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Champions League Preview & Betting Tips – Dynamo Kyiv vs. AZ Alkmaar

DYNAMO KYIV vs. AZ ALKMAAR

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex | Tuesday 15th September | 18:00 GMT

In the biggest game for the club in recent history, AZ Alkmaar travel to the Ukraine to face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League Third Round of Qualifying. Will Burns feels like AZ may not have what it takes to beat the Ukrainian giants… unfortunately.

After the disappointment of calling the season off early last March, when AZ looked to becoming the champions of Eredivisie, Arne Slot’s men had the prospect of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League to pick them back up.

However, on Tuesday night, they travel to the Ukraine to face Dynamo Kiev, a true force for decades in this home country and European competitions. This is the third round of qualifying and it’s certainly not easy.

AZ were given a reprieve this weekend as the KNVB, committed to aiding their clubs in European tournaments, cancelled their opening game to FC Utrecht, so that Slot and his team can concentrate on this one legged fixture.

In the last round, AZ made hard work of their home tie against Czech outfit Viktoria Plzen. A 95th minute penalty which was scored by Teun Koopmeiners, saved their blushes and took the game into extra time at the 1-1 scoreline. Two extra time goals by Albert Gudmundsson saw Alkmaar send the Czech home unhappy but it was far from convincing. If they have any chance on Tuesday, they will need to vastly improve.

We asked Zorya Londonsk’s Andrew Todos about AZ’s opponents on Tuesday and he gave us a tremendous insight into their recent form, tactics and star players. Well worth a read.

Recently Dynamo has embarked on their new Ukrainian Premier League campaign and are undefeated in three games since the season kicked off. The opening day of the league saw Kiev easily defeating Olimpik Donetsk by a 4-1 scoreline. Then they lifted the domestic Super Cup beating rivals Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 before drawing a 0-0 blank against title challengers Desna.

In addition, we heard (below) that Kiev’s star player Viktor Tsyhakov did not train on Monday and that could spell that he will be unavailable.

We all know there is a four tremendous goal threats at Slot’s disposal with Myron Boadu, Oussama Idrissi, Teun Koopmeiners and Calvin Stengs were all capable of double figures last season.

I think it is a big ask to say that AZ will win on Tuesday, and don’t get me wrong, they could, but Kiev are a strong team. One thing I am sure of, is that I feel AZ could get a goal. Our colleague Andrew Todos wrote: “Dynamo have serious defensive issues. First choice right back – Oleksandr Tymchyk was subbed off inside 35 minutes vs Desna with a groin injury. He will be out for a while. Similarly, centre backs Mykyta Burda and Denys Popov are also unavailable for a prolonged amount of time.”

Koopmeiners: "Dit is ons doel en boem, we gaan ervoor"
Captain Koopmeiners is an excellent penalty taker.

AZ captain Teun Koopmeiners is always good for a goal notching 16 in all competitions last year and he takes AZ’ spot kicks too. For a high pressure match like this, we could see one of Kyiv’s defenders go in the tricky feet of Boadu, Stengs or Idrissi allowing Koopmeiners a chance to notch

PREDICTIONS

So I have selected two bets for Tuesday night’s big game. Both Teams to Score is best priced at 1.80 at bet365 and if we see an AZ penalty, like the last round, Koopmeiners will score it. He is a HUGE price of 5.60 at Unibet but keep an eye out any other bookies pricing this up before kick off – just in case we see a higher price. The bookies struggle with these games.

Both Teams to Score (1.80 at bet365)

Teun Koopmeiners to score (5.60 at Unibet)

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Who are AZ’s Champions League opponents – Dynamo Kyiv

DYNAMO KIEV vs. AZ ALKMAAR

Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex | Tuesday 15th September | 18:00 GMT

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Dynamo Kyiv are currently experiencing their longest drought without Champions League football since Ukraine’s independence in 1991 writes Zorya Londonsk’s Andrew Todos.

