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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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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

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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

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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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EREDIVISIE PREVIEW: Ajax vs. PEC Zwolle

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There’s no getting away from this fixture, some are relishing it some are dreading it. Ajax has lost two trophies in two seasons to Zwolle surely revenge is in the air come Sunday right? Maybe see PSV, Ajax and Zwolle all sit level on 15 points top of the league so this game will be closer than many fans will predict writes Nathan Hyland.

Ajax almost at full strength Viktor Fischer is still out but Lasse Schöne expected to return after missing the last two league games one of the games was the 5-2 drubbing of NAC Breda where Kolbeinn Sigthorsson netted three and could of had four but decided to give the fan in row Z his hat-trick ball as he missed a penalty in dramatic fashion. Klaassen took it upon himself to be the creative spark with three assists.

Ricardo van Rhijn scored another to make that two in two for him and Joël Veltman bagging one. So strong going forward but the back is a cause for concern this week. After conceding two to an average NAC side they will really have to tighten the back up this Sunday. Veltman can sometimes be reckless flying into challenges and Nicolai Boilesen who tends to cancel out offside traps, concentration must be at 100% against a decent looking PEC Zwolle side.

Anwar El Ghazi I expect will be sacrificed for Lucas Andersen who is doing a great job so far even scoring the goal in the 1-1 draw with APOEL on Tuesday. I predict a front three partnership of Andersen/Sigthorsson/Schone looking to pull the Zwolle defence left and right and no doubt using Sigthorsson aerial prowess.

Fun fact: Ajax has won the last four home matches against Zwolle in the league.

Zwolle coach Ron Jans could have a headache when it’s time to select the team, up to five players missing come Sunday. Kevin Begois, Leroy Labylle, Thanasis Karagounis and former Ajax kid Jody Lukoki are all absent from this match.

Last game PEC won 4-2 against bottom side Heracles and prior to the cup game against FC Oss lost 1-0 to AZ Alkmaar. Despite that defeat, Zwolle still finds themselves tied for top spot so there is all to play for. Zwolle will head into this game Sunday with playmaker Jesper Drost and Czech international Tomas Necid in fine form which doesn’t bode well for a leaky Ajax defence.  Neither Ajax nor Zwolle will want to lose any ground to PSV when this game week is over. PEC will probably line up 4-2-3-1 with Necid being supported by Thomas/Drost/Saymak for quick counter attacking football.

PREDICTION

Ok so I’m an Ajax fan through and through and when I see the team name PEC Zwolle it descends red mist over my eyes as much as Utrecht and Feyenoord do. Credit to their manager Ron Jans for getting them this far but surly this is the demolition all Ajax fans have been waiting for. I’m going for a 4-1 win to Ajax who on Sunday will be like a pack of hungry sharks. Once they get the taste of blood expect them to savage Zwolle. Think Mary Poppins flying over a mortar range…….

This could get very ugly.

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EREDIVISIE PREVIEW: NAC Breda vs. Ajax

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Ajax luckily took three points in last weekend’s De Klassieker with an amazing free kick from Ricardo Van Rhijn that sealed the win.

“A win what was a morel outrage” Feyenoord captain Jordy Clasie said in an interview after the game. With five shots and only three on target the whole game compared to Feyenoord having 18 and four something needs changing for the champions.

Is Serero lacking the strength a midfielder needs? Is Klaassen lacking creativity? Or does it lay deeper in defence as Feyenoord hit the woodwork three times in the opening 10 minutes. Either way a win is a win pretty or ugly and this one was ugly.

Maybe a 9-0 midweek demolition of the amateur side JOS Watergraafsmeer in the KNVB Beker has been used for a morale booster. Ricardo Kishna and Lucas Andersen getting one each Arek Milik grabbing six the later two potential starters this weekend. Lasse Schöne who missed De Klassieker is available but with APOEL Nicosia coming up midweek will be used sparingly. Niki Zimling looks certain to start possibly at the expense of Nick Viergever and Ajax only has Viktor Fischer not available due to injury.

De Boer will possibly go for Anwar El Ghazi, Milik and Andersen across the forward line which is a front three with goals in there. Ajax are undefeated in their last 14 matches against NAC in all competition. NAC have four first team players out injured. Gill Swerts, Henrico Drost, Elson Hooi and Erik Falkenburg so potential first starts of the season for Swedish defender Isak Ssewankambo and Kingsley Boateng.

Last weekend NAC Breda lost 2-1 to Willem II in an intense derby with former NAC player Robert Braber grabbing the winner late in added time. Follow that up with a scrappy 4-3 win midweek against SV Spakenburg tough times ahead for coach Nebojsa Gudelj and his team. NAC Breda have not scored against Ajax in their last five encounters but this could be the best time to do it with one eye on the Champions League match coming up and unbeaten in their last for home games.

PREDICTION

Even though Ajax are haven’t hit the ground running in the league and face APOEL midweek I feel they will be too much for injury stricken NAC Breda so I say 3-0 to Ajax sounds fair to me. Ajax won’t want to lose anymore ground to PSV and with their star man Depay out will look to close the two point gap and drive on from there.

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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.

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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

Cambuur-ADO

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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