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Champions League: Back PSV in the BATE goal-fest

Will Burns is on fire with two wins out of two on weekend’s Eredivisie action that has boosted our profits to £43.25. With a one goal advantage PSV can progress to the Champions’ League group stages with just a draw on Wednesday night, however Will thinks there will may be some trouble ahead.

PSV vs.  BATE Borisov

Wednesday, 20:00BST Live on BT Sport 3

PSV and Marc van Bommel are nearly in Thursday’s group draw with a hard fought 3-2 win last Tuesday in Borisov however, BATE will roll in Eindhoven knowing they have the ability to breach the PSV backline, and that’s where I’m honing in on for today’s bet.

After last week’s game, BATE may be struggling to cope with the regrets with the first leg as PSV put qualification on a plate for them. PSV were rocked to the core when Jasse Tuominen poked BATE ahead after just nine minutes but Van Bommel’s side progressively showed their superiority to claw back to 1-1 with a Gaston Pereiro penalty. On the hour mark, Mexican winger Hirving Lozano grabbed the lead for his side with a wonderful strike.

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But still the fight was there from BATE and some poor PSV defending gave veteran midfielder Alexander Hleb a goal off the bench in the 88th minute. However, PSV overcome this by venturing down the other end after the restart and youngster Donyell Malen, also a substitute, notched a headed winner on 89 minutes.

PSV got out of Borisov by the skin of their teeth and it won’t be easy on Wednesday at the Philips Stadion. Now the odds are massively stacked against the Belarusians but I can see them scoring a goal with PSV with the talent to notch a few themselves. PSV win with Both Teams to Score is a huge price at over 2/1 and I love the 2.80 on Over 3.5 Goals too.  Let’s go for that too in case we end up a high scoring draw with is very capable in a match of such magnitude.

This match, along with the Ajax game the night prior, is huge for the future of Dutch football. Good luck to both sides!

Recommendations

Over 3.5 Goals

£10 on 2.80 888Sport

PSV win with Both Teams to Score

£10 on 3.20 Paddy Power

Season Record

W6-L5

Profit: £43.25

Team news
PSV
Van Bommel rested Pablo Rosario in the 2-1 win over PEC Zwolle but the 21-year-old should return in place of young Belgian midfielder Dante Rigo.

BATE Borisov
Alexander Hleb could make the first eleven after scoring last week from the bench and in need of goals, BATE could play with two up front, If so, Maksim Skavysh would be the name added to the teamsheet.

Key stats
– PSV have seen at least two goals conceded in five of their last six Champions League games.

– BATE have scored in all of their last 9 competitive away games.

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Eredivisie: PSV to extend their perfect start against PEC Zwolle

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Defending Eredivisie champions PSV travel to Zwolle to face PEC on Saturday and Will Burns provides his selections in a match that he sees the Eindhoven side dominating.

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PEC Zwolle vs. PSV

Saturday, 19:45BST

Spirits will be high in the PSV camp after surviving a late scare in Belarus on Tuesday night against BATE Borisov in the Champions League playoff. PSV were leading 2-1 in the majority of the second half before former Arsenal and Barca midfielder Aleksandr Hleb notched an equaliser in the 88th minute. However, young striker Donyell Malen went straight up the other end with a minute left on the clock to clinch the 3-2 victory. This places Marc van Bommel’s side in good stead to progress in Wednesday’s second leg.

My selection is PSV to be winning at half-time and full-time mainly due to fact that Zwolle have been defeated this way in five out of their last seven league games. But also PEC, now under the tutelage of John van’t Schip, have looked horrendous in their opening two games. Defeated 2-0 last week by FC Utrecht also suffered a 3-2 loss on the opening night of the league against ten-men Heerenveen.

In addition, PSV have found the net before half-time in all three games this season. They have also have been victorious in their last seven outings against PEC Zwolle in all competitions so despite whether or not they have one eye on the big European tie vs. BATE on Wednesday, I can’t look past them to walk away from Zwolle with another three points.

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PSV Half Time/Full Time

£10 on 2.35 Ladbrokes

Season Record

W5-L5

Profit: £29.75

Team news
PEC Zwolle
Midfielder Kenneth Paal (on-loan from PSV) cannot play against his parent club but new signing Ouasim Bouy is in the squad. Bouy comes in from Leeds United and it is third time on-loan to Zwolle.