The last time they made the Group Stages was the 15/16 season. Ever since, hopes have been dashed in the Qualifying rounds – resulting in Europa League campaigns as the fallbacks instead. This failure to qualify for the UCL Group Stages has coincided with the club’s recent decline. Whilst they’ve still been able to finish second domestically in all these years, the gap between themselves and Champions Shakhtar has grown exponentially due to poor managerial appointments and player recruitment.

This led the owner to appoint former Shakhtar manager and one of the most decorated managers of all time – Mircea Lucescu to steer the ship at the old age of seventy five!

The club’s Ultras have reacted with great animosity to the decision due to a long history of Lucescu being controversial in regards to their club and even to Ukraine as a whole.

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The 20/21 UPL kicked off ahead of the recent international break. Dynamo got off to a winning start under Lucescu – convincingly hammering lowly Olimpik Donetsk on the opening day 4-1.

Following this, Lucescu and his new side faced his old club in the Ukrainian Super Cup. Dynamo defeated Shakhtar 3-1 and picked up the first ‘trophy’ of the season.

Ahead of the UCL 3rd Qualifying round, Dynamo faced fellow medal place challengers Desna. Their opponents ran them close in the league last season and shut Dynamo out by parking the bus, despite the Kyiv side’s relentless attacking efforts. The game ended 0-0.

Formation and Tactics

It’s still quite difficult to work out exactly how Mircea Lucescu wants his new side to play. Dynamo were very secretive in their short pre season – providing no ‘live’ coverage of any of their friendlies. With the few competitive games we have seen thus far – it looks like Dynamo are aiming to play a possession based style with the steady introduction of a high press.

However, the club is currently in the midst of an injury crisis – which has likely prevented Lucescu in showcasing exactly the type of philosophy he wants to move forward with.

Dynamo have serious defensive issues. First choice right back – Oleksandr Tymchyk was subbed off inside 35 minutes v Desna with a groin injury. He will be out for a while. Similarly, centre backs Mykyta Burda and Denys Popov are also unavailable for a prolonged amount of time.

This has forced Lucescu to play Tomasz Kedziora, a natural full back in the heart of his defence alongside usual left back Vitaly Mykolenko in the most recent league match.

Artem Shabanov, who is a centre back by trade may return to the starting XI for the AZ tie, following rehabilitation from his own injury.

Predicted Line up (4-3-3)

(GK)Bushchan

(RB) Kedziora

(CB) Shabanov

(CB) Mykolenko

(LB) Karavayev

(CM) Sydorchuk

(CM) Buyalskyy

(CM/CAM) Shaparenko

(LW) De Pena

(ST) Supryaha

(RW) Tsyhankov

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Players to Watch

Viktor Tsyhakov

Dynamo’s key man. The winger has become the side’s leading light in recent seasons, stepping into the large hole left by Andriy Yarmolenko’s departure. Tsyhankov is Dynamo’s primary outlet for creativity and goals despite him playing out wide on the right. He’s pacey and possesses a very decent vision and delivery. Due to the inverted nature of his position, the left footed player is able to cut inside – however he is far less reliant on this compared to his predecessor – Yarmolenko. He will be the channel through which most dangerous attacks go through and if not – he will be trying to be on the end of them to finish the chances off.

Gerson Rodrigues

The Luxembourg international is another dangerous winger that Lucescu has under his disposal. He is unlikely to start but should he come off the bench – he will be sure to bolster the attack as he has done in Dynamo’s matches prior to the international break. The forward, who had fallen out of favour with the previous manager and was sent on loan last season as a result, is having a revival under the current one. He scored a magnificent lobbed winner in the Super Cup and had an influential 45 minute cameo in the 4-1 Olimpik match. He will be able to provide that creative spark should it be needed in the later stages of the game. 

Andrew Todos

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UEFA Nations League: Netherlands vs. Poland Preview

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

NETHERLANDS vs. POLAND

FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2020 – 7.45pm BST

UK TV: Sky Sports Premier League

International football returns this week as Ronald Koeman’s Holland take on Poland in a UEFA Nations League Group 1 contest. Will Burns thinks despite the upheavel backstage, the Dutch can simply win this one.

