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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 Frank de Boer has been replaced by former Vitesse boss Peter Bosz as first-teamers Arek Milik, Ricardo van Rhijn, Viktor Fischer and Mike van der Hoorn have followed out of the door.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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SUNDAY’S EREDIVISIE REPORT: WEEK SEVEN

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WEEK SEVEN – SUNDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2015

It was a frantic Sunday in the Eredivisie, which saw 15 goals scored across the four matches.

De Graafschap picked up their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw at home to Willem II. The Superboeren fought back valiantly from 2-0 down courtesy of a second half penalty from Cas Peters and an injury time winner from former Ajax man Vincent Vermeij. De Graafschap remain rooted to the bottom of the table but their comeback will be a significant confidence booster ahead of next week’s difficult home fixture with Feyenoord.

Feyenoord defeated PEC Zwolle for the second time in a week with a comfortable 2-0 win at De Kuip. PEC Zwolle were out for revenge after being knocked out of the KNVB Cup by Feynoord three days ago, and they managed to hold the hosts until half time. However, Feyenoord picked up their performance in the second half and goals from former Liverpool man Dirk Kuyt and Eljero Elia were enough to give Feyenoord the victory. The win took Feyenoord into second place, three points behind leaders Ajax.

The game of the day came from the Kyocera Stadium as Den Haag and Excelsior played out an exciting 3-3 draw. Den Haag have been one of the most exciting teams in the Eredivisie this campaign in terms of the number of goals scored and conceded, and this afternoon was no different. Mike Havenaar gave Den Haag the lead after just seven minutes, rifling home from inside the box. Adil Auassar leveled things up on the stroke of half time, before former West Brom full back Gianni Zuiverloon restored Den Haag’s lead after 49 minutes. Auassar scored his and Excesior’s second of the game after 62 minutes after converting Martin Hansen’s through ball. However, Den Haag went in front for the third time after 65 minutes through Havenaar’s second goal of the match. This looked to be the winning goal until Brandley Kuwas struck nine minutes from time to earn Excelsior a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere, FC Twente picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Roda JC, who had only lost once before today. Jari Oosterwijk headed home Twente’s first after 25 minutes, before Hakim Ziyech set up Kamohelo Mokotjo just four minutes later. Roda managed to pull a goal back with 81 minutes on the clock through forward Tomi Juric, but it only turned out to be a consolation with Twente picking up all three points, which lifted them out of the relegation zone.

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EREDIVISIE Week Six Preview and Betting Tips

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As we enter the sixth week of games in the Eredivisie, Simon Prue returns with his selections to make a profit this weekend – good luck!

Saturday 19th September

Zwolle-ADO

PEC ZWOLLE vs. ADO DEN HAAG (18:45 BST)

Okay, so last week did not go to plan and whilst there were over 2.5 goals, Ajax’s defence was breached for the first time this season after 20 minutes, followed by another goal just after the break. Annoyingly, El Ghazi did not score either of Ajax’s goals but I’m feeling more confident about this week’s selection.


PEC Zwolle have started the season impressively by winning three of their five games without losing in this period. Ron Jans’ Zwolle have scored in every game this campaign, and on Saturday they host a Den Haag side that has seen over 3.5 goals land in both of their away games so far. In support of this, Zwolle–ADO has produced over 3.5 goals in the last three meetings at the IJsseldelta Stadion. It’s 13/8 (Bet365) for this to happen again.

Whilst the Over 3.5 match goals is tempting, I’m particularly attracted to the team goals market this week. Zwolle have notched at least two goals in each of their three home games this season and there is no reason why this trend will not continue against a Den Haag side who lost 4-0 to Ajax in their last away fixture. Therefore, I’d say PEC Zwolle to score over 1.5 goals (4/5 at Bet365) is one of the bets of the weekend in the Eredivisie.

BEST BET: PEC Zwolle to score over 1.5 team goals (4/5 at Bet365)

OTHER TIPS: PEC Zwolle – Den Haag over 3.5 match goals (13/8 at Bet365)

 

 

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EREDIVISIE Week Five Preview and Betting Tips

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Back after the international break, we enter the fifth week of games in the Eredivisie, Simon Prue is with his selections and like all his tips – good luck!

