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EREDIVISIE WEEK 28 – SUNDAY PREVIEW & BETTING TIPS

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Will Burns returns with his selections for the Eredivisie for the Sunday’s five games and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Sunday 16th March

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FC TWENTE vs. AZ ALKMAAR (11:30 GMT)

Dick Advocaat’s AZ Alkmaar are on a good run, winning their last two games by 4-0 blowing away Heracles and RKC Waalwijk. They also are the last remaining Dutch side in European competition this season defeating Russian’s Anzhi 1-0 on Thursday.

AZ travel to Enschede to face FC Twente whose title challenge has all but gone after last week’s 1-0 defeat at Go Ahead Eagles. At De Grolsch Veste, Twente have a great record this season and are undefeated in their last 13 home matches in the league.

The fact that AZ had a tough game against Anzhi this week and I see this being a deciding factor in this match, although Advocaat’s men are quite capable of scoring a goal themselves. Best Bet will be at Bet Victor with FC Twente to Win with Both Teams to Score at 7/4.

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PEC ZWOLLE vs. GO AHEAD EAGLES (13:30 GMT)

After Zwolle went on a run of four straight wins last month, they have failed to pick up full points in any of their last five. Go Ahead Eagles will head to Zwolle oozing with confidence after last weekend’s 1-0 win over top five side FC Twente.

The Eagles do not travel well though this season with only two away wins in 13 games and both of those came against bottom half sides (Roda and RKC) before the winter break. Zwolle have not been beaten by Go Ahead in their last 12 meetings and Ron Jans’ side have drawn their last three home matches in Eredivisie.

I look to Zwolle pick up another draw which will be a result Go Ahead will be happy with. The draw is being offered at 13/5 with Bet Victor and I see this is the best bet in this one.

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NEC NIJMEGEN vs. FC UTRECHT (13:30 GMT)

NEC Nijmegen prop the Eredivisie up and are now four points adrift from safety, while opponents FC Utrecht have only a three point gap between themselves and the drop zone. This is what we call a six-pointer.

A Utrecht win should steer them away, while NEC are desperate to pick up the points to help them keep themselves in the division. The problem for Nijmegen is in defence, they have leaked 15 goals in their last six games while Utrecht are struggling to score just scoring six in six which is bad by Eredivisie standards.

This could be a game that goes either way but I fail to see a stream of goals heading past the excellent Robbin Ruiter (Utrecht) or Karl-Johan Johansson (NEC). The latter will be out to prove himself as he had an horror show gifting Jon Dahl Tomasson’s Roda a 3-1 win last weekend.

Best Bet will be Under 2.5 Goals which is 7/5 at Betfair.

BEST BET: Under 2.5 Goals (7/5 – Betfair)

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FEYENOORD vs. HEERENVEEN (13:30 GMT)

Fourth plays sixth as Marco van Basten’s Heerenveen take a journey to Rotterdam this Sunday to face Ronald Koeman’s Feyenoord.

Like last week, the hosts will rely on others to score as the suspended Graziano Pellè serves match two of his four game ban. This game should promise goals as Heerenveen’s forward line of Alfred Finnbogason, Hakim Ziyech, Rajiv van la Parra and Bilal Basacikoglu would frighten any Eredivisie back four.

Van Basten is without defenders Ramon Zomer and Mitchell Dijks so Feyenoord’s wingers Ruben Schaken and Jean-Paul Boetuis will look breach the defence and test Kristoffer Nordfeldt in the visiting goal.

I fancy a Feyenoord win but if Heerenveen fire on all cylinders they may prove to be real test for the Rotterdam side. Our best bet is at Bet Victor with them offering 8/5 for Feyenoord taking all three points but Heerenveen to notch at the other end.

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NAC BREDA vs. AJAX (15:30 GMT)

After dropping two points at home to Cambuur last Sunday, league leaders Ajax will look to this Sunday’s trip to Breda as an easy three points to keep the chasing pack at bay.

NAC are pretty safe sitting in 11th and five points clear of the drop zone but have only won once in their last six games, a 2-0 home win against the troubled Roda JC. It is not hard to see why Ajax are such heavy favourites in this match (2/5 in some markets), and I agree entirely with that although I have not been impressed with Frank de Boer’s men over the past month or so.

The defeats to Salzburg in Europe showed that the Amsterdammers are not as strong defensively and this goal can always be breached. I see a 2-1 or 3-1 win for De Boer’s men but to play it safe our best bet is at Bet Victor with Ajax to win and both teams to score at 2/1.

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Week 27 Eredivisie Report: Ajax held, Twente slump, Feyenoord win.

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SC Cambuur held Ajax to a fantastic 1-1 draw in a game were the defending champions failed to really trouble the Eredivisie new boys. Feyenoord, minus Graziano Pelle, defeated Groningen 2-0 and FC Twente fell to Go Ahead Eagles in Deventer in an action-packed Sunday.

Sunday 9th March 2014

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RKC WAALWIJK 1-1 ADO DEN HAAG

In a result that helped neither side, RKC and ADO drew 1-1 to share the points that does not help either in their relegation battle.

The visitors went ahead after an accurate cross from Dion Malone, Ronald Alberg was at the backpost to nod home his fourth goal of the season on 17 minutes.

The equaliser came just before half-time with Romeo Castelen breaking the offside trap and finishing perfectly past Gino Coutinho against the run of play.

TEAMS

RKC: Šeda, Apau, Van Weert, Van Hoevelen, Amieux, Sno, Braber, Duits, Castelen, Beauguel (Joachim 90+2), D. Schet.

SUBS NOT USED: Van Dijk, Ivens, Van Mosselveld, Anderson, Peltzer.

GOALS: Castelen 42.

BOOKINGS: Van Hoevelen 38, Braber 53.

ADO: Coutinho, Zuiverloon, Wormgoor, Beugelsdijk, Meijers, Malone, Holla (Bakker 66), Gehrt (Kanon 90+3), Alberg, Van Duinen, M. Schet.

SUBS NOT USED: Zwinkels, Merencia, Van Haaren, Kramer, Cabral5

GOALS: Alberg 17.

BOOKINGS: Holla 7, Beugelsdijk 31, Wormgoor 90+1. 

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GO AHEAD EAGLES 1-0 FC TWENTE

FC Twente trail three points behind Vitesse in third after a Jarchinio Antonia goal just after the half hour saw them beaten 1-0 by Go Ahead Eagles.

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After a cautious and quiet opening twenty minutes, the visitors should have taken the lead. However, when striker Luc Castaignos was played through on goal by Jorge Corona, he dragged his effort wide of the post when it would have been easier to play the free Dušan Tadić in at the opposite post.

The only goal of the game was scored by Jarchinio Antonia just after the half-hour mark after an error from Felipe Gutiérrez. The Chilean dwelled on the ball and was robbed by Erik Falkenburg and the on-loan AZ man played in Antonia on the right-wing. Antonia hit a low drive from an acute angle that went through goalkeeper Nick Marsman’s legs and into the net.

After the interval, Twente pushed for goals knowing that a win was a must to keep up in the Champions League qualification race.

However, chances for Quincy Promes, Tadić and further from Castaignos went begging and the lacklustre Twente failed to create the goal to clinch even a point.

TEAMS

GO AHEAD: Andersen, Schmidt, Vriends, Van der Linden, Schenk (Haps 76), Overgoor, Türüç, Rijsdijk, Antonia, Falkenburg (Kolder 90), Houtkoop (Godee 69).

SUBS NOT USED: Ter Mate, Amevor, Azevedo, Lambooij.

GOALS: Antonia 33.

BOOKINGS: None.

TWENTE: Marsman, Rosales, Martina, Bjelland, Koppers, Ebecilio, Promes, Gutiérrez, Tadić, Castaignos, Corona (Mokhtar 63).

SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Schilder, Djordjevic, Hölscher, Röseler, Martina.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Castaignos 69.

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FC GRONINGEN 0-2 FEYENOORD

Feyenoord track Twente in fourth by a just a single point now after a 2-0 win away at FC Groningen without star striker Graziano Pelle, as the Italian begins a four-game suspension.

New club captain Jordy Clasie lead the team out after replacing Pelle this past week and his side were a goal up after just 15 minutes.

Ruben Schaken finished a lovely move after breaking free from the Groningen defenders when Tonny Vilhena lofted a deft ball over the hosts backline.

In a rare goal, defender Stefan De Vrij completed a comfortable win four minutes after the break. After the Groningen defence failed to clear a free-kick that bobbled around the area, De Vrij hit the loose ball into the ground and made it 2-0.

TEAMS

GRONINGEN: Bizot, Hateboer, Botteghin, Kappelhof, Burnet (Kirm 75), Hiariej (Zivkovic 45), Lindgren, Chery, Van der Velden (Adorjan 62), Zeefuik, Kostic.