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Lodeweges with Koeman before Ronald signed up for his La Liga challenge.

Oranje’s caretaker manager Dwight Lodeweges takes control for the first time as the Nations League finalists began their journey against Poland, and the 62-year-old has inherited a side that were in impressive form during qualification for Euro 2020. The Dutch won six of their eight matches and suffered just one loss to finish as runners-up in Group C behind bitter rivals Germany.

Ronald Koeman left the national post to lead Barcelona next season but leaves the Oranje in a much better position than what he inherited from Danny Blind in 2018.  Koeman guided his side to five wins from their final six Euro 2020 qualifiers to represent in next summer’s finals, having failed to qualify last time.

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PSV wonderkid Mohamed Ihattaren will be itching to get on Friday night.

Lodeweges has an abundance of talent to pick from and could hand debuts to PSV wonderkid Mohamed Ihattaren, AZ’s Marco Bizot (GK) and Owen Wijndal (LB) or to Ajax’s central defender Perr Schuurs.  Although Juventus defender Matthias de Ligt is missing, the usual suspects of Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay will form a strong spine in the team with the likes Steven Bergwijn, Quincy Promes and new Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek all vying for a starting spot.

One major blow for Polish manager Jerzy Brzęczek is that arguably the best centre-forward in the world fails to join the squad for this set of games. Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is having an extended rest after scoring 61 goals in 56 games for club and country this past year, I think he deserves it.

The history buffs will want to know that the Dutch’s record in 15 games against Poland is won six, drawn six and lost three. The Oranje are unbeaten in last seven encounters (W4 D3) since 2-0 European championship qualifying loss in Chorzow in May 1979. Poland have yet to win in seven games against Oranje in Netherlands (D5 L2). However, history means nothing at all when the team’s line-up on Friday night. After all half of these lads were even born in 1979.

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Robert Lewandowski is rested after a unbelievable season.

PREDICTION

Although I think the game may be a sluggish one for all concerned, and with the Oranje being disrupted by Ronald Koeman’s packing of his bags, I still think the Dutch are capable of clinching the win with ease. 

The main Polish threat, Robert Lewandowski will not play so I fail to see how Holland’s defence can be breached.

No Bobby Lewi, no Polish party.

Netherlands win to nil (2.30 at Bet365)

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AZ Alkmaar – FK Viktoria Plzen Preview

SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

AZ ALKMAAR vs. VIKTORIA PLZEN (CZE)

WEDNESDAY 26TH AUGUST 2020 – 3.30pm BST

Even though the Bayern Munich celebrations are still ongoing from their triumph on Sunday evening, AZ Alkmaar begin their quest for Champions League qualification on Wednesday afternoon in a proverbial banana skin one-legged match against Czech side FK Viktoria Plzen writes Will Burns.

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The AFAS Stadion is far from complete but will play host to this all important tie for AZ.

Even though the Bayern Munich celebrations are still ongoing from their triumph on Sunday evening, AZ Alkmaar begin their quest for Champions League qualification on Wednesday afternoon in a proverbial banana skin one-legged match against Czech side FK Viktoria Plzen.

Due to the current worldwide pandemic situation, UEFA introduced one-legged ties in the interim which introduces more uncertainty into the competition. By halving the length of the ties, this now matters least to the teams of similar ability and most to the teams of contrasting ability and provides more chance of an upset.

AZ head into the game as favourites but Plzen will be hungry for victory in this unfamiliar one-legged affair. The Czech’s experienced great disappointment at this stage last season, tasting defeat to Olympiakos, before coming a cropper just a few weeks later to Antwerp in the Europa League qualifying.

They qualified for this year’s competition by finishing second in the Czech 1.Liga in 2019/20 and have dished out convincing performances in recent friendly games. Plzen opened their league campaign up with a 3-1 victory over SFC Opava on Friday while resting a few players. Although they conceded first and missed a penalty, they ran out resounding winners by two goals.

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French striker Jean-David Beauguel will lead the line for Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday afternoon.

