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EREDIVISIE WEEK 20 PREVIEW – Sunday

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Sunday 26th January

Cambuur-Heerenveen

SC CAMBUUR vs. HEERENVEEN – 11:30

Last weekend, in the battle of the promoted sides, Cambuur pulled out a great 2-0 win against Go Ahead Eagles, meanwhile, Marco van Basten’s Heerenveen were unlucky not get the win in their 2-2 home draw with Roda JC.

Sunday should prove to be a totally different story for both sides. With Heerenveen’s attack triple threat of Hakim Ziyech, Bilal Basacikoglu and the Icelandic goal machine Alfred Finnbogason, this game promises to deliver goals. Heerenveen have proved this season to have great days away from home, and are undefeated in their last four league games.

Cambuur will find it hard to cope with the speed of Ziyech and Basacikoglu and trying to make sure Finnbogason does not score is also not easy after hitting the net 18 times in just 16 games so far this season. Look for Alfred to come up trumps once again, and lead his team to victory.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Heerenveen to win (8/5 – Betfair)

Vitesse-NEC

VITESSE vs. NEC NIJMEGEN – 11:30

NEC Nijmegen head to Vitesse on Sunday morning failing to win their last FOURTEEN away in the league, and since Vitesse have won seven of their last eight games, I think you can see where this prediction is going.

Even though he missed a penalty last week, whether he scoring or creating, on-loan superstar Lucas Piazón is on fire. The Brazilian is hitting real form for the Arnhem and combining plays with fellow Chelsea player Christian Atsu has fired Vitesse up to second, joint on points with leaders Ajax.

NEC have conceded at least two goals in their four away league matches so my best bet for this one is Vitesse to win by two or more goals, which is a cracking 8/5 at Bet365.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Vitesse to win by 2 goals or more (8/5 – Bet365)

Groningen-Twente

FC GRONINGEN vs. FC TWENTE – 13:30

Sitting in third, FC Twente are in fine form finding all three points in five of their last six games. In all those matches, Twente have been winning the game at half-time and full-time also.

Dušan Tadić, a contender for player of the season, is leading the charge with Twente searching for their second Eredivisie championship. His creativity, along with the speed and attacking prowess of young winger Quincy Promes, supplying striker Luc Castaignos is causing trouble for all Eredivisie defences.

Groningen sit nine points beneath Twente in sixth place and have only won one game in their last six, losing two. I can’t see past Twente taking all three points here and applying a little pressure to the leading pack.

BURNS’ BEST BET: FC Twente HT/FT (2/1 – BetVictor)

GAE-Ajax

GO AHEAD EAGLES vs. AJAX – 13:30

The hottest team in the league are the Eredivisie leaders Ajax, with their winning streak now up to seven matches. Apart from the influential Siem de Jong, the Amsterdammers are at full strength and after overcoming a tough first half against rivals PSV last week, they travel to Deventer to face Go Ahead.

This will be no easy feat for Ajax either with the Eagles undefeated at home in the last three games including the last two winning against PEC Zwolle and Utrecht.

With Vitesse hot on their tail, Ajax need to keep racking up the wins and I cannot see this game ending their winning streak.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Ajax HT/FT (11/10 – BetVictor)

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 20 PREVIEW – Friday & Saturday

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Week 20 of the Eredivisie is upon us and can Ajax and Vitesse maintain their good form and stay at the top of the pile or can Feyenoord catch up on Saturday and place a bit of pressure on them? Will Burns is here with this predictions and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Friday 24th January

Heracles-RKC

HERACLES vs. RKC WAALWIJK– 19:00

Currently undefeated in their last six Eredivisie games, RKC Waalwijk are surprising a lot of pundits in the Netherlands but on Friday night they face the tough challenge of Heracles.

With Romeo Castelen missing with a knee injury for RKC, it only get tougher. Heracles will want to bounce back from last week’s 3-1 defeat away to Twente, and will look to star player Bryan Linssen to get on the scoresheet.

The hosts will have Jeroen Veldmate serving a suspension for this game, after last Friday’s red card, but the central defensive pairing of Bart Schenkeveld and Ben Rienstra will cover in his absence.

Look for RKC to keep their undefeated run going by notching another point as I see this game being a draw, and with BetVictor offering 29/10, it’s a bet too good to miss especially when Heracles have just won one of their last six games at the Polman Stadion.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Draw (29/10 – BetVictor)

Saturday 25th January

ADO-Feyenoord

ADO DEN HAAG vs. FEYENOORD – 17:45

A huge 5-2 win away to Utrecht last Sunday meant Feyenoord have now won five out of the last five Eredivisie games, but sadly for the Rotterdam side, they were knocked out of the KNVB Beker on Wednesday in a tough 3-1 defeat away to Ajax.