SUBS NOT USED: Van der Lei, Magnasco, Wijnaldum, Van Nieff.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Chery 67.

FEYENOORD: Mulder, Van Beek, De Vrij, Mathijsen, Martins Indi, Kongolo, Clasie, Immers, Vilhena (Vormer 86), Schaken, Te Vrede (Boëtius 66).

SUBS NOT USED: Lamprou, Nelom, Bakkal, Goossens, Armenteros.

GOALS: Schaken 15, De Vrij 49.

BOOKINGS: None.

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AJAX 1-1 SC CAMBUUR

Ajax’s lead at the top of the Eredivisie has been cut to six points after the defending champions were held to a 1-1 draw by SC Cambuur at the Amsterdam Arena.

Ajax komt niet verder dan 1-1 tegen Cambuur

The Amsterdam outfit came into the weekend with an eight-point cushion at the top but Vitesse’s win against NAC Breda on Saturday evening applied the pressure and Frank de Boer’s men could not respond.

The hosts got off to a good start as Siem De Jong gave the Amsterdammers the lead after just two minutes. After youngster left-winger Ricardo Kishna robbed Wout Droeste of the ball high up the pitch, Kishna whipped the ball into De Jong in the area to finish.

One would imagine with such an early goal that the heavens would open however, this was not the case. Cambuur were resilient and kept Ajax at bay even though the in-form Lasse Schöne returned in the side replacing Barca’s on-loanee Bojan Krkic.

The visitor’s main threat was a player that belongs to Ajax, Jody Lukoki. With his lightening quick pace, he caused the Ajax defenders many problems that needed to be cut out early before he tested goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

Cambuur should have been level on 36 minutes after Marcel Ritzmaier placed a perfect corner in for the unmarked Mohamed El Makrini, but the midfielder could not get his header on target and it was a huge let-off for De Boer’s men.

As the game went on Cambuur looked the most likely to score but Cillessen pulled off some great stops to save his side. The away side were threatening from long range efforts with Ritzmaier and half-time substitute Michiel Hemmen lashing most of the shots at the goalkeeper.

The inevitable came as Martijn Barto levelled things up on 53 minutes for 11th-placed Cambuur. The marking at a corner was once again poor by Ajax as another Ritzmaier ball was placed perfectly on the head of the unmarked Barto to nod home.

Ajax had to step it up a gear as the 52,000 fans inside the Amsterdam Arena became restless but Cambuur keeper Leonard Nienhuis held firm and was involved in an unique decision by referee Danny Makkelie. With just ten minutes to go, Makkelie awarded a free-kick inside the Cambuur penalty area as the goalkeeper was adjudged to be time-wasting and held onto the ball for more than the allowed six seconds. Luckily for the Cambuur stopper, Kolbeinn Sigthórsson effort was deflected wide of the goal.

Ajax’s pressure in the last ten minutes was too little, too late and Frank de Boer and the Amsterdam crowd had to settle for the point.

TEAMS

AJAX: Cillessen, Van Rhijn, Veltman, Moisander, Riedewald (Poulsen 72), Klaassen, Blind, Serero, Schöne (Sigthórsson 60), De Jong, Kishna (Bojan 51).

SUBS NOT USED: Vermeer, Duarte, Denswil, De Sa.

GOALS: De Jong 2.

BOOKINGS: None.

CAMBUUR: Nienhuis, Droste, Leeuwin, Van der Laan, Bijker, El Makrini (Mulders 84), Van Moorsel (Dijkstra 78), Ritzmaier, Lukoki, Barto, Manu (Hemmen 45).

SUBS NOT USED: Zeinstra, Van Boxel, Pereira, Schepers.

GOALS: Barto 53.

BOOKINGS: Ritzmaier 41, Leeuwin 79, Barto 90+3, Lukoki 90+4.

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Week 26 Eredivisie Report: Ajax take charge and win De Klassieker

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Ajax have almost wrapped up their fourth Eredivisie title in a row with a 2-1 win at De Kuip against bitter rivals Feyenoord in the 176th De Klassieker writes Will Burns.

Sunday 2nd March 2014

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FC UTRECHT 1-1 FC TWENTE

The title hopes of FC Twente have all but ended after they failed to defeat FC Utrecht on Sunday.

The visitors began the game well and took the lead through the in-form winger Quincy Promes. After the Utrecht defence failed to clear a cross, Norwegian striker Torgeir Børven nodded the ball to back post so that Promes could lash home a half volley into the roof of the net.

The equaliser came seconds after the restart with Australian Tommy Oar scoring his first goal for Utrecht with a great solo effort.

Utrecht are now four points clear from the relegation zone, while Twente climb back up into the Champions League qualifying spot.

TEAMS

UTRECHT: Ruiter, Van der Maarel, Markiet, Delpierre, Dorda, Martensson, Ayoub (Diemers 81), Sarota, Toornstra, Oar, De Ridder.

SUBS NOT USED: Verhoeven, Velzen, Quesada, Bjelica, Agudelo, Klaiber.

GOALS: Oar 46.

BOOKINGS: Van der Maarel 24, Toornstra 69.

TWENTE: Marsman, Rosales, Martina, Bjelland, Koppers, Ebecilio, Tadić, Promes, Gutierrez, Castaignos, Børven (Corona 72).

SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Mokhtar, Breukers, Eghan, Schilder, Roseler.

GOALS: Promes 18.

BOOKINGS: Koppers 19, Ebecilio 69.

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FEYENOORD 1-2 AJAX

Frank de Boer’s Ajax failed to suffer a Europa League hangover to clinch a vital 2-1 win in the De Klassieker on Sunday afternoon. The win virtually eliminates all the other title challengers as Ajax now sit eight points clear at the top of the Eredivisie.

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Ronald Koeman’s men suffered a fatal blow in the title race as Feyenoord failed to hold onto a goal lead and Ajax now look set to clinch their fourth consecutive Eredivisie championship.

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De Kuip was full to capacity for the 176th Klassieker which saw a great opening goal from Graziano Pellè on the half-hour. The Italian, who was granted permission to play by the KNVB after having a one-match ban for his outburst at Twente last week suspended for a year, powerfully nodded home a Bruno Martins Indi cross for his 19th league goal of the season.

Ajax got back into it and the sides went in level at half-time. Icelandic striker Kolbeinn Sigthórsson equalised on the stroke of half-time after an excellent run into the area from Ricardo Kishna.

Ajax completed their comeback on 72 minutes courtesy of central defender Joël Veltman, who fired home from a scramble after a Lerin Duarte corner.

Ajax are now unbeaten for 14 games in the league and look set to retain their title. Feyenoord, on the other hand, now sit in fourth, four points adrift of second place, which they will need if they dream of Champions League football next year.

After the game, Pelle was interviewed by FOX Sports reporter Jan Joost van Gangelen – if you have not heard about it, it is controversial, click here to read more and view the video.

TEAMS

FEYENOORD: Mulder, Janmaat, De Vrij, Kongolo, Martins Indi, Vilhena, Immers, Clasie (Vormer 78), Boëtius (Goossens 86), Schaken (Te Verde 76), Pellè.

SUBS NOT USED: Lamprou, Mathijsen, Van Beek, Verhoek.

GOALS: Pellè 30.

BOOKINGS: Clasie 50, Te Vrede 77.

AJAX: Cillessen, Van Rhijn, Veltman, Moisander, Blind, Serero (Duarte 64), Polusen, Klaassen, De Jong, Kishna (De Sa 79), Bojan (Sigthórsson 38).

SUBS NOT USED: Vermeer, Riedewald, Denswil, Andersen.

GOALS: Sigthorsson 45, Veltman 72.

BOOKINGS: Veltman 89.

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FC GRONINGEN 1-1 SC CAMBUUR

In horrible conditions inside the Euroborg, FC Groningen and SC Cambuur shared the points in a 1-1 draw.

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The pitch was heavily waterlogged which left the teams taking to the air when creating chances, however, we had to wait until the second half for goals.

A counter attack brought the first goal just five minutes after the interval when Tjaronn Chery tapped home after from a great run down the left wing by Filip Kostic.

However, the game ended a draw after Elvis Manu, on-loan from Feyenoord, notched a spot-kick on 77 minutes. Referee Kevin Blom had deemed Johan Kappelkof has handballed Jody Lukoki’s cross.

TEAMS

GRONINGEN: Bizot, Hateboer, Burnet, Kapplehof, Botteghin, Hiariej (Van der Velden 79), Kieftenbeld, De Leeuw (Kirm 57), Chery, Kostic, Zeefuik (Zivkovic 83).

SUBS NOT USED: Lei, Van Neiff, Wijnladum, Lindgren.