Plzen will led up top by their top scorer last year, Frenchman Jean-David Beauguel.  He notched 14 goals last term but was rested in Friday’s win until an injury forced him into the game late in the first-half. He went onto net once in the 3-1 win.

The Czech’s possess a strong midfield and creative attack and the AZ will have to be aware of that constantly. Teun Koopmeiners, Jordy Clasie and Dani de Wit will be in for a tough night and will have to play with great caution.

Despite just one win in six friendly outings and competing in an empty, half-finished home stadium on Wednesday afternoon, AZ are still favourites to win. As captain Teun Koopmeiners said in an interview earlier this week “Last year, the pre-season results were not as we wanted, but we won our first league game 4-0”, so spirits should not be down in the AZ camp.

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AZ’s Teun Koopmeiners is hopeful for a good performance.

They were boosted earlier this week as coach Arne Slot stated that veteran defender Ron Vlaar and speedy winger Calvin Stengs are both declared fit for the clash, however both men would be highly unlikely to see a full 90 minutes.

Stengs will be vital in the AZ forward line that worked so well last year. On the left, Oussama Idrissi will start and Myron Boadu through the middle, and the trio should create chances copiously to trouble Plzen keeper Ales Hruska.

If they can perform to the standards of last season, then advancing to the third round of qualifying should be a formality.

PREDICTION

Although they will not be up to the usual performance and condition that Plzen may be, due to sheer abundance of pace and sheer talent in attack, I see an AZ win here. This is the same team that took Ajax to the limit last year, they are yet to lose any of their talents to the bigger leagues and they should have enough quality to see off the Czech league runners-up.

AZ to win with Both Teams to Score (4.00 at Bet365)

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Ajax humiliated by Feyenoord, PSV stretch lead further

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The nineteenth round of Eredivisie action got underway at the Rat Verlegh Stadion where a goal from super-sub Gervane Kastaneer five minutes into the second half ultimately proved enough to earn struggling NAC Breda a priceless point from their clash with ADO Den Haag in their battle to beat the drop.

Saturday’s action began in Almelo where goals from Mike van Duinen and Lennart Thy saw a resurgent PEC Zwolle post back-to-back victories for the first time since the end of September by seeing off hosts Heracles.

Elsewhere, goals from Luigi Bruins and Mounir El Hamdaoui saw Excelsior snap a run of five games without a win at the expense of rock bottom De Graafschap while a first-half double from Hirving Lozano saw reigning Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven negotiate the challenge of visiting Groningen to open up a five-point lead at the top of the standings.

The day’s action was concluded in Venlo where a last-gasp effort from Michael Chacón in the fifth minute of added time saw FC Emmen snatch all three points in a five-goal thriller with VVV.

Sunday’s Eredivisie action began in Sittard where a 92nd-minute strike from Finn Stokkers saw Fortuna snap a run of three games without a win by seeing off visiting Vitesse

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Elsewhere, there were remarkable scenes at De Kuip where Feyenoord claimed Klassieker honours in emphatic fashion by hitting title-chasing Ajax for six while a lone Daniel Crowley effort a minute into the second half ultimately proved enough to earn Willem II all three points on the road in Utrecht

The nineteenth round of Eredivisie action was brought to a close in Friesland where an own goal from the unlucky Sherel Floranus and an Oussama Idrissi effort saw AZ Alkmaar make it three wins on the bounce in all competitions with a victory over Heerenveen.

