That is, if he plays. The Dane has scored 22 goals for club and country this season and has scored twice in each of his last two Feyenoord outings.
However, Jørgensen was sent home from international duty with Denmark this month with an injury. Feyenoord are hoping the 26-year-old will be back fit for the Ajax game. It will be a major blow if he isn’t there.
Ajax, meanwhile, are also sweating over Dolberg’s fitness after he also left the Danish camp. Dolberg is 5.40 to score first on Sunday and has scored five goals from his last five Ajax outings.
Both defences would be delighted if the Danish pair don’t go head to head this weekend. But it would be a big blow for the spectacle of this table-topping clash.
Best Dutch Football Bets: Other fixtures this weekend
Sparta are a great piece at 3.30 to win/draw against Eindhoven at home and continue their recent upsurge of form. Sparta stunned Dutch football tipsters by beating Feyenoord 1-0 in the Rotterdam derby back earlier this month. Sparta are rising up the Eredivisie, having won three of their last four games. They are an outside shout for a European place and a win against Eindhoven, who in reality are out of the title race, is a real possibility.
Eindhoven’s manager Phillip Cocu is on of the candidates to become the next Netherlands boss. Bet on the next Netherlands manager with Unibet as Cocu’s name comes up on the list of candidates alongside Louis van Gaal, Ronald Koeman and Frank de Boer.
Meanwhile, Utrecht’s push to secure fourth place shows no sign of abating and they are 1.65 to beat Willem II. Utrecht beat Sunday’s opponents 1-0 away earlier this season and are good for your combination bet.
At the bottom, don't expect Go Ahead Eagles to get anything at Twente — the away side look as good as down after a disappointing spring. Den Haag v Roda is the big relegation clash of the weekend, with the hosts one point off their 16th-placed opponents. Expect this to be a scrappy affair with lots of yellow cards. Den Haag are the dirtiest team in the Eredivisie with 60 yellow cards and four reds from just 27 games. There will be bookings here!