Saturday 12th September

Twente-Ajax

FC TWENTE vs. AJAX (17:45 BST)

This is a fixture Ajax have generally enjoyed over the past seven seasons or so, as they have not lost to FC Twente since November 2009. Although the last two meetings at De Grolsch Veste have finished 1-1, these two Dutch sides have experienced polar opposite starts to the season.

Ajax have won all four Eredivisie games this campaign, scoring 12 goals without reply. On the other hand, Twente have succumbed to three defeats and they have only picked up one solitary point, which came away at Groningen on the opening day. To top all of this, FC Twente lost their only home game so far 1-4 against Den Haag, and ejected head coach Alfred Schreuder from the under pressure hot seat, so things are looking bleak for the Tukkers.


Given the evidence of how these sides have started this season, I really fancy Ajax to keep up their winning form in this one. Ajax are 4-5 (Betfair) to beat FC Twente, which is great for people betting with large stakes, but there is certainly value in the ‘result/total goals’ market. Twente have scored in 75% of their matches this season and history suggests they usually score in this fixture, but I think Ajax’s attacking power will be too much for them. Therefore, I think Ajax to win & over 2.5 goals is a good bet at 8/5 (Bet365).

Fancy a scorer? It is not an ambitious selection but Anwar El Ghazi has started the season tremendously by scoring six goals in four games and I don’t think the Eredivisie’s top goalscorer can be overlooked in a game which typically produces goals.

BEST BET: Ajax to win with over 2.5 goals (8/5 at Bet365)

SAFE BET: Ajax to win (4/5 at Betfair)

OTHER TIPS: Anwar El Ghazi to score anytime (5/4 at Bet365)

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EREDIVISIE Week Three Preview and Betting Tips

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As we enter the third week of games in the Eredivisie, Will Burns returns with his selections and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Saturday 22nd August

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SC HEERENVEEN vs. PSV – 18:45 BST

Reigning Eredivisie champions PSV looked dominant last weekend in the 2-0 win over FC Groningen and tonight away to the also undefeated Heerenveen, I expect more of the same. Although, Dwight Lodeweges side are well capable of finding a goal and both keepers should see plenty action.

Heerenveen have had PSV’s number the past three seasons at the Abe Lenstra Stadion, defeating the Eindhoven side the last three occasions at home. With the addition of target man, Mitchell te Vrede in the summer from Feyenoord, to go with the attacking wingers of Sam Larsson and Luciano Slagveer, I see Heerenveen being a major threat in this match.

Philip Cocu has another great squad at his disposal and with Andres Guadrado’s tremendous defensive midfield play which allows Adam Maher to roam in a new number ten role, PSV look like they are missing the efforts of Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum. Luuk de Jong is still in good form and Luciano Narsingh notched twice in last week’s win over Groningen, PSV have plenty goals in their locker.

For our best bet this weekend, PSV to win with Over 3.5 Goals is valued at 11/4 at Bet 365 and I can envisage PSV grabbing a high scoring 3-2 or a 3-1 win. If you want to play it safe, if Cocu’s men to win with Both Teams to Score is valued at 21/10.

BEST BET: PSV to win with Over.3.5 Goals (3/2 at Bet365)

OTHER TIPS: PSV to win with Both Teams to Score (21/10 at Bet 365)

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EREDIVISIE Week Two Preview and Betting Tips

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With eight games over the next two days, Will Burns is here with the best way to make a profit this weekend and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Saturday 15th August

Excelsior-AZ

EXCELSIOR vs. AZ ALKMAAR – 17:30 BST

After the disappointing start to their campaign, AZ Alkmaar head to Rotterdam to kick start the season against Excelsior.

Excelsior themselves tasted defeat at the hands of newly-promoted N.E.C. Nijmegen and will look to this game to grab their first points of the season, however, I see John van der Brom’s side will prove to be strong. The Roodzwarten will be without usual first-teamer Luigi Bruins with AZ coming into the game with a full-strength squad.

Vincent Janssen (TDFTop50 #31) should receive plenty of chances this season with Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Joris van Overeem and Guus Hupperts ready to supply the striker and with the weak defensive that Excelsior possesses, he may attract some value this evening. For him to score anytime is valued at Bet365.com at 7/5, but for him to notch two or more, you can grab that at a huge 15/2.