Results: Week 19

NAC Breda 1-1 ADO Den Haag

Heracles Almelo 0-2 PEC Zwolle

Excelsior 2-0 De Graafschap

PSV Eindhoven 2-1 FC Groningen

VVV Venlo 2-3 FC Emmen

Fortuna Sittard 2-1 Vitesse Arnhem

Feyenoord 6-2 AFC Ajax

FC Utrecht 0-1 Willem II

SC Heerenveen 0-2 AZ Alkmaar

Team of the Week

GK – Mickey van der Hart (PEC Zwolle)

DF – Jeremiah St. Juste (Feyenoord)

DF – Kingsley Ehizibue (PEC Zwolle)

DF – Menno Koch (NAC Breda)

DF – Jurgen Mattheij (Excelsior)

MF – Jens Toornstra (Feyenoord)

MF – Ousamma Idrissi (AZ Alkmaar)

MF – Younes Namli (PEC Zwolle)

FW – Jonathan Opoku (VVV Venlo)

FW – Robin van Persie (Feyenoord)

FW – Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord)

Player of the Week

Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord) – 2 points

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: PSV falter but Ajax have a late four(all)

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With the winter break over, the eighteenth round of Eredivisie action got underway on Friday evening in Arnhem where a 67th-minute effort from Maikel van der Werff ultimately proved decisive as Vitesse edged out visiting Excelsior in a five-goal thriller.

Saturday’s action in the top flight of Dutch football began at the AFAS Stadion where AZ Alkmaar got back to winning ways by hitting FC Utrecht for three without reply.

Elsewhere, PEC Zwolle kicked off the Jaap Stam era in style by putting three past visiting Feyenoord while VVV Venlo made it back-to-back victories by hitting an undermanned ADO Den Haag for four on the road in The Hague.

The day’s Eredivisie action was brought to a close at the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion where a new-look Groningen posted their first win since the start of December by smashing Heracles for three.

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Sunday’s action got underway in Tilburg where goals from Pol Llonch and Marios Vrousai saw Willem II claim the bragging rights against an undermanned NAC Breda in the Brabantse derby.

Elsewhere, bottom-of-the-table De Graafschap gave their survival hopes a much-needed shot in the arm by smashing Fortuna Sittard for five while two goals in the space of the final ten minutes from Nicklas Pedersen saw FC Emmen snatch a late share of the spoils in their clash with defending Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven.

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The eighteenth round of Eredivisie action was brought to a close in spectacular fashion at the Johan Cruijff ArenA where a late leveller from Kik Pierie in the first minute of added time saw Heerenveen claim a last-gasp share of the spoils in an eight-goal thriller that also denied title-chasing Ajax the chance to replace PSV at the top of the standings.    

Week 18: Results

Vitesse Arnhem 3-2 Excelsior Rotterdam

AZ Alkmaar 3-0 FC Utrecht

PEC Zwolle 3-1 Feyenoord

ADO Den Haag 2-4 VVV Venlo

FC Groningen 3-0 Heracles Almelo

Willem II 2-0 NAC Breda

De Graafschap 5-1 Fortuna Sittard

FC Emmen 2-2 PSV Eindhoven

AFC Ajax 4-4 SC Heerenveen

Team of the Week

GK – Warner Hahn (sc Heerenveen)

DF – Ricardo van Rhijn (AZ)

DF – Kenneth Paal (PEC Zwolle)

DF – Maikel van der Werff (Vitesse)

DF – Bram van Polen (PEC Zwolle)

MF – Youssef El Jebli (De Graafschap)

MF – Thomas Bruns (FC Groningen)

MF – Martin Odegaard (Vitesse)

FW – Sam Lammers (sc Heerenveen)

FW – Fabian Serrarens (De Graafschap)

FW – Patrick Joosten (VVV Venlo)

Player of the Week

Fabian Serrarens (De Graafschap) – 2 points

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Winter breaks but PSV and Ajax don’t

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With the near month-long winter break looming large on the horizon, the seventeenth round of Eredivisie action got underway on Friday evening at De Koel where goals from Tino-Sven Susic and Patrick Joosten saw hosts, VVV Venlo snap a run of five games without a win by turning away the challenge of an undermanned PEC Zwolle.

Saturday’s action in the top flight of Dutch football got off to a false start with ten-man Fortuna Sittard and struggling Groningen drawing a blank.

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However, while goals were in short supply in Sittard, that certainly wasn’t the case elsewhere as reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven hit in-form AZ Alkmaar for three to open up a five-point lead over Ajax in second and, in the process, claim the title of ‘winter kampioen’ while, at the other end of the table, struggling NAC Breda gave their survival hopes a timely boost by hitting nine-man Heerenveen for four.