GOALS: Chery 50.

BOOKINGS: De Leeuw 26, Hiariej 60, Kirm 75, Hateboer 80, Kieftenbeld 90.

CAMBUUR: Nienhuis, Droeste, Leeuwin (Van Boxel 45), Laan, Bijker, Ritzmaier, El Makrini, Van Moorsel (Hemmen 64), Lukoki (Van Brakel 89), Manu, Barto.

SUBS NOT USED: Schepers, Zeinstra, Pereira, Mulders.

GOALS: Manu 77P.

BOOKINGS: Van Moorsel 58.

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AZ ALKMAAR 4-0 RKC WAALWIJK

In the final game of the weekend, Dick Adovcaat’s AZ Alkmaar thumped RKC Waalwijk 4-0 at the AFAS Stadion.

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The hosts found themselves in front after just nine minutes thanks to defender Jeffrey Gouweleeuw‘s first goal of the season.

Advocaat’s side managed to double their advantage with Nick Viergever adding a second in the 20th minute. This was his third goal in four games for the big central defender.

The lead was extended after the interval with Steven Berghuis doing the damage, scoring in the 48th and 59th minutes to help secure the convincing victory.

With the win, AZ are in seventh and improve their tally to 37 points, while RKC Waalwijk are in the drop zone, two points adrift to safety.

TEAMS

AZ: Esteban, Johansson, Gouweleeuw, Viergever, Poulsen, Gudelj, Ortiz (Gorter 63), Elm, Beerens (Gudmundsson 68), Berghuis (Haye 79), Jóhannsson.

SUBS NOT USED: De Winter, Hoedt, Lewis, Reijnen.

GOALS: Gouweleeuw 9, Viergever 20, Berghuis 48 & 59.

BOOKINGS: Gorter 70.

RKC: Šeda, Lamey, Hoevelen, Mosselveld, Amieux, Braber, Anderson (Peltzer 85), Sno, Joachim (Jungschläger 71), Castelen (Beauguel 74), Schet.

SUBS NOT USED: Van Dijk, Ivens, Apau, Duits.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Lamey 39, Anderson 75.

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 26 – SUNDAY PREVIEW & BETTING TIPS

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Will Burns has nailed TEN OUT OF LAST TEN tips and after making a lot of people rich he’s back with his selections for the Eredivisie for Sunday’s games and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Sunday 2nd March

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FC UTRECHT vs. FC TWENTE (11:30 GMT)

Last weekend, a narrow 1-0 win over FC Groningen stopped an unwanted eight game winless streak for Jan Wouters’ FC Utrecht, but today they face a stern test in second-place FC Twente.

Ajax are six points ahead of Twente, so Michel Jansen needs to pick up wins especially as the Amsterdammers face Feyenoord this weekend, to put some pressure back on Frank de Boer.

I can see Twente winning this comfortably, they currently have the best player in the league in Serbian playmaker Dušan Tadić, who has been on fire since the turn of the year. Place him supply Quincy Promes and Luc Castaignos and I cannot see Utrecht handling that three-pronged attack.

Look for Twente to win by at least two goals at a massive 7/4 with Bet Victor.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Twente -1 (7/4 – BetVictor)

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FEYENOORD vs. AJAX (13:30 GMT)

In the De Klassieker on Sunday afternoon, Feyenoord host Ajax in a true six pointer. With Ronald Koeman knowing that a win would take them within six points of the leaders.

Ajax displayed two horror shows in Europe with a 3-0 home defeat to Salzburg and losing 3-1 in  the return leg in Austria, which showed some weaknesses that De Boer must deal with. The 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar last weekend domestically will be thrown the out the window come Sunday.

The Amsterdammers head into the cauldron known as De Kuip, and the partisan Rotterdam crowd will be even louder for this match which is one of the most heated rivals in world football.

The defending champions are depleted with first-team stars like Lasse Schöne, Thulani Serero and Viktor Fischer missing through injury. De Boer will be hoping Lerin Duarte and Bojan (on-loan from Barcelona) step up their game after disappointing campaign so far, although Duarte’s two goals last weekend has gone some way in repaying his manager.

I feel Feyenoord will nick this with a narrow victory. Graziano Pelle is still scoring consistently, the bite of Jordy Clasie in the midfield could silence the attempts of Davy Klaassen. The Ajax defence may be too occupied by Pelle to give Jean-Paul Boëtius, Ruben Schaken, Lex Immers attention and the temptation to shoot on sight may give Japser Cillessen in goal a hard day in the Ajax goal.

It could be the two legs like the Salzburg games, relived for Frank de Boer. Feyenoord to win is 6/5 at Betfair and that is a price we cannot ignore.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Feyenoord to win (6/5 – Betfair)

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FC GRONINGEN vs. SC CAMBUUR (13:30 GMT)

SC Cambuur have failed to win their last 12 away matches in Eredivisie, but today I feel it changes. After viewing their last few games, they look a real attacking threat going forward.

FC Groningen are experiencing a poor season with just one win in six games, which was an uninspiring 1-0 home win over Go Ahead Eagles. Last weekend, they helped FC Utrecht end their winless streak as mentioned earlier, so it is safe to say, they are not playing well.

I see Cambuur finally getting the away win and at a HUGE 14/5 offered at Bet365, this win could be massively profitable for anyone gambling on it.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Cambuur to win (14/5 – Bet365)

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AZ ALKMAAR vs. RKC WAALWIJK (15:30 GMT)

AZ are the last remaining Eredivisie side in Europe after eliminating Czech side Slovan Liberec midweek so they may be a little tired when hosting RKC Waalwijk on Sunday.

I look at the goals in this game and especially at RKC Waalwijk. Although Dick Advocaat’s side are not great scorers in 2014, only 11 goals scored in eight games I see Over 3.5 Goals in this game mainly due to RKC’s record in the last few games.

RKC coach Erwin Koeman announced this week he would be stepping down as manager at the end of this season so this may affect he team and help AZ’s goal tally. There has been at least four goals in all the last four RKC games. Drawing 2-2 with Go Ahead, they defeated Utrecht 5-2, they were then turned over 3-1 by NEC and last weekend, handed a 3-1 loss by Vitesse.

Our best bet will see this run continue into the fifth game with Over 3.5 Goals valued at 11/8 by our friends at BetVictor.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Over 3.5 Goals (11/8 – Bet Victor)

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Week 25 Eredivisie Report: Ajax bounce back

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Ajax are now six points clear at the top of the Eredivisie after Twente and Feyenoord cancelled each other out in a 2-2 draw and the Amsterdammers battered AZ Alkmaar 4-0.

Sunday 23rd February 2014

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FC UTRECHT 1-0 FC GRONINGEN

Jan Wouters’ Utrecht won their first game in nine with a late Johan Martensson strike in a game that they deserved all three points.

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In what was a lacklustre opening half, it was Groningen that could have easily opened the scoring had it not be for Utrecht stopper Robbin Ruiter, named man of the match, saving his side.

Just after the interval the hosts had a golden opportunity to take the lead. After Michael de Leeuw had slided in the box to stop a Steve de Ridder shot, the ball ricocheted and stopped in the box by the Groningen man’s hand. Referee Ed Janssen pointed to the spot and De Ridder smashed the resultant kick off the crossbar.

Midway through the second period, Utrecht started to press and looked the more likely to score especially as Jens Toornstra had a chance to score a trademark free-kick, but again hit the woodwork.

As Utrecht attacked, Groningen would get the odd chance to run on the counter but failed to breach Ruiter’s goal as Tjarron Chery then hit the post with just six minutes remaining.

The Stadion Galgenwaard erupted on 88 minutes as the crowd finally saw their team win at the fifth attempt with a long range effort from Johan Martensson. After good work from Toornstra and Tommy Oar combining, Steve de Ridder ended up dishing the ball out to the Swedish midfielder to rifle past Marco Bizot.

The win takes Utrecht up to 13th and gives Wouters a bit of relief from the pressure he has been under as of late. He will look to build on this result next when high-flying FC Twente arrive next Sunday.

TEAMS

UTRECHT: Ruiter, Klaiber (Bjelica 74), Markiet, Delpierre, Dorda, Toornstra, Sarota (Quesada 82), Diemers (Martensson 69), De Ridder, Oar, Agudelo.

SUBS NOT USED: Verhoeven, Cortie, Badjeck, Abena.

GOALS: Martensson 88.

BOOKINGS: Delpierre 27, Oar 65, Agudelo 66.

GRONINGEN: Bizot, Burnet, Botteghin, Hateboer, Kappelhof, Kieftenbeld, Van Nieff (Hiariej 64), De Leeuw (Zeefuik 82), Chery, Kostić, Adorjan (Van der Velden 64).