PSV
Van Bommel may rest some players ahead of Wednesday’s tie but more likely he will reduce their playing time. Last week against Fortuna Sittard, he kept the same starting eleven despite a Champions League tie a few days later.

Key stat
PEC Zwolle have been losing at both half time and full time in five of their last seven matches.

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EREDIVISIE: Expect goals in the ADO-Fortuna clash

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Week three of the Eredivisie is already upon us and Will Burns sees Friday Night Voetbal providing a goal fest that we can take advantage of.

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ADO Den Haag vs. Fortuna Sittard

Friday, 19:00BST

ADO Den Haag find themselves in the bottom three after two rounds of fixtures however, their opponents on Friday, Fortuna Sittard only fair two places and one point better. This match is not going to be barnburner right? Wrong. I can see goals and here’s my reasoning.

Fortuna impressed last weekend in a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to PSV. Club legend Marc van Bommel was the opposing manager and admitted his side were ‘fortunate’ to claim the win. the defending Eredivisie champions ended up snatching the three points due to a Dante Rigo last minute strike. USA international Andrija Novakovich (on loan from English Championship side Reading) placed home the equalising goal for Fortuna after falling behind to a Hirving Lozano opener.

In their opening game they clinched a point away to ten-man Excelsior in a match that they were more than capable of winning, forcing five shots on goal in the second half.  For ADO, they have been haemorrhaging goals and I can see Fortuna breaching their defence. Den Haag’s opening game ended in a bit of history. It was FC Emmen’s first ever Eredivisie game in which they won their first game by two goals to one.

ADO ended up 2-0 down before half time and things did not improve in week two. A travel to Almelo proved to have an eventful first half also as ADO were 3-2 down at the break. They finished the game 4-2 losers and I can see more goals flying in on Friday night. ADO are capable of scoring goals and conceding and they are the keys in my selection in this one. Back Both Teams to Score with Over 2.5 Goals, this is my selection to get us back to winning ways.

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Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals

£10 on 2.00 SkyBet

Season Record

W4-L5

Profit: £19.75

Team news
ADO Den Haag
Attacking threat Erik Falkenburg could be out due to a broken nose.

Fortuna Sittard
Only first teamers that will be missing is Senegalese midfielder Amadou Ciss and French forward Djibril Dianessy.

Key stat
All four matches featuring ADO and Sittard in the Eredivisie this season have finished with both teams to score and three with over 2.5 goals.

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Champions League: Ajax’s goal struggles means unders is a safe bet

Wednesday night sees Ajax host Dynamo Kiev in the next round of their Champions League qualification. Will Burns thinks Erik ten Hag’s men may struggle to find the net at the Johan Cruijff Arena.

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Ajax vs. Dynamo Kiev

Wednesday, 20:00BST – Live on BT Sport 2

In another massive night for Dutch football, Ajax face Ukrainian Premier League runners-up Dynamo Kiev in the final round of Champions League qualification. Erik ten Hag’s men have already dispatched Sturm Graz and Standard Liege and a win over two legs against Kiev will go a long way to help the UEFA coefficient for Dutch football.

Last December, on the release of the new UEFA rankings, it was declared that the champions of the Eredivisie would not automatically qualify for the Champions’ League group stages. The Dutch are currently 14th in the UEFA rankings behind neighbours Belgium and the likes of Austria, Czech Republic and Switzerland who arguably host weaker leagues.

The country and Ajax desperately need group stage qualification at the least and the Amsterdammers have pulled out all the stops this summer to make this happen. Big money signings Dušan Tadić and the returning Daley Blind put out a real statement of intent by Ajax, who brought in a total of four players for a big sum of €41m.

Although an abundance of talent is at Ten Hag’s disposal this is no easy route to the group stage for his side. In Atlético-esque fashion, Aleksandr Khatskevich’s side are masters of the 1-0 win. Out of all five domestic games this season, four in the league and one Super Cup final, they have won all five games by the 1-0 score line. Yes you did read that correctly – all five domestic games this season have ended in a 1-0 win for Dynamo.

Unbelievably they could have added another to the list in the away leg of the last Champions League qualifying round had Slavia Prague not scored a 95th minute penalty and that goal is the only goal they have conceded so far all season.

If we combine that with Ajax’s struggles to find the net in their two Eredivisie game so far, this will be a very tough contest for Ten Hag’s men. I envisage a cautious game that Ajax will find real difficulty breaking the Ukrainians down. Backing Under 2.5 Goals looks a sure bet and that is my recommendation in this match.