The day’s action was brought to a close at the Van Donge & De Roo Stadion where Heracles got back to winning ways by hitting hosts, Excelsior for three without reply.

Sunday’s action began at the Stadion Galgenwaard where Ajax rounded off the year by smashing hosts, Utrecht for three to cut pace-setting PSV’s advantage at the top of the standings back to two points once more.

Elsewhere, a 77th minute spot-kick from Abdenasser El Khayati saw ADO Den Haag grab a late share of the spoils from their clash with an undermanned Feyenoord while a 65th minute leveller from Vitesse Arnhem’s Matus Bero denied bottom-of-the-table De Graafschap a much-needed three points in Doetinchem.

The seventeenth round of Eredivisie action was concluded in Emmen where goals from Aras Ozbiliz and Fran Sol saw Willem II end the year with a win.

Results: Week 17

VVV Venlo 2-0 PEC Zwolle

Fortuna Sittard 0-0 FC Groningen

NAC Breda 4-2 SC Heerenveen

PSV Eindhoven 3-1 AZ Alkmaar

Excelsior 0-3 Heracles Almelo

FC Utrecht 1-3 AFC Ajax

ADO Den Haag 2-2 Feyenoord

De Graafschap 2-2 Vitesse Arnhem

FC Emmen 0-2 Willem II

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: De Graafschap crumble to the powerful Ajax

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The sixteenth round of Eredivisie action got underway on Friday evening where ADO Den Haag got back to winning ways by hitting hosts, Willem II for three without reply on the road in Tilburg.

Saturday’s action in the Dutch top flight got off to a false start at the MAC3PARK Stadion where it was frustration all round for both PEC Zwolle and visiting, NAC Breda as it ended goalless between two sides struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Elsewhere, a 94th-minute strike from substitute Bjørn Johnsen saw AZ Alkmaar snatch all three points at the death from their encounter with visiting Excelsior while reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven put European elimination firmly behind them by hitting nine-man Heracles for four to move five points clear at the top of the standings.

Saturday’s Eredivisie action was concluded in Arnhem where an 80th-minute effort from Oussama Darfalou ultimately proved enough to see Vitesse edge out visiting VVV Venlo.

Sunday’s action began in Friesland where FC Utrecht withstood a second-half fightback from hosts, Heerenveen to ultimately emerge victorious in a five-goal thriller.

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Elsewhere, title-chasing Ajax closed the gap between themselves and table-topping PSV to just two points once more after smashing a hapless De Graafschap for eight while a late double from super-sub Nicklas Pedersen saw FC Emmen come from behind to snatch a late win against fellow strugglers Groningen.

The sixteenth round of Eredivisie action was brought to a close at De Kuip where goals from Lars Hutten and substitute, Ahmed El Messaoudi saw Fortuna Sittard bag a shock victory over Feyenoord.

Results: Week 16

Willem II 0-3 ADO Den Haag

PEC Zwolle 0-0 NAC Breda

Heracles Almelo 0-4 PSV Eindhoven

AZ Alkmaar 2-1 Excelsior

Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 VVV Venlo

SC Heerenveen 2-3 FC Utrecht

AFC Ajax 8-0 De Graafschap

FC Groningen 1-2 FC Emmen

Feyenoord 0-2 Fortuna Sittard

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: PSV smash Excelsior for six as Ajax ease past PEC

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The fifteenth round of Eredivisie action got underway with two fixtures taking place on Friday evening. The first of which saw AZ Alkmaar get back to winning ways by hitting Fortuna Sittard for three without reply before reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven put the loss of their 100% league record firmly behind them by putting six past a hapless Excelsior at the Philips Stadion.

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Saturday’s action began in Tilburg where Heerenveen made it back-to-back victories by hitting an undermanned Willem II for five.

Elsewhere, title-chasing Ajax closed the gap between themselves and top-of-the-table PSV to just two points once more after putting four past struggling PEC Zwolle.