Meanwhile, the best value, and less risk I see is AZ to win at 3/2. I cannot see anything else happening in this apart from AZ leaving the Stadion Woudestein with all three points

BEST BET: AZ to win (3/2 at Bet365)

OTHER TIPS: Vincent Janssen – Anytime Goalscorer (7/5 at Bet365)

Vincent Janssen to score two or more (15/2 at Bet365)

 

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EREDIVISIE Week One (Part Two) Preview and Betting Tips

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Tuesday and Wednesday sees the culmination of the first week of fixtures of the new Eredivisie season and Will Burns returns with his selections for Tuesday’s ADO-PSV game and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Tuesday 11th August

ADO-PSV

ADO DEN HAAG vs. PSV – 17:30 BST

You can watch this game via the red button on Sky Sports at 17:30 BST.

Reigning Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven travel to The Hague on Tuesday evening to start their new season at the same venue when the title-winning campaign ended.

That afternoon, although under no pressure, the Eindhoven side ran out 3-2 winners and I feel this contest could be won in similar vein. PSV, apart from an injury to starting left-back Jetro Willems, are at full strength and will prove to be too powerful for a Henk Fraser ADO side that has lost last season’s top scorer Michiel Kramer, after his transfer to Feyenoord.

Fraser is set to replace Kramer with former Vitesse target-man Mike Havanaar but the Japanese international will not be available for this match. ADO have some tricky players at their disposal including Ronald Alberg and new signings, Xander Houtkoop and Ruben Schaken (4/1 Anytime Goalscorer – Bet365) who are all capable of popping up with a goal.

Can they score? Of course they can but I still feel PSV will prevail as the stronger outfit especially taking last weekend’s Johan Cruijff Schaal performance, a 3-0 smashing of FC Groningen. Luuk de Jong and Adam Maher shone that Sunday and with the latter playing in a new free role in the midfield, could be likely to pop with a goal at 7/4 (Anytime Goalscorer – Bet365).

The best value I see is the goals market combining with a PSV win. For Philip Cocu’s men to win and also be over 2.5 goals in the game, Betfair offer the best price of 11/10 and I see this as out ‘Best Bet’ in this game.

BEST BET: PSV to win with Over 2.5 Goals (11/10 at Betfair Sportsbook)

OTHER TIPS: Ruben Schaken – Anytime Goalscorer (4/1)

Adam Maher – Anytime Goalscorer (7/4 both at Bet365)

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KNVB BEKER FINAL Preview & Betting Tips

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Sunday 3rd May

Zwolle-Groningen

PEC ZWOLLE vs. FC GRONINGEN (17:00 BST)

Ron Jans has big game experience as he leads his side into yet another final searching for his third trophy in just over twelve months as PEC Zwolle face FC Groningen in the KNVB Beker showdown at De Kuip. Looking to make a profit from the match, Will Burns discusses on what bets show the most value this coming Sunday afternoon in Rotterdam.

Zwolle can thank playmaker Jesper Drost for yet another successful season. The team currently sits in seventh in the Europa League playoff positions and the 22-year-old has been involved in more goals during this season’s Eredivisie campaign than any other player in the squad, notching eight goals with seven assists.

Attacking midfielder Stef Nijland, whom Jans has employed as a striker for part of the season, is the team’s top scorer on 11 goals. Czech international Tomas Necid is joint second with Drost on eight goals apiece.

Just below them in eighth is Sunday’s opposition, Edwin van der Looi’s FC Groningen. The Pride of the North are undefeated in the last six games which has helped sit on the edge of the playoffs themselves, however if they were to lose on Sunday, they would enter in place of Zwolle, who would qualify automatically for the tournament outright.

Van der Looi has relied heavily on Tjaronn Chery and Michael de Leeuw for goals this season, with both attackers top the tally charts on 14 each. Zwolle will also have to be aware of the aerial threat of Brazilian centre-back Eric Botteghin, who has headed three goals this term and can be a real hazard at attacking set-pieces.

In an ironic twist, Zwolle and Groningen meet next weekend in the penultimate group of the games in the Eredivisie season.

