Will Burns is back with his picks for the Eredivisie for this weekends games and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!
Saturday 22nd February
HEERENVEEN vs. NAC BREDA (17:45 GMT)
NAC Breda gained an excellent home draw against title chasing Feyenoord last weekend as Heerenveen were on the end of a 3-0 defeat away to league leaders Ajax.
The hosts are forced in to make three changes with Hakim Ziyech, Marten de Roon and Joey van den Berg all suspended so Marco van Basten will look to Anthony Lurling, Daley Sinkgraven and Samir Fazli to fill in and gain all three points. Van Basten’s men home form is promising as in their last 9 games at the Abe Lenstra Stadion, only three sides have left with all three points, all in the top four – Feyenoord, Vitesse Arnhem and FC Twente.
However, Breda are in great form with two wins and two draws in their last four and will head to Heerenveen looking to improve their away record as they have only one win in their last nine games. The best bet for the day would be a great 2/1 at BetVictor for Rydell Poepon to score anytime. The striker is the designated penalty taker for NAC and Heerenveen are suspected in defence for discipline.
SC CAMBUUR vs. RODA JC (18:45 GMT)
After a tremendous display last weekend against PEC Zwolle with a 3-1 win and Jon Dahl Tomasson’s Roda still unable to find their feet, one cannot look past Cambuur picking up another three points on Saturday evening.
Tomasson is under great pressure at Roda since taking over after the winter break with only one win in six and after falling at home to fellow strugglers ADO Den Haag last weekend, I feel the Dane may feel more strain at the full-time whistle of this one.
If the hosts can get going like last weekend and exploded out of the blocks, I think we have to look at the best bet of Cambuur to be winning at half-time and full-time at 7/4 at BetVictor.
PEC ZWOLLE vs. HERACLES (18:45 GMT)
Ron Jans will looking to get his side back-on-track after last week’s slip up at Cambuur, Zwolle’s first defeat after a run of three wins in a row a draw against Ajax.
Heracles will looking to bounce back after a narrow 2-1 defeat at PSV last time round and will rely on the in-form Bryan Linssen if they are to get anything out the game. Zwolle have not kept a clean sheet since the 24th November last year in a 0-0 draw away to Groningen. That is a run of 12 games in which they have conceded at least one goal.
NEC NIJMEGEN vs. PSV (19:45 GMT)
Philip Cocu takes his PSV side to Nijmegen in Saturday’s night game with his club captain, Georginio Wijnaldum back from injury and could make an impact from the bench. Looking to get their season back on course, the Eindhoven side are on a three-game winning streak and they have not recorded four successive wins since late 2012.
NEC bullied RKC Waalwijk last weekend and came away with a great 3-1 away win but target man Michael Higdon, creating a lot of goals with headed knockdowns, will find it tough against PSV central duo Karim Rekik and Jeffrey Bruma, both good in the air.
NEC have no problem scoring with goals in their last ten games but I see PSV gaining their fourth win and winning clear, espeically if Wijnaldum is ready to go if brought on. PSV -1 is being offered at 8/5 at BetVictor so we need PSV to win by two clear goals to win the bet.
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