Recommendation

Under 2.5 Goals

£10 on 1.85 888Sport

Season Record

W4-L4

Profit – £29.75

Team news
Ajax
David Neres should miss out after sustaining a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 1-0 over VVV-Venlo.

Dynamo Kiev
Summer signing from Dnipro-1, Vladyslav Supriaha is the only notable absentee.

Key stat
Kiev have won all five of their domestic games this season by a 1-0 scoreline.

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Champions League: PSV can set example for the future of Dutch football

It’s a huge European tie this Tuesday night as PSV travel to Belarus to face BATE in a Champions League qualifier, Will Burns previews what is a one of four most important nights for Dutch football in the next fortnight.

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BATE Borisov vs. PSV

Tuesday, 20:00BST – Live on BT Sport 3

Tuesday night sees PSV Eindhoven embark on their Champions League qualification in a two-legged affair that is one of the most significant games in recent history for Dutch football.

Last December, on the release of the new UEFA rankings, it was declared that the champions of the Eredivisie would not automatically qualify for the Champions’ League group stages. For at least the next two seasons, the Dutch champions have to go through the preliminary rounds before competing in the group phase. This was a huge blow to the country that has claimed three different European champions – Feyenoord, Ajax and PSV.

The Netherlands are now 14th in the UEFA rankings behind neighbours Belgium and the likes of Austria, Czech Republic and Switzerland who arguably host weaker leagues. Unfortunately, due to the lack of success in previous European competitions, this has what has become of Dutch football now as the Eredivisie has become a significant exporter of young talent to bigger leagues.

The Dutch teams need to act to improve the situation for the future of the league, and there’s certainly one way to start on Tuesday night: PSV to clinch the win away to Belarusian’s BATE Borisov. I predict this will be a hard task for Marc van Bommel’s side as history has proved that BATE are always a tough proposition at the Borisov Arena. In the last ten European ties at home, BATE have been dealt one defeat, a 4-2 Europa League loss to Arsenal last season.

BATE have a lightning quick counter attack that should be spearheaded by Montenegrin international Mirko Ivanić. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder/winger showed off this prowess in the last round at home to Azerbaijani opponents Qarabağ FK in a second leg 1-1 draw. Ivanić capitalised on a wayward pass across the defence and powered a run through onto goal to place the ball confidently in the net.

However, they did look suspect at the back that PSV may find rewarding. Using the counter attack, BATE received a lot of pressure over the two leagues against the Azerbaijan champions, outscored heavily 29-13 over the two legs. One has to think with the quality in the PSV attack (Hirving Lozano, Gaston Pereiro, Steven Bergwijn and Luuk de Jong) this defence can and should be breached and give the Eredivisie champions victory that themselves and Dutch football greatly need.

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PSV win

£10 on 2.15 Bet Victor

Current Season Record

W3-L4

Profit – £18.25

Team news

BATE Borisov

The Belarusian Premier League has been on a short summer break throughout August so BATE are fully refreshed with no injuries announced.

PSV Eindhoven

In the 2-1 win away to a physical Fortuna Sittard on Saturday evening, in which Luuk de Jong stated: “We were lucky to snatch a late win”, Marc van Bommel named an unchanged side. It is thought he will do the same against BATE. No first team injury worries.

Key Fact

BATE Borisov have lost just one game in the last ten European home ties – a 2017/18 Europa League group stage fixture vs. Arsenal that finished 4-2.

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EREDIVISIE Betting Tips: Matthijs de Ligt to fire Ajax to victory

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Still holding a decent profit after a small midweek loss, Will Burns presents his selections for week two of the Eredivisie season.

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VVV-Venlo vs. Ajax

Saturday, 17:30

Following PSV’s 4-0 demolition of FC Utrecht on the opening weekend, Ajax head south to Venlo to face VVV and Erik ten Hag’s team know that they cannot afford any slip-ups. Their bitter rivals from Eindhoven already hold a two-point lead over the Amsterdam giants after just one round as Heracles held de Godenzonen to a 1-1 draw last Saturday.

The Amsterdammers will need to close the gap in what should be a competitive race for the Eredivisie this season, and what a better way to start that by defeating Venlo on Saturday teatime.

VVV-Venlo experienced a better first round of games as they scraped a narrow 1-0 win away to Willem II. Maurice Steijn’s side were well organised but absorbed a lot of pressure from The Tricolores but goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall was superb keeping a clean sheet. The German did so well he claimed a place in our Team of the Week. Willem II’s force showed in the statistics having 17 shots to VVV’s six and claiming 13 corners to VVV’s two.