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Zwolle just have a knack of coming up big in the big games and after defeating the mighty Ajax 5-1 in last year’s final, Jans’ side will be hopeful of retaining the trophy and at a handsome 31/20 that looks a great bet at Bet Victor. Groningen are just outside that at 17/20 with the draw on 90 minutes valued at 12/5.

One thing for sure, looking at the goals markets, this game should see the goalkeepers tested often. Zwolle have only kept one clean sheet in their last 12 matches, with Groningen going one better with two shutouts in the same amount of games. On that note, Both Teams to Score is coming in at a decent 4/6. If your feeling really lucky why not combine Zwolle and BTTS for a massive 19/5.

RECCOMMENDED BETS

Zwolle to win – 31/20

Both Teams to Score – 4/6

Zwolle to win with Both Teams to Score – 19/5

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 4: Sunday’s Preview & Betting Tips

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Sunday brings three live games to Sky Sports 5 from the ever entertaining Eredivisie and Will Burns is here to select his four top tips.

SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST

PSV-Vitesse

PSV vs. VITESSE (11:30 BST)

Philip Cocu’s PSV are oozing with confidence after last weekend’s 3-1 victory in ‘De Topper’ against bitter rivals Ajax. The speed of Luciano Narsingh and Memphis Depay on opposite wings, demolished the Amsterdammers defence in the second half and I see these two causing problems for Peter Bosz’ Vitesse.

Depay, Europe’s most-wanted, gave the Eindhoven side another boost and signed a new contract this past week, he will be looking for celebrate his stay with more goals. The 20-year-old has currently netted five times in just three league games and eight in six of the season so far.

Without a win this season, Bosz’s side have now lost their last six away games in the Eredivisie and you can expect that dreary run to continue. Zakaria Labyad has made a strong start this season and with the team devoid of an out-and-out striker and struggling to finish chances, he will be the visitors’ main threat.

Many defences will fail to cope with PSV this season and with the Arnhem outfit already conceded eight goals in three matches, Vitesse could see a beating. Expect to witness goals and De Boeren winning by at least two with PSV -1 on the handicap valued at 7/5.

RECCOMMENDED BETS

PSV -1 (7/5 – Betfair)

 

Groningen-Ajax

FC GRONINGEN vs. AJAX (13:30 BST)

FC Groningen host a wounded animal in Ajax and Frank de Boer will be looking to this game as the perfect chance to get back to winning ways, although this may be a tough test at the Euroborg Stadion.

Groningen’s home form is excellent and they are currently on a six-game winning streak and like PSV, Edwin van der Looi’s side possess a lot of pace in attack. Until last Sunday’s 3-0 defeat away to ADO Den Haag, Groningen have no trouble scoring with six goals in two games and Ajax proved last weekend they are vulnerable defensively.

As Ajax look for an unprecedented fifth Eredivisie title in succession they are lacking a top striker. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, recently linked with Queens Park Rangers, and on-loan forward Arkadiusz Milik have failed to inspire in the opening games so De Boer has relied on midfielders Lasse Schöne and Davy Klaassen along with 19-year-old wide striker Anwar El Ghazi to find the net this term.

A total of fourteen goals have been scored by these two sides in their first three outings, so the goalkeepers should have a real workout in this one. Over 3.5 Goals is valued at 6/4 and I see this is the best way to make a profit in this match.

RECCOMMENDED BETS

Over 3.5 Goals (6/4 – Betfair)

 

NAC-Zwolle

NAC BREDA vs. PEC ZWOLLE (13:30 BST)

After European heartache midweek, Ron Jans will be hoping PEC Zwolle can bounce back with a win over NAC Breda, who are yet to win a game this season.

Sparta Prague ran out 3-1 winners on Thursday to knock Jans’ men out on their first ever European adventure. One thing is on their mind this season – get back into the Europa League. Sunday brings a good chance to help those dreams as they travel to Breda to face perennial strugglers NAC. NAC have Adnane Tighouadini to thank for the two draws they have achieved this season against Excelsior and last weekend against Twente.