SUBS NOT USED: Van der Lei, Lindgren, Wijnaldum, Zivkovic.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: De Leeuw 47, Hateboer 83.

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AJAX 4-0 AZ ALKMAAR

After the horror showing on Thursday night in a 3-0 loss to Red Bull Salzburg, Ajax got back to winning ways thumping Dick Advocaat’s AZ Alkmaar by four goals to nil.

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The Amsterdammers, obviously itching to repay their fans, were ahead after just four minutes. Daley Blind spied Ricardo van Rhijn sprinting down the right-wing and from there the full-back’s ball into the feet of Siem de Jong ended up in the net.

The hosts suffered a blow on 10 minutes when Viktor Fischer pulled up with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by 20-year-old winger Lesly de Sa.

Advocaat’s men could have equalised minutes later after Victor Elm crossed for Marcus Henriksen but the Norweigan was denied by the feet of Jasper Cillessen. Ajax nearly ended their lead on the half-hour but Lerin Duarte’s free-kick from the edge of the area crept just wide.

After the break, the disappointing Bojan, on-loan from Barcelona was replaced by the highly-rated Ricardo Kishna, a 19-year-old that made his debut as a substitute in Thursday’s Europa League defeat.

The youngster quickly made an impact being involved in the second goal. On 54 minutes, after recieving Blind’s ball, Kishna controlled and carried into the box, laid the ball into De Jong who flicked it Lerin Duarte to score with ease.

Just after the hour mark, Ricardo Kishna notched himself and it was some goal on his Eredivisie debut. On the left side of the area, he burst past Mathias Johansson and fired the shot across the goal to give Costa Rican goalkeeper Esteban no chance.

Duarte notched his second to finish the scoring on 74 mintues with an excellent solo effort that he finished by blasting into the roof of the net.

Ajax will be hard to catch on this performance which was a vast improvement on Thursday showing. They now travel to Salzburg this week to try overcome the three goal deficit.

TEAMS

AJAX: Cillessen, Van Rhijn, Veltman, Moisander, Blind; Klaassen, Poulsen, Duarte, Bojan (Kishna 46), De Jong (Sigthórsson 70), Fischer (De Sa 12).

SUBS NOT USED: Vermeer, Andersen, Denswil, Riedewald.

GOALS: De Jong 4, Duarte 54, 74, Kishna 60.

BOOKINGS: De Sa 26.

AZ: Esteban, Viergever, Reijnen (Poulsen 46), Gouweleeuw, Wuytens (Jóhannson 46), Elm, Henriksen, Ortiz (Haye 70), Jóhannsson, Berghuis, Beerens.

SUBS NOT USED: De Winter, Gorter, Gudmundsson, Avdic.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Ortiz 40, Elm 84.

Vitesse-RKC

VITESSE 3-1 RKC WAALWIJK

Peter Bosz will be a relieved man after finally watching his Vitesse side end their winless run of five games with a 3-1 victory over RKC Waalwijk.

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Vitesse have slipped off the pace in the race for the Eredivisie championship in recent weeks, and found themselves trailing at the break to the relegation-troubled RKC.

Former Celtic midfielder Evander Sno spotted Kenny Anderson making a darting run and played a perfect through ball and Anderson kept his cool to finish past Piet Velthuizen after 14 minutes.

The first half petered out and it was a disappointing show by the hosts that needed a double substitution of Renato Ibarra and Valeri Qazaishvili to make the RKC defence fall to pieces.

The scores were level in the 50th minute. Making his debut for Vitesse since his move from PEC Zwolle in the winter transfer window, Ronald Achenteh whipped in a ball towards the front post from the left wing. Mike Havanaar got in front of Prince Gouano to deliver a sliding finish to make it one goal apiece.

Two minutes later, the game was totally turnaround and Vitesse were 2-1 up. Valeri Qazaishvili spun a beautiful curling left footer past Jan Šeda to send the home crowd wild. RKC manager Erwin Koeman had saw all three points slip away in a matter of minutes.

The third and final goal was taken well by young Chelsea on-loan midfielder Christian Atsu with his third goal of the season. Great link-up play by Ibarra and Davy Pröpper saw the latter force a block from his shot which fell perfectly for Atsu at the back post to volley home with great composure.

A great win for Vitesse and a relief for Bosz, they now face the challenge of trying to claw back Ajax’s eight points lead they have over them.

TEAMS

VITESSE: Velthuizen, Van der Struijk, Kashia (Ibarra 46), Van der Heijden, Achenteh, Pröpper, Vejinovic, Atsu, Labyad, Havenaar (Djurdjevic 89), Traoré (Qazaishvili 46).

SUBS NOT USED: Room, Mori, Piazón, Vink.

GOALS: Havenaar 50, Qazaishvili 52, Atsu 68.

BOOKINGS: None

RKC: Šeda, Van Hoevelen, Amieux, Gouano (Van Weert 72), Lamey, Duits, Anderson, Sno, Castelen, De Ridder, Schet (Beauguel 65).

SUBS NOT USED: Van Dijk, Van Mosselveld, Joachim, Braber, Apau.

GOALS: Anderson 14.

BOOKINGS: Van Weert 78, Duits 91.

Twente-Feyenoord

FC TWENTE 2-2 FEYENOORD

FC Twente fought back from 2-0 down against Feyenoord at De Grolsch Veste in the final game of Week 25 to draw 2-2, which is a result that neither team wanted in the title race.

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The hosts created a glorious opportunity to take the lead after just six minutes of play but unfortunately Quincy Promes failed to wear his shooting boots. Great technical play in the middle of the park by Dušan Tadić found Luc Castaignos down the right. The striker fired a low cross across the goalmouth by Promes, arriving at the back post, fluffed the finished and scuffed his effort wide of Erwin Mulder’s post.

Feyenoord took the lead after the 14th minute and it was Graziano Pellè once again with the goal, making it his 19th of the Eredivisie campaign. Jean-Paul Boëtius, a threat throughout the game, whipped the ball in low to the Italian’s feet, Pellè flicked the ball up,  spun and fired a left footed volley past Nick Marsman. An excellent finish with tremendous technique from a man, that would be worthy of gracing his presence the Italian national side in this form.

The visitors were upset that referee Serdar Gözübüyük did awarded them a penalty for a Rasmus Bengtsson handball on 21 minutes, but video replays showed it was more ball to hand rather than hand to ball.

In the second half, Feyenoord found a second from Jean-Paul Boëtius on 55 minutes. After a tremendous dribble from Terrence Kongolo down the left wing he over-hit his cross that ended up on the right wing with Ruben Schaken. Schaken played in Immers in the area, and the midfielder teed it up for Boëtius to smash home from the edge of the box.

The goal woke up Twente and immediately they pressed for goals. Promes found Luc Castaignos with a through ball on 68 minutes, and the young striker powered a right footed effort into Mulder’s near post.

Twente pressed for the levelling goal but missed many shots, failing to hit target. However, after Castaignos, Promes and Norwegian substitute Torgeir Borven was unable to test Mulder, it was a Promes corner that provided the equaliser five minutes into injury time. Whipping a vicious testing ball in the area, the Feyenoord defence failed to clear and the opportunity fell perfectly for Cuco Martino to fire a low drive past Mulder to send the stadium into raptures.

Neither team could afford to draw this game in the title race, and they now face even more of an uphill struggle to catch Ajax now.

TEAMS

TWENTE: Marsman, Koppers, Bjelland, Rosales, Bengtsson, Ebecilio, Eghan, Gutierrez, Tadić, Promes, Castaignos.

SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Schilder, Djordjevic, Corona, Roseler, Martina, Børven.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: None

FEYENOORD: Mulder, Janmaat, Kongolo, De Vrij, Mathijsen, Clasie, Immers, Vilhena, Boëtius, Schaken, Pellè.

SUBS NOT USED: Graafland, Armenteros, Bakkal, Nelom, Te Vrede, Goossens, Van Beek.

GOALS: Pellè 14.

BOOKINGS: None.

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 25 – SUNDAY PREVIEW & BETTING TIPS

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Will Burns is back with his picks for the Eredivisie for this Sunday’s games and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Sunday 23rd February

Utrecht-Groningen

FC UTRECHT vs. FC GRONINGEN (11:30 GMT)

How many weeks now have I been writing that Jan Wouters is under pressure? This weekend means no different when FC Groningen visit the Stadion Galgenwaard.

Although, Utrecht have defeated Groningen their last five home matches against them in all competitions, I cannot see Wouters’ leading them to a victory today. The hosts have yet to win a game in 2014 and their last win came in a 2-0 away win at Cambuur in December.