ADO will be the fresher side with no midweek game this week but due to far superiority in Ronald Koeman’s camp, I cannot see Feyenoord not coming out the victors. At 4/7 (BetVictor) Graziano Pelle and co. might be worth adding to your accumulator but it is certainly not our best bet.

Like last week I fancy Feyenoord to win both half-time and full-time in this one and we stick with BetVictor again at 11/8. For the record, Koeman’s men have now won this bet in the last four Eredivisie matches.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Feyenoord HT/FT (11/8 – BetVictor)

NAC-PECZwolle

NAC BREDA vs. PEC ZWOLLE – 18:45

PEC Zwolle will be oozing with confidence after their trimpuant 5-1 win over Topklasse outfit JVC Cuijk in midweek to fire themselves into the semi-finals of the KNVB Beker.

No disrespect to JVC, but Zwolle will face a much stronger side in NAC Breda on Saturday evening. A side that is undefeated at home in the last six games, with five wins (AZ Alkmaar, Heracles, Go Ahead Eagles, PSV and Cambuur) and one draw (Groningen).

Breda have no real injury problems but Zwolle still are without strong powerful defender Darryl Lachman due to hamstring problem. Zwolle are on a four game losing streak in league games, but I can see the hunger to end that unwanted streak ending on Saturday. I can see this one ending as a draw and ending one streak for Zwolle, and continuing another for NAC.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Draw (13/5 – Bet365)

Roda-Utrecht

RODA JC vs. FC UTRECHT – 18:45

Both teams will be hurting after being knocked out of the Dutch cup in midweek, Roda at home to AZ (2-0) and Utrecht away to NEC (1-0).

Jon Dahl Tomasson still searches for his first win and he will be without main striker Krisztián Németh, after the Hungarian’s stupid red card on Tuesday night, as he serves his first of a five match suspension.

Both sides are in dire need of a win and I can see goals a plenty going in here. Utrecht started well last weekend against Feyenoord but ended up conceding five losing 5-2. Jan Wouters will be looking to capitalise on Roda’s poor form of losing their four Eredivisie games at the Parkstad Limburg Stadion. Roda have not won a game in eight league matches and you have to go back to late October when they defeated PSV for the last time they clinched all three points on offer.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Utrecht to win (29/10 – BetVictor)

PSV-AZ

PSV vs. AZ ALKMAAR – 19:45

Saturday night’s main event pits PSV vs. AZ in a repeat of the KNVB Beker final last May. Of course, the star of the show that day was Adam Maher, who has since swapped clubs.

On reflection, even before last week’s defeat to bitter rivals Ajax, PSV’s season is already over with only qualification to the Europa League to play for.  AZ can still hope to retain their Dutch cup after Tuesday’s 2-0 victory at Roda, and in the league they currently sit in 7th, a place and one point above Saturday’s opponents.

PSV were unlucky to not get at least a point at the Amsterdam Arena on Sunday, and the addition of Bryan Ruiz looks like he could inject life into the PSV attack, linking up well with Memphis Depay and Jürgen Locadia.

Look for PSV to be successful here as Phillip Cocu’s men have only lost once in their last 11 Eredivisie games (a 6-2 defeat against high-flying Vitesse). However, for my ‘best bet’ I pick Fulham’s on-loan winger Bryan Ruiz to score anytime, which you can pick up for 7/5 at Bet365.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Bryan Ruiz to score anytime (7/5 – Bet365)

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 19 PREVIEW – Sunday

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Sunday afternoon is De Klassieker, Ajax vs. PSV Eindhoven. The last time out, PSV embarrassed Ajax with a 4-0 drubbing – Frank de Boer will look for revenge and a win will mean that Ajax stay at the top of the pile.

Here’s Will Burns with a full preview of Sunday’s action.

Sunday 19th January

NEC-ADODenHaag

NEC NIJMEGEN vs. ADO DEN HAAG – 11:30

It is a battle at the bottom as ADO Den Haag (16th) travel to NEC Nijmegen (18th) on Sunday morning, gunning to be victorious for just the second time in the last 8 away matches.

Last time out NEC were defeated heavily 5-2 at Groningen, and just yesterday they strengthened their squad by the double loan signing of Geoffrey Castillion and Danzell Gravenberch from Ajax.

As ADO Den Haag have been losing at half-time and full-time in six of their last seven away fixtures, the best bet of the day has to be NEC Nijmegen HT/FT.