Anyone who witnessed Ajax’s Champions League 3-0 victory against Standard Liege on Tuesday night cannot be anything but impressed. It was a dominating performance that should have seen more goals and we saw young defender Matthijs de Ligt showing his worth with his second headed goal in two matches from a corner.

Ajax will press VVV and I see a lot of corners raining in and if so, then De Ligt will trouble the Venlo defence and I think him to score anytime at 9.50 at 888Sport is definitely worth sticking a fiver on.  I can certainly see Ajax racking up two or three goals so my more confident selection is Ajax to win by more than one goal on the Asian Handicap.

Recommended Bet: Ajax -1.5 Asian Handicap – £10 on at 1.94 to win £19.40 at 888Sport

Recommended Bet: Matthijs de Ligt to score anytime – £5 on at 9.50 to win £47.50 at 888Sport/Unibet

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FC Emmen vs. AZ Alkmaar

Sunday, 13:30

Another impressive performance this past week was AZ’s 5-0 drubbing of NAC Breda – this was total domination. AZ outscored NAC an amazing 29-5 on shots and 14-1 on corners and against newly promoted FC Emmen, I could not look past another pasting.

In one of the many shocks of last weekend, Emmen managed to grab a win in their first ever Eredivisie game away to ADO Den Haag by two goals to one. However, although they collected the three points, Emmen looked suspect at defending set-pieces, a trait which I feel AZ can exploit.

I feel AZ could be the team to watch this season. The midfield is crammed with young talent, Guus Til (20), Fredrik Midtsjo (25) and Teun Koopmeiners (20) are all capable of testing the goalkeeper. The full-backs are strong and creative in Thomas Ouwejan (22) and Swede Jonas Svensson (25) and experienced stalwart Ron Vlaar (33) brings the old head to the back line and a good head to set-pieces threats.

AZ to win by at least two goals is my pick. Good luck if you’re betting.

Recommended Bet: AZ -1 Asian Handicap – £10 on at 2.125 to win £21.25 at Bet365

SEASON RECORD

W2-L2

Profit – £22.00

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Champions League: Back Ajax’s Dusan Tadic to deliver knockout blow to Standard

After securing a healthy profit on the weekend’s Eredivisie games, Will Burns is on hand to try and add to the pot with his selection for the big Champions League qualification game at the Johan Cruijff Arena on tonight.

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Ajax vs. Standard Liege

Tuesday, 19:30

After dropping a 2-0 lead away in Belgium last week, Ajax host Standard Liege with hopes of clinching a slot in the next round of Champions League qualification. The Amsterdammers took a 2-0 half time lead with goals from Klass Jan Huntelaar and new summer signing Dušan Tadić.

However, Standard hit back from a Moroccan striker Mehdi Carcela-González wonder strike but Erik ten Hag’s side looked to be hanging on to take the win back to the Netherlands. Unfortunately for the travelling fans it was not to be, as in the dying seconds of stoppage time, young right-back Noussair Marzaoui was penalised for a soft foul on Moussa Djenepo in the area and Renaud Emond dispatched the resulting penalty.

This past weekend, the Eredivisie season did not get off to a perfect start for Ten Hag as his side were held to a 1-1 draw to Heracles with 19-year-old central defender Matthijs de Ligt heading home an equaliser to save the Amsterdammers’ blushes.

I’m focussing on one player for my pick, Dušan Tadić. I found it a great surprise when I read that the former Southampton winger had signed on the dotted line for Ajax this past summer. Dropping back to the Eredivisie, especially since Tadić was fifth in the Premier League last year for chances created (66) with five assists left me startled.

I rate the Serbian very highly and he’s already made his mark in this tie being involved in both goals last week in Belgium, creating Huntelaar’s opener and then smashing home an edge of the box strike to double Ajax’s lead.

I think he stands a great chance to fire in another goal against Liege who seemed to grant him a lot of space a week ago.

Recommended Bet: Dušan Tadić to score anytime – £10 on at 2.46 to win £24.60 at 888Sport/Unibet

 

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Bets – 3

Wins – 2

Losses -1

Profit – £32.00

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EREDIVISIE Week One Preview and Betting Tips

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Will Burns makes his return with three selections for this opening weekend of Eredivisie action.