However, while Saturday’s first two fixtures yielded a whopping eleven goals between them, there were none to be found in The Hague where ADO Den Haag and De Graafschap drew a blank in the day’s final fixture.

Sunday’s Eredivisie action got underway at the Stadion Galgenwaard where FC Utrecht hit Heracles for three without reply – a result which saw Dick Advocaat’s men leapfrog their guests into fourth place in the standings.

Elsewhere, having hit VVV Venlo for four on Thursday evening in a fixture rearranged from earlier in the campaign, Feyenoord posted another four goals to see off the challenge of hosts, FC Emmen and, in the process, record a sixth consecutive victory in all competitions.

In sharp contrast, there were no goals to be found at De Koel where Sergio Padt was the hero in securing Groningen a priceless point from their clash with VVV Venlo.

The fifteenth round of Eredivisie action was brought to a close at the Rat Verlegh Stadion where Arno Verschueren’s 84th-minute effort ultimately proved just enough to see struggling NAC Breda edge out an undermanned Vitesse Arnhem and move off the foot of the table.

Result: Week 11

Feyenoord 4-1 VVV Venlo

Results: Week 15

Fortuna Sittard 0-3 AZ Alkmaar

PSV Eindhoven 6-0 Excelsior

Willem II 1-5 SC Heerenveen

PEC Zwolle 1-4 AFC Ajax

ADO Den Haag 0-0 De Graafschap

FC Utrecht 3-1 Heracles Almelo

VVV Venlo 0-0 FC Groningen

FC Emmen 1-4 Feyenoord

NAC Breda 2-1 Vitesse Arnhem  

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Feyenoord blows title race open

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The fourteenth round of action in the Dutch top flight began on Friday evening at the Van Donge & De Roo Stadion where three goals in the space of ten second-half minutes saw an undermanned FC Utrecht come back from the dead to snatch an unlikely share of the spoils from their clash with Excelsior.

Saturday’s Eredivisie action got underway in Arnhem where a 51st-minute Caner Cavlan effort ultimately proved enough to earn FC Emmen a point from their encounter with Vitesse.

Elsewhere, goals from Clint Leemans and Younes Namli saw PEC Zwolle end a run of three straight defeats by edging out an undermanned De Graafschap on the road in Doetinchem while a first-half double from Fran Sol saw Willem II get back to winning ways at the expense of AZ Alkmaar.

The day’s action was concluded in Friesland where Heerenveen rediscovered that winning feeling by hitting in-form Fortuna Sittard for three.

Sunday’s Eredivisie action began at the Johan Cruijff ArenA where Ajax cut PSV Eindhoven’s lead at the top of the standings to just two points by hitting a hapless ADO Den Haag for five.

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Elsewhere, Heracles edged their way back into the top four by smashing visiting VVV Venlo for four while first-half goals from Nicolai Jørgensen and Sam Larsson ultimately proved just enough to see Feyenoord bring PSV’s run of thirteen-straight league victories to an end at De Kuip.

The fourteenth round of Eredivisie action was concluded at the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion where struggling Groningen gave their survival hopes a much-needed shot in the arm by hitting rock-bottom NAC Breda for five.

Results: Week 14

Excelsior 3-3 FC Utrecht

Vitesse Arnhem 1-1 FC Emmen

De Graafschap 0-2 PEC Zwolle

AZ Alkmaar 0-2 Willem II

SC Heerenveen 3-1 Fortuna Sittard

AFC Ajax 5-1 ADO Den Haag

Heracles Almelo 4-1 VVV Venlo

Feyenoord 2-1 PSV Eindhoven

FC Groningen 5-2 NAC Breda

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Big three win as Utrecht are five-alive

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Following the final international break of the calendar year, the Eredivisie resumed its normal service with a pair of fixtures getting underway simultaneously on Saturday evening which saw Ajax tune-up for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League engagement with AEK Athens by hitting struggling NAC Breda for three without reply while an 83rd minute Nick Kuipers effort saw ADO Den Haag snap a run of five games without a win in all competitions by edging out hosts, PEC Zwolle in a five-goal thriller at the MAC3PARK Stadion.

