It’s time to talk about Eindhoven. The defending champions have got off to a mixed start in the Eredivisie this season and risk slipping away from Feyenoord if they’re not careful.
In the eight games played domestically and in Europe, Eindhoven have either surged to victory or looked wanting up front. And yet defensively they’re solid.
Like Ajax, Eindhoven have started the season with five wins, a draw and a defeat. Now, that’s not bad if it was just Eindhoven v Ajax for the title.
But throw Rotterdam’s rejuvenated Feyenoord into the mix and suddenly there are some worried faces in southern Holland.
Eindhoven’s 3-1 win at Excelsior last weekend was the perfect antidote to their back-to-back defeats to Feyenoord and Atl Madrid. It was a major confidence boost and keeps the club within five points of Feyenoord.
But the true effects that their 1-0 home loss to league leaders Feyenoord the week previous may only be fully felt later this autumn. Eindhoven have a run of relatively straight-forward league fixtures until they meet Ajax on December 18. Although there are Champions League games against Munich and Madrid before then, the good thing for the manager is that his players should be capable of balancing domestic and European action until Christmas.
But Eindhoven must keep their heads down and concentrate on the league. There cannot be any slip-ups in a title race against a Feyenoord side as yet unbeaten this season.
Heerenveen v Eindhoven
The first test for the defending champions on this mission to stay in the race by the New Year is to overcome a Heerenveen team upsetting all the odds in the Dutch football betting world. Manager Jurgen Streppel has lifted Heerenveen into fourth in the Eredivisie thanks to four successive wins. They have scored exactly three goals in each of their last three outings.
Looking at the odds, Eindhoven are 1.50 to win and they should do just that. But the smart punter should back Heerenveen to at least bag a goal at home.
Zwolle v ADO Den Haag
Elsewhere in the Eredivisie this weekend the pitiful story of Zwolle continues. They remain winless from seven games and have scored just three times all season. This is the perfect game for ADO to get back to winning ways after their strong start to the season was cut short by defeats to Feyenoord, Twente and Heerenveen.
Den Haag are 3.20 to beat Zwolle and that is a super price. They may have hit a bad run of form but ADO’s problems are nothing compared to Friday’s hosts.
Heracles v Twente
Another game to keep an eye on is this clash in Almelo. Heracles are having an average season and look likely to finish in mid-table, which will be mission accomplished for manager John Stegeman. However, Sunday’s clash with Twente promises to be a goal fest and football betting fans should back at least +2.5 goals in this game.
That’s because Twente appear to have given up on defending in order to attack. Enes Unal is the division’s top scorer with six of Twente’s 15 goals. They are one of only four teams averaging over two goals a game this season. But Twente are also leaking goals at the back, with 13 conceded in seven outings. They have conceded in every game this season, so backing Both Team to Score is not a bad idea here.