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PSV vs. FC Utrecht

Saturday, 19:45

We witnessed major change in Eindhoven this past summer as manager Philip Cocu left to take on a new challenge in Turkey with Fenerbahçe. He was replaced by former team-mate Marc van Bommel despite a lack of experience at this level. Last weekend, Van Bommel’s debut did get off to a good start losing on penalties to rivals Feyenoord as the Rotterdammers lifted the Johan Cruyff Schaal.

This weekend, Van Bommel begins the quest to retain the Eredivisie title against FC Utrecht and he will be encouraged by the talent he has inherited in the PSV squad. A major plus over the summer is the decision of Mexican superstar Hirving Lozano to stay in Eindhoven despite impressing at the World Cup in Russia and attraction attention from some major clubs across Europe.

De Boeren have seen success in 21 of their last 22 home matches against Utrecht in all competitions and I predict more the same on Saturday evening with plenty of goals. Utrecht saw masses of goal action on their travels last season, but specifically in 2018 so far as they have seen over 2.5 goals in their last eight away games.

PSV have notched at least two goals in nine of their last 10 games against Utrecht and with attacking talents like Lozano, Luuk de Jong and Steven Bergwijn at their disposal I feel getting on PSV on the handicap is the best bet in this one. 

Recommended Bet: PSV -1 Asian Handicap – £10 on at 2.20 to win £22.00 at Paddy Power

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De Graafschap vs. Feyenoord

Sunday, 13:30

Feyenoord were hammered four goals without reply by Slovakian underdogs AS Trenčín on Thursday night and it will not get any easier when they travel to Doetinchem to face Eredivisie new boys De Graafschap.

An embarrassing defeat in European qualification has not provided Giovanni van Bronckhorst with the best preparation for the new Eredivisie season. The former Arsenal and Celtic man has to contend with the absences of summer signing Yassin Ayoub and last season’s top scorer Nicolai Jörgensen too which will hamper their creation going forward.

De Graafschap will see this as an excellent opportunity to claim a huge scalp and defeat the Rotterdam giants, who start with the inexperienced 20-year-old Justin Bijlow in goal, and they may just have one eye on Thursday’s night return game against Trenčín.

Taking all this into account, the home fans at the Stadion De Vijverberg could be celebrating on Sunday afternoon. It’s long odds but I placing a bet on De Graafschap Draw No Bet at 3/1 is worth a punt.

Recommended Bet: De Graafschap Draw No Bet – £10 on at 4.00 to win £40.00 at 888Sport

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Vitesse Arnhem vs. FC Groningen

Sunday, 13:30

Vitesse Arnhem are already three weeks into their new campaign due to the qualifying stages of the Europa League. Leonid Slutsky’s side have successfully dispatched Romania outfit FC Viitorul 5-3 on aggregate and were defeated 1-0 by FC Basel on Thursday night in their first leg of the third round of qualification.

Their opponents on Sunday, FC Groningen head into their first competitive game which surely gives the hosts the advantage, however Vitesse will see the second leg against Basel vitally important financially and may have thoughts elsewhere on Sunday afternoon. Groningen have become draw specialists after claiming just a point in five of their last six away league games and four of those games finished 1-1.

New manager Danny Buijs will be very pleased if his side can leave the Gelredome with a point on the opening weekend and I see that as the most likely result.

Recommended Bet: Draw – £10 on at 4.20 to win £42.00 at Betfair

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EERSTE DIVISIE: #DutchDouble Betting Tips

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Historically the #DutchDouble is GetBetSmart.com’s most successful gimmick bet and Will Burns returns with his selections for tonight’s Eerste Divisie games to hopefully claim another winner.

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Friday night sees the usual goalfest that is known as the Eerste Divisie unfold so I have selected two games with potential for goals.#

First up, with Bet365 I suggest you back Both Teams to Score with Over 2.5 Goals (found in the Goals section) in the Almere City vs. FC Oss match, kick off is at 7:00BST.

Almere have seen BTTS and Over 2.5 in eight of their last ten games and FC Oss has seen BTTS in eight of their ten and Over 2.5 hit in nine of those ten – go figure.

Next, I have took Jong Ajax to defeat FC Eindhoven with Both Teams to Score at a huge 7/4 with Bet365. My reasoning here is that Eindhoven have…

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EREDIVISIE Week 3 Betting Tips

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After an eventful two rounds of the Eredivisie so far, Will Burns returns after a week off with his thoughts on two of this Sunday’s Eredivisie games. The very best of luck if you are betting!