BURNS’ BEST BET: NEC Nijmegen HT/FT (12/5 – Bet365)

Cambuur-GoAheadEagles

SC CAMBUUR vs. GO AHEAD EAGLES – 13:30

With SC Cambuur sitting in 17th, head coach Dwight Lodeweges will be desperate to open up 2014 with a win. It may be difficult against Go Ahead Eagles on Saturday afternoon, the home side will be without their first choice right-back, as Wout Droste is serving a suspension.

Tenth-placed Go Ahead Eagles could be missing a key player with Erik Falkenburg doubtful, but thankfully for the away side, star striker Marnix Kolder has recovered from a back injury and declared himself fit for Saturday.

Cambuur have not fared well this season and only managed to win four matches all season and even though Go Ahead Eagles have lost five out of their last six away games, I’m picking the Eagles to soar in this one.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Go Ahead Eagles to win (3/1 – BetVictor)

Utrecht-Feyenoord

FC UTRECHT vs. FEYENOORD – 13:30

Ninth-placed FC Utrecht head into this home game with Ronald Koeman’s Feyenoord (4th) side with four first teamers out of action. Zambian striker Jacob Mulenga (thigh), Edouard Duplan (knee), Cedric van der Gun (knee) all miss out with injuries, but in better news for head coach Jan Wouters, top scorer Steven de Ridder returns after serving suspension.

Feyenoord are virtually full strength with only Swedish striker Samuel Armentaros absent due to a foot injury and Ruud Vormer with a groin problem.  The Rotterdam side are on a four-game winning streak trying to chase the leading pack in the Eredivisie championship race.

In the last three of those wins, Feyenoord have been leading at half-time so our best bet of the day would be to take Koeman’s men to win at HT/FT.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Feyenoord HT/FT (17/10)

Ajax-PSV

AJAX vs. PSV – 15:30

Leaving the best until last, the Eredivisie Week 19 closes with De Klassieker on Sunday afternoon at the Amsterdam Arena. In their last outing, Ajax suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to PSV in September at the Phillips Stadion. That game lit a fire under Ajax and no team have managed to extinguish it yet as the Amsterdammers have won eight of the 11 games since.

PSV are wallowing in mid-table obscurity (8th), as Ajax are neck and neck with Vitesse at the top of the division, Phillip Cocu’s side would love to stop De Boer’s men in their tracks, and help themselves creep closer to the leaders. Ajax have no injury worries, where PSV still are without infleutncial playmaker Georginio Wijnaldum (back) and striker Ola Toivonen (hamstring) and Tim Matavz (knee) will also fail to be fit on time for Sunday’s clash.

Ajax will start with Jasper Cillessen in goal and a back four of Ricardo van Rhijn, Joel Veltman, Niclas Moisander and Nicolai Boilsen, with Daley Blind moving into his new found defensive midfielder postion. This will allow Davy Klaassen and Thulani Serero go forward and help out Bojan, Viktor Fischer and Siem de Jong in attack.

Phillip Cocu is set to name Jeroen Zoet in nets, with Colombian right-back Santiago Arias, Jeffrey Bruma, Karim Rekik and Jetro Willems making up the defence. Across the midfield, Adam Maher, Stijn Schaars and Oskar Hiljemark will have the job of keeping Klaassen at bay, while Memphis Depay, Luciano Narsingh will look to use their speed to set-up lone striker Jurgen Locadia.

With two attacking line-ups, I am predicting goals and plenty of them. Although, I do think it will be a close affair, I cannot see Ajax not gaining revenge this time round but the best bet will be ‘Over 3.5 Goals’ with a 3-1 or 3-2 scoreline coming up trumps for the home side.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Over 3.5 Goals (31/20 – BetVictor)

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 19 PREVIEW – Friday & Saturday

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IT’S BACK! The Eredivisie returns this weekend and it should prove to be a explosive set of games starting with ‘The Derby of the East’ when FC Twente host Heracles on Friday evening, and accumlating on Sunday afternoon with De Klassieker, Ajax vs. PSV Eindhoven.

Here’s Will Burns with a full preview of the weekend’s action.

Friday 17th January

Twente-Heracles

FC TWENTE vs. HERACLES – 19:00

The opening Eredivisie match of 2014 is the ‘Derby of the East’ with Jan de Jonge’s Heracles making the short 30km drive to Enschede to face Michel Jansen’s FC Twente.

Twente sit in third place just three points behind leaders Ajax and Vitesse, and are on a seven game unbeaten streak, losing last to ADO in a close 3-2 affair back on October 26th. The trio of Dusan Tadic, Luc Castaignos and Quincy Promes are on fire this season, scoring 25 of the teams 41 goals. Jansen has no real injury problems, except for ten-goal Castaignos is doubtful with a mouth injury.

