Frank de Boer’s men are currently top of the Dutch first division and are playing some superb football as they hunt a fifth title in six seasons. Last year, PSV Eindhoven were crowned as the Eredivisie champions but Ajax are hungry to regain the title and win an incredible 34th Dutch championship.
Ajax have certainly started strongly enough, winning five of their six matches so far. In fact, they have conceded just two goals – with both of those strikes coming in the 2-2 draw with FC Twente. In their five victories, they have scored 14 goals to no reply and it appears that De Boer’s men are playing with a chip on their shoulder. They will be desperate to regain their crown and will be ruthless, especially after failing to qualify for the Champions League group stages.
PSV Eindhoven may suffer from a summer transfer window that saw captain Georginio Wijnaldum and talisman Memphis Depay leave the club for Premier League clubs Newcastle United and Manchester United. While the Dutch champions did invest in signings this summer, these two players are almost impossible to replace directly and Eindhoven will miss both stars dearly throughout the course of the season.
It is likely to be a head-to-head between these two clubs for the title but Ajax will probably be just too strong. Next up for De Boer’s side is a home fixture with FC Groningen. Their incredible early season form would suggest that Ajax may continue in the same vein and pick up all three points in this clash. For those of you who are considering betting on this encounter, it may be worth checking out Coral’s Football Jackpot.
In terms of the bigger picture, Ajax will fancy their chances of winning the title this season. Every year, they expect to win the Eredivisie and, on most occasions, they seem to perform as anticipated. It certainly won’t be easy as PSV Eindhoven are an exceptional side but the lack of Champions League football should play into Ajax’s hands and they will be able to balance their European and domestic commitments much more accurately than their rivals.
With De Boer’s incredible understanding of the game and Ajax’s talented roster, they will be there or thereabouts once again. They haven’t finished outside of the top two since the 2008-09 campaign and it would take a miracle to see the current Eredivisie leaders drop out of the top spots for the remainder of the season.