 

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Sunday 21st August 2016 – 13:30BST

FC UTRECHT v AZ ALKMAAR

This game promises one thing at least in my eyes… Goals!

Erik ten Hag is still searching for his first win as Utrecht manager this season and the transfers this week has not helped his cause as one of their players of the season, Bart Ramselaar left for defending champions PSV. AZ Alkmaar had a difficult trip to Serbia on Thursday night in the Europa League qualifier, but came out on top 3-0 winners over Vojvodina, so they may be a tad lacklustre in Sunday’s game.

I am unsure of who could come out on top but I feel both sides have goals in them. Striker Sebastien Haller has been linked with a move to England and Newcastle United this week and his very capable of beating his 19 goals that he notched in the Eredivisie last season. He bagged a goal in the opening day 2-1 home defeat to PSV while converting a penalty last weekend in a 2-2 draw with Heerenveen.

AZ has also experienced near similar results, a 2-2 draw with Heerenveen on the opening day, while they were defeated in a narrow 1-0 win away to PSV. Markus Henriksen, Wout Weghorst and Fred Friday will be the players to watch and Stijn Wuytens, a defensive midfielder, bagged a brace away in Serbia midweek. They are goals all over the pitch for AZ and Over 2.5 with Both Teams to Score market at Bet365 is worth a two point punt at 18/25.

TIP: Over 2.5 Goals with Both Teams to Score (2PT placed on 1.72 at Bet365)

Heracles-Feyenoord

Sunday 21st August 2016 – 15:45BST

HERACLES v FEYENOORD

My pick as an outside bet the league this season was Feyenoord, and so far they are proving me right and have started the season well under Giovanni van Bronckhorst. The opening game was a 5-0 away thrashing of FC Groningen followed by a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to the troubled FC Twente.

Heracles are also undefeated in the first two outings, a 1-1 draw away to newly promoted Roda JC before last weeks confident 3-1 win over Willem II. John Stegeman has kept the majority of the side that finished 14th last year with Iliass Bel Hassani his main star that could aggravate Feyenoord’s defence.

However, I cannot look past Feyenoord winning this game and comfortably. The Rotterdammers looked far too strong for Groningen and Twente and I see Stegeman’s side suffering the same fate. New signing Danish winger Nicolai Jorgensen has been selected as a false nine by Van Bronckhorst and has found the net in both games. Dirk Kuyt, Jens Toornstra, Tonny Vilhena and Eljero Elia will all start with him in a five man strong attack which will prove to be too much for the Heracles defence.

TIP: Feyenoord to win (2PT placed on 1.72 at Bet365)

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EREDIVISIE Week 1 Betting Tips

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As usual Will Burns is on hand with his thoughts on two of this weekend’s Eredivisie games. The very best of luck if you are betting!

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Saturday 5th August 2016 – 19:45BST

WILLEM II v VITESSE

After taking in their friendly against Newcastle United last weekend, I feel we could see a resurgence from Vitesse this season under Henk Fraser especially with the squad he has at hand. Although, Milot Rashica & Navarone Foor will sit out the today’s visit to Tilburg through injury. One player that to watch that impressed me against The Magpies is likely to start on the bench, 19-year-old Yuning Zhang. The Chinese international striker had a good pre-season overall, but new recruit Ricky van Wolfswinkel is tipped to begin the game in his return to Eredivisie and I think he will play a key role in this game.

Willem II will be led out this season by Edwin van de Looi, who joined from FC Groningen this summer, and he will hand debuts to striker Fran Sol (a former Real Madrid youth), midfielders Jari Schuurman, a loan signing from Feyenoord and two permanent signings in Thom Haye (AZ) and Andreas Calcan (Universitatea Cluj).

Looking at the pre-season friendly stats (which is usually risky, I am confident about goals going in here. The safe banker bet here for me is with Bet365 and their Over 2.5 Goals with Both Teams to Score option priced at just above evens.

TIP: Over 2.5 Goals with Both Teams to Score (2PTs placed on 2.05 at Bet365)

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Sunday 6th August 2016 – 13:30BST

SPARTA ROTTERDAM v AJAX

After their successful jaunt to Greece in midweek which saw them tie up a Champions League playoff with FC Rostov, Ajax travelled to what will be a raucous crowd in Rotterdam as the oldest club in Dutch Football, Sparta make their return to the top flight in six years.