However, I feel PEC Zwolle with a 100% record in the Eredivisie will be out to rectify Thursday’s defeat and they should have too much for NAC and leave Breda come Sunday afternoon will all three points. Betfair offer 7/4 for the Zwolle win and this price is decent for a team with three wins in three in the league this campaign.

RECCOMMENDED BETS

Zwolle to win (7/4 – Betfair)

 

Twente-Feyenoord

FC TWENTE vs. FEYENOORD (15:45 BST)

After selling the bulk of their stars in the summer, the Rotterdammers have suffered a stuttering season so far. After being emphatically knocked out of the Champions League by Beşiktaş, Fred Rutten’s side then a found narrow win against ADO before being held to a draw to Heerenveen.

Then last Sunday, Feyenoord suffered a bad defeat at De Kuip against FC Utrecht and one weak link in that game was young defender Sven van Beek. Big things are predicted for the 20-year-old centre-back however, he was easily beaten by teenager Rodney Antwi to score his first ever professional goal in the Utrecht’s 2-1 win.

Van Beek will have to deal with bigger and better things this Sunday, with six-foot two-inch striker Luc Castaignos looking sharp at the start of the campaign. Supplying him is skilful winger Youness Mokhtar and a new look midfield of Hakim Ziyech and Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Three great talents that have shown over the past season, that they are capable of providing the magic to win a game. Twente have the team to punish Feyenoord and I am backing the boys from Enschede at 21/20  to clinch all three points.

RECCOMMENDED BETS

Twente to win (21/20 – Betfair)

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 4: Saturday’s Preview & Betting Tips

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The Eredivisie on Saturday brings four games and Will Burns returns to provide you of his top four bets to make an profit this weekend.

SATURDAY 30TH AUGUST

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SC CAMBUUR vs. ADO DEN HAAG (17:30 BST)

After a great win last weekend demolishing of FC Groningen, ADO Den Haag travel to Leeuwarden to face a Cambuur side that are undefeated in three games including an away win to Heracles last weekend. Will Burns thinks this game could be a low scoring stalemate.

Sixth play seventh in the Eredivisie, and I see this being a game that is tight as those positions are. ADO added Timothy Derjick to their defensive options this week from PSV to tighten up a defence that has only concede three in three games, now in the Eredivisie, that is a great ratio!

This fixture has seen some goals in that past with Cambuur have seen over 2.5 goals in their last four matches against ADO Den Haag in all competitions at Cambuur Stadion. Although, I see these two competing in a midfield battle that may end a 1-1 or even, dare I say it a 0-0.

Betfair offer the draw at 13/5 and I see this being a price too good to ignore.

RECCOMMENDED BETS

Draw (13/5 – Betfair)

Dordrecht-AZ

FC DORDRECHT vs. AZ ALKMAAR (18:45 BST)

AZ Alkmaar will look to bounce back from their defeat to Eredivisie newcomers Willem II (3-0) last weekend with a trip to another newly promoted side, FC Dordrecht. Will Burns thinks Marco van Basten may find it tough on Saturday.

Van Basten will be looking to change AZ’s fortunes away from home after failing to win nine of their last ten games on the road in the league. The introduction of Guus Hupperts from relegated Roda JC has not seen the success that many were predicting, however, after just three games who am I to judge?

Dordrecht have made a solid return to the Dutch top flight with a win, a defeat and a draw so far. Going one better than their opponents after AZ have been defeated by Ajax and the aforementioned Willem II, after a opening day win against the poor-looking Heracles.

Once again, Betfair value the draw at 13/5 and this is worth a decent stake to gain some profit.

RECCOMMENDED BETS

Draw (13/5 – Betfair)

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EXCELSIOR vs. HERACLES (18:45 BST)

Excelsior’s first choice goalkeeper Jordy Decker is suspended for the visit of Heracles for his red card last weekend’s late defeat against Heerenveen. Debutant Alessandro Damen will replace him however, Will Burns does not think the new stopper will see much action as his side should overcome the boys from Almelo.

Heracles prop up the league with three defeats in three and are on a terrible running that continued at the end of the last campaign, totalling their seven losses in their last eight Eredivisie matches. Manager Jan de Jonge was booed off in last weekend’s home defeat to Cambuur and his job could be in jeopardy if they concede this game to newly promoted Excelsior.