However, Groningen have not win away in five games but ended five games without a win last weekend hosting Go Ahead Eagles. Look for Erwin van de Looi to lead his side to another win on Sunday morning and at 11/5, the price offered by Bet Victor, this is bet that cannot be ignored.

BURNS’ BEST BET: FC Groningen to win (11/5 – BetVictor) – Click here to bet on this market and receive up to £25 in free bets.

Ajax-AZ

AJAX vs. AZ ALKMAAR (13:30 GMT)

After suffering a humiliating and demoralising 3-0 defeat in Europe this week at the hands of Red Bull Salzburg, Frank de Boer has the task of motivating Ajax to a win against AZ Alkmaar at the Amsterdam Arena on Sunday afternoon.

De Boer’s men were run ragged by Salzburg whose high defensive line and ultra-pressure did not give Ajax time to think on Thursday. Although, Ajax have found their game in ten wins of their last 12 Eredivisie matches, however, the Amsterdammers were held to a 2-2 home draw to AZ last season.

AZ Alkmaar hope not to be suffering from the travel to the Czech Republic on Thursday where they picked up in a late 1-0 win against Slovan Liberec. How will Thursday’s defeat affect Ajax’s play and AZ’s tactics is set to be seen on Sunday come kick off? Last week’s hat-trick hero Lasse Schone is out with ankle ligament injury for an unknown time and he will be a big miss to the hosts. I think 7/2 at Betfair for a draw in this game looks too good to miss here.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Draw (7/2 – Betfair) – Click here to bet on this market.

Vitesse-RKC

VITESSE vs. RKC WAALWIJK (13:30 GMT)

Peter Bosz’s Vitesse were flying-high before the winter break but the Arnhem side are currently experiencing a run of five games without a win, gaining just two points from a possible fifteen. On Sunday, they face the visit of RKC Waalwijk who are fighting for their lives just two points off the drop zone.

There has been Under 2.5 Goals in the last five Vitesse games but Bosz’s men need to pick up points soon if they wish to catch Ajax, who are seven points clear.  I think Vitesse will win and there will be goals. Also, RKC are well capable of notching with 12 goals in the last six games so I see Over 3.5 Goals as the best bet in this game.

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Twente-Feyenoord

FC TWENTE vs. FEYENOORD (15:30 GMT)

The main event of the weekend is a true six pointer at the De Grolsch Veste as second play third when Twente host Feyenoord. Michel Jansen’s men are three points clear of their opponents in second, which earns a spot in the Champions League qualifying round and with 10 games left to play, this game proves vital for both sides.

The Enschede outfit have been defeated just one of their last 13 matches in the league, a 3-2 loss at PSV on February 8th, and will take some confidence from Feyenoord’s record of having won just two of their last five. Twente celebrated a 4-1 victory when the sides met in Rotterdam earlier in the season, and will see this as a pivotal week in their campaign as they bid to reduce the four-point deficit to leaders Ajax.

Undefeated at home this season, the odds weigh in the favour of Twente in this clash, but Ronald Koeman’s Feyenoord are in good away form clinching ten points from a possible fifteen. It is make or break for both sides today and I cannot pick a winner but with two most potent attacks in the Eredivisie this game promises goals. Let’s get on Over 3.5 Goals for the bet and enjoy watching this one.

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

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 24 – SATURDAY’S PREVIEW & BETTING TIPS

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Will Burns is back with his picks for the Eredivisie in today’s games and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Saturday 15th February

Twente-Vitesse

TWENTE vs. VITESSE – 17:45

Second play fourth as Vitesse visit FC Twente in the game of the week early Saturday evening.

With stars like Dušan Tadić, Quincy Promes and Luc Castaignos on one side and Lucas Piazón, Christian Atsu and Davy Pröpper on the other – both sides have quality to take the three points and I see this one being a close affair.

This is a game that could either way so for our best bet we opt for Under 2.5 Goals. In their last four games, there have been under 2.5 goals scored in Vitesse’s matches. Past history also shows that Twente have seen under 2.5 goals in five of their last six matches in all competitions against Vitesse.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Under 2.5 Goals (6/4 – Betfair) – Click here to bet on this market.

RKC-NEC

RKC WAALWIJK vs. NEC NIJMEGEN – 18:45

RKC face NEC in a vital relegation six-pointer and for teams down at the wrong end of the league, they have not had a bad run as of late. RKC only losing one game in their last six, with NEC losing two.

NEC’s real problem is their away form, the Nijmegen side have failed to find a win in the last 16 attempts. RKC are set to win their third successive game at the Mandemakers Stadion and stretch their home unbeaten run to eight games.

BURNS’ BEST BET: RKC to win (13/10 – BetVictor) – Click here to bet on this market.

Roda-ADO

RODA JC vs. ADO DEN HAAG – 18:45

In another relegation battle, Henk Fräser’s ADO travel to face Jon Dahl Tomasson’s Roda JC. The problem with both of these sides has been finding goals.

Away from home, ADO have failed to find the net in five of their last seven away trips and Roda have only score three times in their last five Eredivisie games.

ADO will struggle to replace the suspended Tom Beugelsdijk who has been the diamond in the rough at Den Haag these season. Will the weakened defence be able to control Guus Hupperts for Roda – I predict that they won’t but Roda to win with by scoring just one or two goals.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Under 2.5 Goals (13/10 – BetVictor) – Click here to bet on this market.

AZ-Utrechtg

AZ ALKMAAR vs. FC UTRECHT – 19:45

The under-pressure Jan Wouters is in desperate need of stopping an horrific run of no wins in seven including six defeats.

Will they stop this rot today? I predict no and that things are going to get worse for Utrecht fans. A trip to AZ is no easy task, and with up to eight first teamers injured for Wouters, I cannot see any side he picks this evening getting a result.

Best bet would be to take AZ to win at half-time and full-time and I can see Alkmaar dominating throughout.

BURNS’ BEST BET: AZ Alkmaar HT/FT (23/20 – BoyleSports)

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Midweek Eredivisie Report: Tadić rescues Twente’s point

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Wednesday 12th February 2014

FC GRONINGEN 1-1 FC TWENTE

The in-form Dušan Tadić scored the equaliser as Groningen held Twente to a 1-1 draw which meant the Enschede side missed the opportunity to move just two points behind league leaders Ajax.

The hosts ended a three-game losing streak and got off to the perfect start after Hungarian striker Krisztián Adorján, on-loan from Liverpool, gave Erwin van de Looi side the lead with only five minutes gone.

Tjaronn Chery played Hans Hateboer down the right-wing, and after the young full-back whipped in a cross to the back post the Hungarian rose to head towards goal. Twente defender Andreas Bjelland tried to clear of the line but the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line. The Euroborg erupted with a sea of green and white celebrating.

For the visitors it took them most of the first-half to get into the game, but shortly before the interval full-back Dico Koppers found the unmarked Youness Mokhtar, whose shot was parried wide by goalkeeper Marco Bizot.

After the half-time team talks, both sides had chances but Twente eventually showed their position in the league and found the equaliser on 77 minutes. Kyle Ebecilio played a pass through to Luc Castaignos in the area and the young striker held off the challenge of Lorenzo Burnet to fire a ball across the goal.  Serbian midfielder Dušan Tadić was available on the edge of the six-yard box to fire home with his tenth goal of the season.

GRONINGEN: Bizot, Burnet, Botteghin, Kappelhof, Hateboer, Van Nieff, Lindgren, De Leeuw (Hiarlej 82), Chery, Kostic, Adorjan (Zivkovic 64).

SUBS NOT USED: Van der Lei, Kirm, Wijnaldum, Magnasco, Zeefuik.

GOALS: Adorjan 5.

BOOKINGS: None.

TWENTE: Marsman, Rosales, Koppers, Bengtsson (Martina 70), Bjelland, Promes, Gutiérrez, Ebecilio, Mokhtar (Børven 62), Tadić, Castaignos.

SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Schilder, Djurdjevic, Roseler, Eghan.

GOALS: Tadić 77.

BOOKINGS: None.

STANDINGS

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EREDIVISIE MIDWEEK PREVIEW & BETTING TIPS

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A re-arrangement from Week 20 sees FC Twente travel to Groningen on Wednesday evening to try and close the gap between themselves and league leaders Ajax.  How well does our tipster Will Burns think they’ll get on… read on and find out.

Wednesday 12th February

Groningen-Twente

FC GRONINGEN vs. FC TWENTE – 18:45

Twente can be within two points of top spot in the Eredivisie if they are successful in clinching all three points against 11th place FC Groningen.

A big blow to Groningen hopes on Wednesday will be the suspended Maikel Kieftenbeld after receiving a red card in Sunday’s derby defeat to Heerenveen. Twente coach Michel Jansen is expected to maintain with a 4-3-3 formation with the impressive Dušan Tadić in the attacking central role. On the wing, Youness Mokhtar and Quincy Promes will start to supply powerhouse striker Luc Castaignos.