Sparta manager Alex Pastoor, as the norm with promoted sides, has seen his squad undergo major changes over the summer with 11 leaving and ten arriving. His side will be more than up for this game and I think likely to score. Winger Thomas Verhaar, scorer of 24 goals last term, will be one to look out for and will be a threat to the shaky Amsterdammers back line.

Ajax coach Peter Bosz tinkered with his formation midweek and experimented with a 3-5-2 in the 2-1 win over PAOK Salonika, however it expected he will revert back to 4-3-3 in this game. A young forward line may spearhead the Ajax attack as highly-rated Danish striker Kasper Dolberg is in line to make his Eredivisie debut, as is 19-year-old Colombian Mateo Cassierra, a summer signing from Deportivo Cali.

The Ajax defence over the two legs against PAOK has shown that are suspect and they will leak goals this season. New experienced German signing Heiko Westerman was in particular poor and Sparta could easily breach Jasper Cillessen’s goal. Although, I see Ajax winning this match expect Sparta to score at least one goal. Ajax to grab the win while conceding is valued at 9/4 by Betfred and I see that as the best bet in this match,

TIP: Ajax to win with Both Teams to Score (2PT placed on 3.25 at Betfred)

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NEC v PEC Zwolle Preview and Betting Tips

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The new Eredivisie campaign is underway tonight and Will Burns begins with a preview of tonight’s opener. Read on and good luck…

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Friday 4th August 2016 – 19:00BST

NEC NIJMEGEN v PEC ZWOLLE

The charismatic Ron Jans leads PEC Zwolle into the fourth season of his management and they open the season with a Friday night clash in Nijmegen. Where new head coach Peter Hyballa will be aiming to continue the good work of his predecessor Ernest Faber, who led NEC to a top-ten finish last campaign.

The hosts come into the game with no real injury concerns as the squad fighting fit ready for the new campaign, however the first XI named tonight will show many changes. Last season’s first teamers Christian Santos, Navarone Foor, Anthony Limbombe, Brad Jones, Lucas Woudenberg, Todd Kane and Marcel Ritzmaier have all moved onto bigger clubs or returned to parent clubs. Let me point out that, these players accounted for 30 of the 34 league goals scored by the team last year.

Recruitment has proven to bring bodies in, but not replace the quality. Defensive reinforcements Segun Owobowale and Robin Buwalda have arrived from ADO, while Bosnian Dario Dumic arrived from Danish side Brondby. In midfield, Australian Stefan Mauk flies in from Adelaide United and young German winger Julian von Haacke (22) joins from Werder Bremen without playing a professional game for the Bundesliga side.

Trying to emulate the impact of the departing Christian Santos last term, the scorer of 17 goals in all competitions will be Reagy Ofosu, signed from Austrian outfit, SV Grodig, however he only found the net twice in 16 appearances and failed to secure a contact with his efforts.

Defeating PEC Zwolle tonight is a big ask in my opinion with the talent at hand. Jans’ summer transfer window has gone considerably better than Hyballa’s and they line up tonight with a far better squad in my opinion.

As always, Zwolle have lost some first-teamers too but on this occasion rather than players heading to bigger clubs, it’s been a case of talents like Sheraldo Becker, Lars Veldwijk and  Ouasim Bouy returning to their parent clubs. Highly-rated defender Thomas Lam was the only real talent leaving on a permanent basis to Nottingham Forest who has been decently replaced by a Ted van de Pavert from relegated De Graafschap.

Jans has once again capitalised on signing loanees as Ajax pair Queensy Menig and Django Warmerdam arrive for a season, as does Calvin Verdonk from Feyenoord and 18-year old Italian striker Hachim Mastour from AC Milan, who will wear number 98 this season, the highest in Eredivisie history.

Aiming to replace the goals of Veldwijk, is Anass Achahbar (#30 in the 2015 TDF Top 50) a permanent signing from Feyenoord. The 22-year-old attacker has seen few chances at De Kuip, but I am expecting big things this season under Jans’s coaching. With Menig, Youness Mokhtar and Mustafa Saymak providing for the striker, I can see Achahbar scoring at least 15 this season, possibly starting tonight at an overpriced 3/1 to score anytime with Bet365.