Heracles themselves have not tasted defeat for four games, including a fantastic hard-fought 2-2 draw at home to Vitesse in their last game. De Jonge heads into Friday with a lot of injury doubts, with star man Bryan Linssen, scored twice against Vitesse, struggling to get fit with a calf problem. On top of Linssen, central midfield duo Simon Cziommer (hip) and Ben Rienstra (flu) are both fighting against the clock to gain fitness.

If all three are missing, I doubt Heracles would have any chance of going to Twente and getting anything for their troubles. Twente have not lost a home game since May 2013, and a win for ‘The Pride of the East’ will put a little pressure on the top two, and give Twente fans hopes of clinching their second Eredivisie championship.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Twente to win by 2 goals (7/4 – William Hill)

Saturday 18th January

AZAlkmaar-NACBreda

AZ ALKMAAR vs. NAC BREDA – 17:45

AZ head coach Dick Advocaat lost a key player in Maarten Martens this week, in a two-year deal to PAOK Salonika – the Belgian, with 10 assists this season, was due to sign for the Greek side in the summer, but both parties decided to bring the transfer forward.

Advocaat’s side will be hoping their fortunes change this year, as they lost their last four games of 2013, and only picking up two points in their last six, which has caused them to drop to eighth in the division. Their opponents, NAC Breda sit in 12th, only two points adrift, and could jump up to eighth with a win.

NAC are in poor form away from home, currently on a five-game losing streak and will be hoping to end that on Saturday. Joey Suk misses out due to suspension after being sent off in a 4-0 defeat away to Ajax in early December. The Yellow Army won last time out 1-0 while hosting SC Cambuur, and defeated FC Groningen by the same scoreline last weekend in a friendly game.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Draw (3/1 – Betfair)

RKCWaalwijk-FCGroningen

RKC WAALWIJK vs. FC GRONINGEN – 18:45

The depleted RKC Waalwijk will find it tough against FC Groningen. First choice goalkeeper Jan Seda will be missing with an ankle injury, so look for Arjan van Dijk to cover for the Czech. Also on the treatment table is Romeo Castelen (knee) and Mart Lieder (cruicate ligament).

The sixth placed Groningen will be without the suspended Stefano Magnasco for collecting yellow cards for fun. The last time out, Groningen smashed five past NEC Nijmegen in a 5-2 win, with Michael de Leeuw notching a hat-trick.

If you’re having a flutter over the weekend, I’m suggesting you add Groningen to your accumulator. Although, NAC are unbeaten in their last four home games, and Groningen have only won one game away from home from the last nine, I feel the away side will come away the victors with the superior talent on show.

BURNS’ BEST BET: FC Groningen to win (31/20 – BetVictor)

PECZwolle-Vitesse

PEC ZWOLLE vs. VITESSE – 18:45

Vitesse are in a great position to win their first ever Eredivisie title and bringing in loanees Zakaria Labyad (Sporting Lisbon) and Bertrand Traoré (Chelsea) is only helping the cause.

Look for Vitesse to easily win this game, especially since PEC Zwolle are without Darryl Lachman, their star central defender, with a hamstring problem. Also, earlier this week, Zwolle sold their starting left-back Rochdi Achenteh to their opponents on Saturday, as the defender was in the last six months of his contract. Labyad and Traoré could make their debuts, but it’s hard to see Achenteh to be chosen ahead of the excellent Patrick van Aanholt on the left side of defence.

Zwolle, will hope Kamohelo Mokotjo, Jesper Drost and Fred Benson are on form to hit 2014 off to a good start, but it’s hard to see the makeshift defence being able to halt the Vitesse attack, especially when young Brazilian Lucas Piazón was firing on all cylinders before the winter break.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Vitesse to win HT/FT (2/1 – BetVictor)

Heerenveen-RodaJC

HEERENVEEN vs. RODA JC – 19:45

Jon Dahl Tomasson returns to Heerenveen in his debut as Roda’s head coach, but do not except it to be a successful first appearance on the sideline for the Dane. Roda have a weak side spiralling down to the bottom of the standings, Tomasson will have to strengthen the side for any hopes of avoiding relegation trouble.

I struggle to see Roda’s back line be able to cope with the creativity of Hakim Ziyech, the speed of Rajiv van la Parra and the goalscoring instincts of Icelandic hitman Alfred Finnbogason.

Tomasson will be without Roda’s star man of the half-season so far, Mark-Jan Fledderus with a groin injury, and Krisztian Nemeth is doubtful (toe).

With Finbogason already netted 17 times in 15 games, look for the Iceland international to add to his tally in Saturday’s late game and also expect other goals. The previous fixture back in September finished a 3-3 draw,

BURNS’ BEST BET: Finnbogason to score 2 or more (13/8 – Bet365)

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