The visitors have been victorious in all of their last six matches against Groningen in all competitions and I cannot see past them again here. PSV defeated Twente at the weekend but after Zwolle held Ajax it has give Twente a glimmer of hope of clinching another Eredivisie championship.

The best bet will be Twente to win at half-time and full-time at a great price of 13/8 at Betfair. Look for plenty goals to be scored and Twente leave the Euroborg just two points adrift of Ajax.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Twente HT/FT (13/8 – Betfair)

 

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Week 23 Eredivisie Report: PSV stun Twente, Feyenoord hit five

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A great day for Feyenoord, PSV and AJAX fans as FC Twente were felled by the Eindhoven side 3-2 to help Ajax out who could go seven points clear at the top with a win at PEC Zwolle. For Ronald Koeman’s men, it was a tremendous home performance smashing five past Anton Janssen’s NEC side.

Saturday 8th February 2014

PSV 3-2 FC TWENTE

FC Twente’s title hopes were stalled by a resurgent PSV side in a fantastic five-goal thriller on Saturday evening.

It was a dream start for PSV who exploded out the blocks and took the lead after just seven minutes. Colombian right-back Santiago Arias, a summer signing from Sporting Lisbon, bombed down the right-wing, cut inside the box, shrugged off Andreas Bjelland to fire past Nick Marsman in goal.

Both sides played with high-octane pressure all the way up the pitch and on 23 minutes, PSV broke through the Twente defence again. Memphis Depay whipped in a pin-point cross to meet the head of Jürgen Locadia who got in front of Bjelland to double the lead. The Eindhoven crowd was in raptures, and the feel good factor was back in the Philips Stadion.

The second goal fired some life into Twente who could possibly feel their title challenge slipping away. Just past the half-hour mark, Serbian playmaker Dušan Tadić, on-fire as of late with 9 goals and 11 assists this season, nearly reduced the deficit. He intercepted a ball in the final third of the pitch and skipped the challenge of Jorrit Hendrix and smashed a shot from 25 yards that rattled Jeroen Zoet’s crossbar.

The back and forth action returned in PSV’s favour with a decent chance for Depay on 37 minutes. Breaking on the counter has become a specialty for the young PSV side and from a Twente corner, Depay found himself through on goal, but the winger saw his effort creep wide.

Robbert Schilder’s quick throw-in lead them to getting a goal back on 40 minutes. High up the pitch, Schilder caught the PSV defence asleep as the ball was thrown into Quincy Promes’s path and holding off Jeffrey Bruma’s attention, Promes blasted the ball past Zoet for 2-1.

After the break, even though they still had the lead PSV did not sit-back and searched for a third and in the 52nd minute they had the goal. Left-back Jetro Willems scored the goal of the night, emerging from the left-wing with the ball and finely curling a low shot from the edge of the area past the scrambling Marsman that had misjudged the shot.

The scoring was not finished and nor were Twente as we saw the fifth and final goal on 68 minutes. PSV failed to clear a corner and Kyle Ebecilio took advantage a prod home. The two goal conceded by PSV today will the type of errors that Phillip Cocu and Guus Hiddink will want to cut out in future games.

Twente pressed hard to level the game but to no avail and in the final stages of the games, the Phillips Stadion maybe said goodbye to Tim Matavz, whose rumoured €8m transfer to Rubin Kazan could happen sometime this week.

The Eindhoven crowd were jubilant and it was a great win for Cocu’s side that took them to fifth in the Eredivisie standings with Heerenveen (6th) still to play in Sunday’s games.

TEAMS

PSV: Zoet, Arias, Bruma, Hendrix, Willems, Park, Hiljemark, Schaars, Depay, Ruiz (Narsingh 82), Locadia (Matavz 90).

SUBS NOT USED: Tyton, Zanka Jorgensen, Maher, Jozefzoon, Brenet.

GOALS: Arias 7, Locadia 23, Willems 52

BOOKINGS: None.

FC TWENTE: Marsman, Rosales, Bengtsson, Bjelland, Schilder, Promes, Ebecilio, Gutiérrez, Mokhtar, Tadić, Castaignos.

SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Koppers, Djurdjevic, Martina, Eghan, Tapia, Børven.

GOALS: Promes 40, Ebecilio 68.

BOOKINGS: Rosales.

NAC BREDA 2-0 RODA JC

NAC Breda jumped up to ninth placed with a 2-0 home win over Roda, who slip back into the bottom three.

It was an even game but Roda failed to make their chances into goals and it was NAC that nearly broke the deadlock just before the hour mark. Mats Seuntjens lofted a perfect ball over the top of the Roda defenders, and the onrushing Rydell Poepon stretched out for the ball but his effort scraped past the post.

NAC finally gained the lead on 73 minutes through substitute Adnane Tighadouini. Poepon knocked the ball down into Tighadouini’s path, who avoided Timo Letschert’s challenge to fire home.

The game was killed off two minutes before full-time by Stipe Perica. Also a substitute, the Croatian chased a ball down the right-wing in a tussle with the emerging Roda goalkeeper Filip Kurto. Perica won the race and got the ball before the ‘keeper and slid the ball home into the empty net.

TEAMS

NAC: Ten Rouwelaar, De Roover, Drost, Buijs, Van der Weg, Seuntjens (Perica 73), Suk, Matic, Verbeek, Poepon (Swerts 82), Sarpong (Tighadouini 65).

SUBS NOT USED: Babos, Hooi, Gommeren, Bodor.

GOALS: Tighadouini 73, Perica 87.

BOOKINGS: Seuntjens, Sarpong.

RODA: Kurto, Letschert, Luijckx, Biemans, Van Peppen, Hupperts, Donald, Sutchuin, Bonevacia, Jansen (Hocher 21), Pluim (Shkurtaj 90+1).

SUBS NOT USED: Prus, Ramos, De Beule, Paulissen, Jacobs.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: None.

GO AHEAD EAGLES 2-1 AZ ALKMAAR

Dick Advocaat’s AZ side have been in good form winning defeating Groningen and Vitesse in the last seven days, but after a poor performance on Saturday, they fell to Go Ahead Eagles 2-1.

The Eagles took the lead with the goal of the day in the Eredivisie. Full-back Doke Schmidt found himself free to try a daring long-range shot from 40 yards out that gave Esteban no chance of stopping, hitting the post and into the net.

The 7,938 crowd inside the Adelaarshorst was loud and imposing as usual and AZ failed to get the ball down and play. Swedish striker Denni Avdić replaced the injured Aron Johansson up front and the 25 year-old failed to make an impact for Advocaat’s men.

The three points were clinched late on by a great counter attacking goal as AZ pressed for an equaliser. After a Stephan Andersen kick from the opposite end, Jeffrey Rijsdijk retrieved and dished out the ball to Jarchinio Antonia who was racing through on goal. The 23-year-old sidestepped Esteban and defender Jeffrey Gouweleeuw could not stop the effort on the line.

Roy Beerens  notched a consolation goal for AZ, but it was a bad day at the office for the Alkmaar club.

TEAMS

GO AHEAD: Andersen, Schmidt, Vriends, Van der Linden, Schenk, Falkenburg, Overgoor, Türüç, Godee, Kolder (Rijsdijk 67), Houtkoop.

SUBS NOT USED: Ter Mate, Amevor, Antonia, Azevedo, Haps, Lambooij.

GOALS: Schmidt 35, Antonia 86.

BOOKINGS: None.

AZ: Esteban, Viergever, Reijnen, Gouweleeuw, Wuytens (Poulsen 73), Gudelj, Elm, Ortiz, Berghuis (Lewis 73), Beerens, Avdic.

SUBS NOT USED: Johansson, Gorter, Gudmundsson, De Winter, Henriksen.

GOALS: Beerens 90+4.

BOOKINGS: Avdic.

FEYENOORD 5-1 NEC NIJMEGEN

Ronald Koeman’s Feyenoord hit five past NEC as Jean-Paul Boëtius and Graziano Pellè ran riot all over Anton Janssen’s side.

The away side took the lead but should have had a goal earlier in the first minute if it were not for Feyenoord keeper Erwin Mulder. Michael Higdon, an aerial threat all game, knocked the ball down into the path of Christoph Hemlein. The German lashed a volley into the top corner but a strong palm from Mulder saved his side.

However, ten minutes later he could not stop another volleyed effort. Danish midfielder Søren Rieks opened the scoring after Higdon had again nodded the ball down into the Dane’s path and hit the first-time shot that looped over Mulder’s reach and into the goal.

Minutes later, John Goossens nearly scored the equaliser from a free-kick on the edge of the area but Karl-Johan Johnsson tipped the effort over.