The smaller of the two Eredivisie Rotterdam sides have performed above their station drawing against relegation contenders NAC Breda on the opening day and then defeating Go Ahead Eagles in a five-goal thriller the next week. Their last game was the 2-0 defeat to Heerenveen which they held strong until the 82nd minute dismissal of Deckers.

I predict Heracles’ dreary run to continue and Excelsior claim all three point which is available at 6/5 at Betfair.

RECCOMMENDED BETS

Excelsior to win (6/5 – Betfair)

Heerenveen-Utrecht

HEERENVEEN vs. FC UTRECHT (19:45 BST)

Dwight Lodeweges found his first win of the season in a ‘lucky win’ over Excelsior but with the talents of Daley Sinkgraven, Luciano Slagveer and Sam Larsson pulling the strings, Will Burns thinks Heerenveen could win again in Saturday’s late game.

Utrecht themselves have returned to winning ways, claiming all six points in their last two games (home to Willem II and away to Feyenoord). Last weekend in Rotterdam, could be seen as a ‘lucky win’ too with Feyenoord crumbling in the second-half to gift Utrecht the victory.

The sale of Jens Toornstra will not help matters for Rob Alflen’s side but signing Liverpool’s Kristoffer Peterson midweek may have calmed supporters nerves. Utrecht are capable of scoring goals however, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in the opening three matchdays and Heerenveen should find a way through here. Sinkgraven, Slagveer and Larsson all have sufficient talent to put Kai Heerings and Ramon Leeuwin under pressure and get past Robbin Ruiter in goal.

Betfair offer a great 2/1 for a Heerenveen win but Utrecht to score and this is my final recommended bet of Saturday’s matches.

RECCOMMENDED BETS

Heerenveen to win with both teams to score – (3/1 – Betfair)

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 4: Friday’s Preview & Betting Tips

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FRIDAY 29TH AUGUST

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GO AHEAD EAGLES – WILLEM II (19:00 BST)

Matchday four begins with the new boys in town who will visit Go Ahead Eagles. The hosts started dreadful with only one point after three matches and will be looking for a three-pointer versus an unlucky Willem II writes Martijn Hilhorst.

Not because of their recent results which are pretty great but due to available players. One of their key players Bruno Andrade is out with an injury while the newest signing Samuel Armenteros is not allowed to start this weekend due to his transfer paperwork not completed in time.

Where Armenteros can’t start, Sander Duits will. He completed his transfer move this Tuesday to Go Ahead Eagles. The captain from RKC Waalwijk is a midfielder with a great pass, but a bit aggressive some times. He have made a lot of stupid fouls which ended in multiple cards.

Go Ahead Eagles had an awful start and this match won’t be one to gain confidence nor the expected three points. We think Willem II will play very defensive and score at least twice on the counter. They have three pacey forwards who will destroy the Go Ahead Eagles defence.

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Draw (13/5 – Betfair)

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EUROPA LEAGUE PREVIEW & BETTING TIPS

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Four Eredivisie sides in Europa League playoff action this Thursday night and Total Dutch Football’s Will Burns, Lawk Raoof and Ryan O’Grady provide their best bets for all four encounters.

THURSDAY 28TH AUGUST

EUROPA LEAGUE PLAYOFF SECOND LEG

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FC SHAKHTYOR SOLIGORSK vs. PSV (18:00 BST)

The return leg in the Borisov Arena in Belarus will be an interesting match. The prize is €2m or €3m for qualifying, big interest and big prizes for both the teams, who will prevail? Lawk Raoof thinks PSV will find life easy in Belarus.

With a marginal 1-0 home win for PSV in the first leg, this upcoming clash for a Europa League place is hardly settled. The Eindhoven side narrowly defeated a good organized Shaktyor Soligorsk and with the previous Eredivisie clash against arch enemy Ajax, it will be a tough fight to win this game for De Boeren. With the great prize money on the line, both teams will be eager to get through. The home advantage cannot be ignored, winning 5-1 against Derry City and a 5-2 victory against Zulte Waregem are great wins and shows the power and thrive this teams has got in their home ties.