Looking across the squad and the potential line-up for Zwolle, I see nothing but quality that could achieve even better than the eighth place last campaign. In goal, is the highly-rated youngster Mickey van der Hart. Protecting him will be captain Bram van Polen and Calvin Verdonk at full-back while experienced head Dirk Marcellis will partner either Bart Schenkeveld or debutant Van de Pavert in the centre.

Up front, will see Achahbar flanked by Menig and the speedy wing-back Kingsley Ehizibue with the creativity of Moroccan international Mokhtar sitting in the behind them. The talents of Ryan Thomas, Max de Boom and Stef Nijland will be waiting on the bench if goals are needed later on.

In midfield, the pairing of Saymak and Wout Brama are vital to the team’s performance. Meanwhile, like I stated earlier, in comparison to the Nijmegen squad, I see PEC Zwolle winning this game tonight. There will be goals, as always in the majority of Eredivisie games, but I see backing Ron Jans’ boys to take home the victory at 7/5 again with Bet365.

TIP: PEC Zwolle to win (2PTS placed on 2.40 at Bet365)

TIP: Anass Achahbar to score anytime (2PTS placed on 4.00 at Bet365)

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EREDIVISIE PREVIEW: Antepost Betting Tips

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The Eredivisie season kicks off this Friday night and Will Burns is on hand with his thoughts on the nine months ahead.

The people of Eindhoven were worshipping De Graafschap on the final day of the season back in May, as the Superboeren prevented Ajax winning their 34th Eredivisie championship title. This campaign, the 60th anniversary of the Dutch top flight, will struggle to repeat a memorable story to match last season’s climax but Philip Cocu will not be complaining as I see them retaining the league title for the third consecutive year a lot easier than last.

Again for the big two, it has proven a summer of departures as PSV has lost Jeffrey Bruma to Wolfsburg while Maxine Lestienne and Marco van Ginkel have returned to their parent clubs after a season long loan deals. However, Cocu has completed a great piece of business and re-strengthened the defence with experienced German stopper Daniel Schwaab on a free from Stuttgart. Rumours are afoot that Jetro Willems and Jeroen Zoet could leave before the window closes at the end of the month but PSV have suitable back-up in Simon Poulsen and Joshua Brenet at the left-back position, while Hidde Jurjus has been recruited from De Graafschap for in-between the sticks. In addition, the money pot is bursting at the seams if Cocu wishes to restore some quality to the squad. Will this be the year that Steven Bergwijn is unleashed on the Eredivisie? If you have not heard the name… you will by the end of the year!

For Ajax, this season will all be about rebuilding as they have undergone major changes over the last three months and look to be slap bang in the middle of a transitional period. Frank de Boer has been replaced by former Vitesse boss Peter Bosz as first-teamers Arek Milik, Ricardo van Rhijn, Viktor Fischer and Mike van der Hoorn have followed out of the door. Bosz will be relying on youth to step up the plate and the Amsterdammers have plenty in defence to cover but attacking options are thin. Again, like the reigning champions, they have plenty in the coffers to recruit – time will tell if they will. For their leader Bosz, I fail to see him inspiring this Ajax side to honours over the next nine months.

The side I see challenging the closest for PSV’s crown this year is Feyenoord led by former Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst. Extending the stay of Dirk Kuyt was the best piece of the business this summer and the additions of Watford’s Steven Berghuis and Danish winger Nicolai Jørgensen has bolstered the creativity in attack with Lex Immers leaving for Cardiff seen as the only real casualty. The Rotterdammers have been way overvalued in the betting markets and I really think they could pip Ajax to second place. Get on Feyenoord each-way at SkyBet at a massive 12/1.

Until the window closes all three have potential to work on their squads but it looks like PSV look best equipped to retain the shield for the three-peat best priced with 888Sport at 5/4 and I envisage Luuk de Jong clinching the Golden Boot now that the Dutch goal-machine Vincent Janssen has crossed the North Sea to join Tottenham. De Jong is a short price but rightly so at 5/6 with 10Bet.

If you are looking for an each-way bet in the goalscoring stakes, Janssen’s replacement at AZ Alkmaar, Wout Weghorst is priced up at 14/1 with Unibet.

TIPS

PSV to win Eredivisie title (5PTS placed on 2.25 at 888Sport)

Feyenoord to win Eredivisie title (1PT Each-way on 13.00 at SkyBet)

Luuk de Jong Eredivisie top scorer (2.5PTS placed on 1.83 at 10Bet)

Wout Weghorst Eredivisie top scorer (1PT Each-way placed on 15.00 at Unibet)

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