The score was levelled up on 26 minutes after some great play from Boëtius. The winger played the lovely ball through to the overlapping Miquel Nelom on the left, the full-back swung a low cross into the back post where Lex Immers arrived to tap home.

Within nine minutes, Feyenoord has turned the game on its head with their second goal. Daryl Janmaat and Immers combined until the right-back found himself inside the area to pull the ball back from the byline to Graziano Pellè to make it two for the home side.

It should have been 3-1, on 39 minutes after the troublesome Boëtius pirouetted in the area and was subsequently brought down by NEC captain Ryan Koolwijk. Pellè stepped up but Johnsson saved with ease to the keep the score at 2-1 at half-time.

In the second-half, Koeman’s side ran riot. On 55 minutes, Jean-Paul Boëtius got a deserved goal tapping in an Immers cross at the back stick. Then the goal of the game came four minutes later.

Again, Nelom bombing down the left, crossed into the penalty at medium height. Italian hitman Pellè got in front of his marker Lasse Nielsen, and perfectly volleyed beyond Johnsson. A textbook goal that even gained the applause of the visiting fans.

He action was far from over as the visitors were awarded a penalty on 64 minutes after referee Reinold Wiedemeijer has adjudged Nelom fouled Hemlein in the area. This time, Rieks fired the ball into Mulder hands and the score stayed 4-1.

The final nail in the coffin for NEC came on 78 minutes and it was the impressive Boëtius grabbing his team’s fifth and his second after a great counter attack.

A great performance for Koeman’s side that moves ahead of Vitesse into third on goal difference.

TEAMS

FEYENOORD: Mulder, Janmaat, De Vrij, Kongolo, Nelom, Goossens (Bakkal 68), Immers, Vilhena, Pellè (Te Vrede 77), Boëtius, Schaken (Verhoek 82).

SUBS NOT USED: Graafland, Van Beek, Sleegers, Hardeveld.

GOALS: Immers 26, Pellè 35, 59, Boëtius 55, 78.

BOOKINGS: Janmaat, Boëtius.

NEC: Johnsson, Van Eijden, Conboy, Vermijl (Gravenberch 47), Nielsen, Koolwijk (Mulder 47), Foor, Rieks, Hemlein (Jahanbakhsh 75), Higdon, Jantscher.

SUBS NOT USED: Smits, Diarra, Leiwakabessy, Castillion.

GOALS: Rieks 11.

BOOKINGS: Van Eijden, Mulder.

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 23 PREVIEW & BETTING TIPS

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In the midweek games, our top tipster Will Burns hit a four bets out of nine at massive prices to make a huge profit (13/8, 13/5, 11/4 and 19/10) and last night hit ANOTHER one at 6/5. He is back with his picks for the Eredivisie this coming weekend and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Saturday 8th February

PSV-Twente

PSV vs. FC TWENTE – 17:45

With both sides coming into this one on the back of good wins, it sure proves to a be a great game when second-placed Twente travel to the Phillips Stadion to face PSV on Saturday evening.

The installation of Guus Hiddink as Phillip Cocu’s advisor will only help the Eindhoven’s patchy season so far but Twente are in great form and are desperate to close the gap between themselves and Ajax.  A win for Twente in this would sit them only a point off the top.

I believe a feel good factor could be back in Eindhoven for this one but Twente could be too strong for Cocu’s men. The best bet would be to sit on the fence and settle for a draw.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Draw (5/2 – BetVictor)

NAC-RodaJC

NAC BREDA vs. RODA JC – 18:45

It’s a relegation battle in Breda. NAC missed the chance to pick up three vital points in Nijmegen on Wednesday night and with just two wins from their last nine matches, they now find themselves just four points above the relegation zone.

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s Roda find themselves in the drop zone but only due to a poor goal-difference. In the past five trips, two draws and three defeats does not fill you full of confidence when away from home but they do have a young prodigy on their hands who could fire them up the league.

Of course, I am talking about Guus Hupperts. He is the main reason I’m betting that Roda could grab the win.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Roda to win (28/11 – Unibet)

GAE-AZ

GO AHEAD EAGLES vs. AZ ALKMAAR – 18:45

Dick Advocaat lead AZ to back-to-back wins last week, hosting Groningen and at Vitesse which gives them three wins from their first four games of the new year has revitalised their season.

The Eagles are yet to win in 2014 but have good form, one losing once in the last five games at Adelaarshorst but I see AZ’s firepower of Aron Johansson, 13 goals in 23 games being too strong for Go Ahead.  Take AZ to win at 11/10.

BURNS’ BEST BET: AZ to win (11/10 – BetVictor & WilliamHill)

Feyenoord-NEC

FEYENOORD vs. NEC NIJMEGEN– 19:45

Feyenoord had a great 2-1 away win to Roda midweek with Lex Immers and Samuel Armenteros getting involved in the goals, with Ronald Koeman not relying on Graziano Pellè notching.

NEC are undefeated in 2014 with two wins and three draws but four of those games have been played at home, the only away game was a tremendous 1-1 draw in Arnhem against Vitesse.

Could NEC gain another draw on Saturday night? Possibly… To play it safe I am going to say there are going to be goals in this one and plenty of them. Get on Over 4.5 Goals at Coral at 2/1 for the best bet of the day.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Over 4.5 Goals (2/1 – Coral)

Sunday 9th February

Heracles-Cambuur

HERACLES vs. SC CAMBUUR– 11:30

Sunday’s set of games opens with Cambuur’s visit to Heracles. The hosts smashed ADO 3-0 on Tuesday so they will be full of confidence. Cambuur held their own against PSV even though they let a 1-0 lead slip to be defeated by Cocu’s men.

On the road, Cambuur’s form is not great, losing six out of the last seven away league matches. Heracles have been in decent form at home (losing only one in five) due to the in-form Bryan Linssen firing off all cylinders, scoring six in six.

The best bet will be Heracles to be winning at half-time and continuing on to defeat Cambuur at the final whistle.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Heracles HT/FT (3/2 – Ladbrokes)

PEC-Ajax

PEC ZWOLLE vs. AJAX– 13:30

The resurgent PEC Zwolle go in search of a fourth straight win when they host league leader Ajax on Sunday.

Ron Jans’ men began the season in great form, winning their first four games and led the league for almost a month but a run of just one league win in 15 put pay to any title aspirations. Ajax started poorly for have clawed back and now top the league with a four point lead.

I predict this to be the game of the week and a real test for Ajax, with the game ending in a score draw.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Draw (13/10 – Bet Victor)

RKC-Utrecht

RKC WAALWIJK vs. FC UTRECHT– 13:30

Even though Jan Wouter’s Utrecht have won six of their last seven matches against Waalwijk in all competitions, they have lost six of their last seven away matches in league. Utrecht are truly in horrible form at the moment even though they clinched a great point at home to Ajax last weekend.

Erwin Koeman’s RKC had a great week last week, defeating PSV on Sunday and drawing away to Go Ahead on Wednesday and need more points on the board to improve their position.

Utrecht also need points to and since loan signing Juan Agudelo has arrived from Stoke,  he has started in back-to-back games alongside Steven de Ridder up front. Agudelo and De Ridder have impressed and I feel they could be the two help Wouters clinch a win.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Utrecht to win (12/5 – Coral)

Groningen-Heerenveen

FC GRONINGEN vs. HEERENVEEN – 15:30

The final game of the weekend sees Marco van Basten take his Heerenveen side to Groningen. Both teams will be looking to bounce back after midweek defeats as Groningen lost narrowly away to Ajax and Heerenveen at home against FC Twente.

Groningen were incredibly unlucky against Ajax on Thursday with a late goal snatching a great point away from their grasp. With Hakim Ziyech and Alfred Finnbogason, Heerenveen are always dangerous but I feel Groningen could win this game especially if Filip Kostic can put in a performance like he did against Ajax. BetVictor are offering 6/5 for the home win and I see this as the best bet.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Groningen to win (6/5 – BetVictor)

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Week 22 Eredivisie Report – Wednesday: Twente up to second, PSV win

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Philip Cocu can breathe a sigh of relief as PSV bounced back and grabbed three points tonight, only a few days after suffering an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to RKC Waalwijk. In the final game of the evening, Twente’s Dušan Tadić helped his team leapfrog Vitesse into second place in the league, as they defeated Heerenveen 2-0 to go just a point of leaders Ajax.

Wednesday 5th February 2014

SC CAMBUUR 1-2 PSV

PSV have had a tough start to the week, hammered by the press for Sunday’s loss and tonight did not start any better.

After just two minutes of play, Cambuur striker Elvis Manu, on-loan from Feyenoord, put his side in the lead. From a corner, the PSV failed to clear and Manu poked home, sending the 9,600 capacity into raptures.