However PSV take with them two players in real form, Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay will be the great weapons for this match. Also, with the one goal lead, PSV can relax and Shaktyor has to attack to force a goal. This leads to an opportunity for Philip Cocu’s side to profit from the room they will get and counter, which was proven to be deadly against Ajax on Sunday.

Place a small stake on 2-0 for a PSV win, as the counter attack combined with the individual class of Depay and Wijnaldum means they will easily win this match in Belarus.

RECOMMENDED BET

PSV to win 2-0 (7/1 – Bet Victor)

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FC TWENTE vs. QARABAĞ FK (18:30 BST)

Qarabag FK held FC Twente to 0-0 draw in Azerbaijan last week but Will Burns thinks Alfred Schreuder’s men should progress comfortably.

Qarabag showed last week that they had talents that could threaten Twente. The Brazilian contingent of Danilo Leandro Dias, Chumbinho, Richard Almeida and Reynaldo created problems from Darryl Lachman and Rasmus Bengtsson. However, Schreuder can boast talents like Hakim Ziyech, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Youness Mokhtar, Kasper Kusk and Luc Castaignos, the Enschede side are too strong to see a decent victory come full-time.

Except the home side to come out of this match with a two or three goal win to progress into the Europa League group stages in style.

RECOMMENDED BET

Twente -1 (13/8 – Bet Victor)

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FEYENOORD vs. ZOYRA LUHANSK (19:00 BST)

After an awful display at the weekend, Fred Rutten’s Feyenoord will look to bounce back on Thursday and send themselves through to the Europa League group stages, Ryan O’Grady believes they can.

A potentially season-changing game awaits Feyenoord on Thursday night. An uneventful and rather dull first leg ended in 1-1 draw which means that if the second leg ends 0-0, which is a possibility consider the performances in the first leg, it will see Feyenoord progress into the group stages.

However if Zorya were able to spring an upset and Feyenoord were knocked out then it is almost certain that Jordy Clasie will leave, if it is has not already (he missed training on Monday adding more fuel to the fire). Such a top quality player isn’t likely to stay with the club if there is no European competition and it could also affect whom the club bring in as no Europa League means less money with which Fred Rutten and the board will able to play with, which is likely to completely rule out the signing of a striker such as Guidetti, a signing that already didn’t look promising.

A much improved performance is needed for Fred Rutten’s side after a disappointing defeat at home to FC Utrecht at the weekend, whilst Zorya are coming off the back of a 0-0 draw away to Chernomorets.

RECOMMENDED BET

Feyenoord to win 2-1 (8/1 – Bet Victor)

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SPARTA PRAGUE vs. PEC ZWOLLE (19:20 BST)

Ron Jans’ PEC Zwolle are in the form team in the Netherlands right now, starting an undefeated season with wins over Vitesse and Ajax, however Will Burns thinks it may be tough in Prague on Thursday night.

Zwolle improved vastly in the second half on Sunday to clinch a great 2-1 win over Vitesse and were dreadfully unlucky not to grab a win last Thursday. After missing a penalty in the first leg, defender Maikel van der Werff scored a free-kick, albeit deflected, on Sunday in the home victory.

They travel to Prague to face Sparta who over the weekend lost a derby match against Dukla Prague by a goal to nil, which may inspire them to triumph in this match to appease the home fans. They currently sit fourth in the Czech top flight with nine points in five games.

This match could be a tight one, with Sparta defending their away goal or Zwolle will go forward in search to a vital away goal themselves. Either way, expect this game to finish a draw, either going to extra time (1-1) or a Zwolle away goals win (2-2).

RECOMMENDED BET

Draw (3/1 – Bet Victor)

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Eredivisie Week 3: Ajax vs. PSV preview and betting tips

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SUNDAY 24TH AUGUST

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AJAX vs. PSV (15:45 BST)

This Sunday, Ajax Amsterdam face PSV Eindhoven in a crucial early season match-up at the Amsterdam ArenA. Both sides are red-hot after two matches and the winner will have the upper hand in the hunt for the Eredivisie title, which looks to be a two horse race between the two clubs writes Alex Pieter.

Daley Blind & Memphis Depay

The PSV attack is firing on all cylinders after defeating NAC Breda by a count of 6-1 last weekend. The Ajax attack has not been too shabby itself, tallying seven goals in two matches. This match will come down to which side can defend better.