The day’s action was concluded with two more matches taking place concurrently that saw reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven put three past an undermanned Heerenveen to post a thirteenth-straight league victory while Fortuna Sittard continued to exceed expectations by hitting high-flying Heracles for three to muscle their way into the top ten.

Sunday’s Eredivisie action got underway at De Oude Meerdijk where an 89th-minute effort from Ryan Koolwijk saw Excelsior snatch all three points late on against FC Emmen.

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Elsewhere, FC Utrecht edged their way into the top five after smashing a hapless De Graafschap for five while a lone Jens Toornstra effort ultimately proved just enough to see Feyenoord squeeze past in-form Groningen at De Kuip.

Meanwhile, first-half goals from Matus Bero, Oussama Darfalou and Bryan Linssen saw Vitesse take all three points from their clash with Willem II in Tilburg before the thirteenth round of action was brought to a close at De Koel where a last-gasp leveller from Patrick Joosten in the third minute of added time saw an undermanned VVV Venlo snatch an unlikely point from their clash with visiting AZ Alkmaar.

Round 13: Results

PEC Zwolle 2-3 ADO Den Haag

NAC Breda 0-3 AFC Ajax

PSV Eindhoven 3-0 SC Heerenveen

Fortuna Sittard 3-0 Heracles Almelo

FC Emmen 1-2 Excelsior

FC Utrecht 5-0 De Graafschap

Feyenoord 1-0 FC Groningen

Willem II 1-3 Vitesse Arnhem

VVV Venlo 2-2 AZ Alkmaar 

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Ajax magnificent as Excelsior hit for seven

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With yet another international footballing window looming large on the horizon, the twelfth round of action in the Dutch top flight got underway on Friday evening at the MAC3PARK Stadion where Willem II put back-to-back league defeats behind them by edging out fellow strugglers, PEC Zwolle in a five-goal thriller off the back of a double from their talismanic Spanish marksman, Fran Sol.

Saturday’s Eredivisie action began at De Oude Meerdijk where second half goals from Caner Cavlan and Jafar Arias eased FC Emmen to victory over another side struggling to beat the drop – NAC Breda.

Elsewhere, reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven made it twelve-straight league victories by hitting De Graafschap for four in Doetinchem to extend their lead at the top of the standing to eight points ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures while Martin Ødegaard’s first goal in the colours of Vitesse ultimately proved just enough to secure the Arnhem-based outfit maximum points from their encounter with FC Utrecht.

The day’s action was brought to a close with Peniel Mlapa’s double firing VVV Venlo to victory over Limburg rivals, Fortuna Sittard in a five-goal thriller at De Koel.

Sunday’s Eredivisie action got underway with Groningen securing bragging rights over local rivals, Heerenveen in the Derby of the North off the back of first half goals from Django Warmerdam and Ritsu Doan.

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Elsewhere, a lone Guus Til effort six minutes into the second half ultimately proved just enough to see AZ Alkmaar take all three points from their clash with ADO Den Haag while, buoyed by moving another step closer to securing a place in the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League following their midweek draw in Lisbon, Ajax hit a hapless Excelsior for seven to reduce PSV’s advantage at the top of the standings to five points once more.

The twelfth round of Eredivisie action was brought to a close in Almelo where an own goal from the host’s unfortunate goalkeeper, Janis Blaswich just before the hour followed by a Jens Toornstra effort just four minutes later eased Feyenoord to victory over high-flying Heracles

Results: Week 12

PEC Zwolle 2-3 Willem II

FC Emmen 2-0 NAC Breda

De Graafschap 1-4 PSV Eindhoven

Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 FC Utrecht

VVV Venlo 3-2 Fortuna Sittard

FC Groningen 2-0 SC Heerenveen

Excelsior 1-7 AFC Ajax

ADO Den Haag 0-1 AZ Alkmaar

Heracles Almelo 0-2 Feyenoord

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