PSV has a strong central-defensive duo in the likes of Karim Rekik and Jeffrey Bruma. Jetro Willems is also a capable left-back however; the weak spot that Ajax must exploit is right-back Santiago Arias. NAC had success going at the young Colombian and Arias will face a much stronger attack this weekend. Whether he can hold up against the likes of Lasse Schöne, Thulani Serero, Davy Klaassen, Ricardo Kishna and Daley Blind will go a long way in determining the result for PSV.

The biggest question mark for the Ajax defence heading into this weekend’s showdown is the fitness of right-back Ricardo van Rhijn. Van Rhijn has been battling a hamstring injury throughout the summer, but hopes to make his comeback this weekend. Frank de Boer will have a big decision on his hands determining whether Van Rhijn is fit to start. The replacement is Ruben Ligeon, who has looked shaky at times in the first few matches. Another question facing the Ajax coach is whether to stick with Mike van der Hoorn at centre-back or go back to Joël Veltman. Veltman will be the starter in due time, but Van der Hoorn has looked solid in his first two matches. Ajax will line up with Niklas Moisander and Nicolai Boilesen as the other central defender and left-back, respectively.

Another question for Ajax is the striker situation. The plans Samuel Eto’o seems to have fallen through. As a result it will be up to Arkadiusz Milik, Kolbeinn Sigthórsson and Zivkovic to carry the load. Although Sigthórsson’s future in Ajax is in question, as a move to Queens Park Rangers looms, and his status for this weekend is still up in the air. Ajax will need big performances out of their wingers and attacking-midfielder Davy Klaassen.

The uncertainty in the Ajax camp is nothing new, as they are more than used to transfer rumours and injury problems. Last year’s captain Siem de Jong spent much of the season battling various injury problems as did Nicolai Boilesen. Frank de Boer is a seasoned coach who always seems to find a way to get the job done.

PSV have yet to reach their full potential. Adam Maher has not played like he is capable of, Luuk de Jong is still finding his feet in a new environment and coach Philip Cocu is still perfecting his rotation. They look to be Ajax’s biggest title challenger this year, with some even coining them the league favourites. If they are to be considered legitimate contenders, they will need to get at least a point in Amsterdam this weekend.

KEY PLAYERS

DALEY BLIND

By now most people know of Blind and what he is capable of. It is blatantly obvious Ajax are a much better team when Blind is in the starting line-up. They looked lost without him in the Johan Cruyff Schaal match against PEC Zwolle. He allows Klaassen to play further up the pitch, where he is most effective. Blind’s distribution also gives Ajax many added dimensions going forward and with the striker situation still in flux, Blind will be the key to unlocking the PSV defence. If he is able to find the likes of Ricardo Kishna, Anwar El-Ghazi, Klaassen and Schöne in space, it bodes well for the Amsterdammers. Blind is also adds extra protection in front of the backline, something that will be crucial against the high powered offense of PSV.

MEMPHIS DEPAY

There is no bigger name in the Eredivisie at the moment. Depay is on the radar of the top clubs from leagues across Europe and his future at PSV has been in constant flux. He is under contract at PSV until 2017, meaning if a club wants him they will have to pay up, likely in excess of €20 million. Depay is the focal point of the PSV attack, though they have other talented players in support, they will look to Depay to shoulder the load. It is not a matter of shutting down Depay for Ajax, he will get his chances, he is that good, it is a matter of controlling those chances and limiting them. If Depay is able to make the most of his chances and pick out his teammates it could spell big trouble for Ajax.

PREDICTION

Both teams are facing distractions, with each club dealing with transfer rumours regarding their star players. Additionally, PSV faced a Europa League playoff match on Thursday night. On paper, PSV has more talent than Ajax and there is little evidence to say otherwise. However, football is not played on paper and Ajax have a better team than PSV. Frank de Boer is the best manager in the Eredivisie and he has the Amsterdam giants headed in the right direction. Also, Ajax has home advantage, where they are extremely tough to beat.

RECCOMMENDED BETS

Ajax to win (9/10 – Bet Victor)

Ajax to win 3-2 correct score (20/1 – Bet Victor)

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