PSV gained some motivation and searched for the equaliser, but as the last few games have shown, the young Eindhoven side looked unsure in front of goal and lacked to find that final ball to create any clear cut chances.

It was a set-piece that got Cocu’s men back in the game before half-time and it was a howler by Cambuur goalkeeper Leonard Nienhuis. As a Stijn Schaars free-kick was lofted in, Nienhuis came to claim the ball but completely missed as Jeffrey Bruma got in front of the goalie to the ball to head into the open goal.

Just after the hour mark, PSV grabbed the lead as Manu went from hero to villain. The striker in unfamiliar territory was dispossessed by Luciano Narsingh up the field and the winger floated a cross to the back post where Jürgen Locadia was waiting to flick past Nienhuis.

The Eindhoven side held on to win the game and afterwards, PSV managing director Marcel Brands stated that Rubin Kazan has a made a big money offer for Tim Matavz, we will find out over the next few days whether or not the Slovenian will sign for the Russian club. The fee is rumoured to be around €7m – an amount that PSV cannot refuse for a player that has been out of favour with Phillip Cocu.

TEAMS

CAMBUUR: Nienhuis, Van Boxel (Feldballe 82), Droste, Pereira, Leeuwin, El Makrini, Ritzmaier, Bakker, Manu, Lukoki (Schepers 68), Ogbeche (Hemmen 20).

SUBS NOT USED: Zeinstra, Van Brakel, Van Moorsel, Dijkstra.

GOALS: Manu 2.

BOOKINGS: Manu.

PSV: Zoet, Willems, Rekik, Bruma, Brenet, Schaars, Hiljemark, Park (Zanka Jørgensen 90), Depay, Locadia (Matavz 88), Narsingh (Hendrix 81).

SUBS NOT USED: Tyton, Maher, Bakkali, Arias.

GOALS: Bruma 38, Locadia 61.

BOOKINGS: Rekik.

NEC NIJMEGEN 1-1 NAC BREDA

NEC are now undefeated in five consecutive home games but failed to take all three points against NAC Breda, that would have taken the Nijmegen side out of the relegation places.

It was an even game but the away side drew first blood with Rydell Poepon pouncing on a Tobias Haitz mistake to give NAC the lead. The German defender, tried to take the ball out of his domain but got caught out by Jeffrey Sarpong and the ball fell to the powerful Poepon to blast a wonderful drive past Karl-Johan Johnsson.

The away fans did not celebrate for long, as five minutes later the score was tied. After NEC won a free-kick midway through the half, the ball was fired into the back post towards English striker Michael Higdon. Higdon rose and nodded the ball into the path of Rens van Eijden who fired home.

The home side gained some confidence from the goal and chances by Higdon and Jeffrey Leiwakabessy should have gave Anton Janssen’s men the lead but both could not get the efforts on target.

It was a nightmare game for Haitz who was later (77) dismissed by referee Ed Janssen for two bookable fouls.

TEAMS

NEC: Johnsson, Vermijl, Van Eijden, Haitz, Leiwakabessy, Štefánik (Nielsen 80), Foor, Rieks, Hemlein, Higdon (Castillion 73), Jantscher (Jahanbakhsh 63).

SUBS NOT USED: Smits, Gravenberch, Mulder, Diarra.

GOALS: Van Eijden 23.

BOOKINGS: Haitz, Leiwakabessy.

SENT OFF: Haitz.

NAC: Ten Rouwelaar, De Roover, Drost, Buijs, Van der Weg, Gilissen, Matic, Seuntjens (Suk 70), Hadouir (Verbeek 88), Poepon, Sarpong.

SUBS NOT USED: Babos, Tighadouini, Perica, Swerts, Bodor.

GOALS: Poepon 17.

BOOKINGS: Hadiour, Gilissen.

GO AHEAD EAGLES 2-2 RKC WAALWIJK

Xandro Schenk thought he had clinched all three points for Go Ahead tonight with a goal in the final minute, only for RKC’s Romeo Castelen to equalise a minute later to snatch a point.

After Prince-Desai Gouano fouled Joey Godee around 20 yards out, Jop van der Linden curled the resulting free-kick past Jan Šeda on 24 minutes to shoot the hosts in the lead.

RKC could not find an equaliser until the 64th minute after some great work down the left from Damiano Schet, the winger cut inside and fire the ball across goal but unfortunately for the hosts, Xandro Schenk stuck a book out to draw things up.

In the ninetieth minute, the action really started to heat up. From a Denis Turuc corner, RKC failed to clear as Šeda could not hold Bart Vriends header and the rebound fell to Xandro Schenk to get a goal at the right end.

As the home fans blew the roof of the stadium, RKC did not give up and from the kick-off they equalised. Jonas Ivens flicked on a long ball and Romeo Castelen held the ball up in the box, held off Schenk’s challenge and lashed a turning shot into the goal giving debtutant goalkeeper Stephan Andersen no chance of saving.

Go Ahead now sit in 13th with RKC a place below, both hovering over the relegation places, a draw was no good to either side.

TEAMS

GO AHEAD: Andersen, Schmidt, Vriends, Van der Linden, Schenk, Overgoor (Lambooij 82), Türüç, Falkenburg, Antonia (Azevedo 73), Kolder, Godee.

SUBS NOT USED: Ter Mate, Amevor, Rijsdijk, Haps, Kavak.

GOALS: Van den Linden 24, Schenk 90.

BOOKINGS: None.

RKC: Šeda, Lamey, Van Hoevelen (Ivens 69), Gouano, Amieux, Sno, Duits, Anderson, Castelen, Joachim, Schet (Beauguel 83).

SUBS NOT USED: Van Dijk, Jungschlager, Tavares, De Ridder, Apau.

GOALS: Schet 64, Castelen 90.

BOOKINGS: Duits.

HEERENVEEN 0-2 FC TWENTE

FC Twente jumped into second place tonight and did something no other team has done at the Abe Lenstra Stadion this season – stopped Heerenveen from scoring.

In a game that had expectations of many goals, it featured only two with a great defensive display from Michel Jansen’s side keeping Alfred Finnbogason out of the goals tonight.

It was a quiet uneventful first half with most efforts being kept outside of the post. Hakim Ziyech was his usual troublesome self for the Twente defenders but young goalkeeper Nick Marsman kept the goals from creeping in.

After the interval, neither team emerged with intent of attacking and both looked cautious of the others forwards. The first talking point came on 68 minutes when Twente’s Danish defender Andreas Bjelland grabbed Finnbogason on the shoulder to bring him down when he looked like he was through on goal. Referee Richard Liesveld did not deem as Bjelland being the last man since Rasmus Bengtsson was continuing just behind. Heerenveen head coach Marco van Basten was not happy with the decision and protested the case.

In the last twenty minutes, Serbian playmaker Dušan Tadić came alive. On 73 minutes, The Serb arrived in the box from the right-wing and skipped past one defender. Cutting inside he fired a shot at goal but the effort was deflected off Joey van den Berg, and the ricochet looped over Kristoffer Nordfledt arms and into the goal.

In the final moments, Heerenveen concede the second that confirmed Twente was leaving with maximum points. Tadić again involved, finding substitute striker, the 22-year-old Torgeir Børven, a winter signing from Vålerenga, to slide the ball home at the back post. This was the Norwegian’s first goal for the club in only two substitute appearances.

Twente have put real pressure on league leaders Ajax and look the main threat to stopping Frank de Boer clinching his fourth consecutive Eredivisie championship.

TEAMS

HEERENVEEN: Nordfeldt, Marzo (Sinkgraven 85), Otigba, Kum, Dijks (De Kamps 64), De Roon, Ziyech, Van den Berg, Basacikoglu, Finnbogason, Lurling (Van la Parra 68).

SUBS NOT USED: Vandenbussche, Slagveer, Warmolts, Van Aken.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: None.

TWENTE: Marsman, Rosales, Bengtsson, Bjelland, Koppers, Gutiérrez, Ebecilio, Eghan, Tadić, Castaignos, Promes.

SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Schilder, Mokhtar, Djurdjevic, Martina, Tapia, Børven.

GOALS: Tadić 73, Børven 90.

BOOKINGS: Rosales, Bjelland, Castaignos.

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 22 PREVIEW & BETTING TIPS

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After nailing four out of nine games at the weekend, Will Burns is back with his picks for the midweek Eredivisie extravaganza (all nine games) and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Tuesday 4th February

Roda-Feyenoord

RODA JC vs. FEYENOORD – 17:45

Roda’s last game at Parkstad Limburg Stadion was Jon Dahl Tomasson’s first win as head coach in a 1-0 win over Utrecht. After losing 3-1 at PEC Zwolle on Saturday, they face the tough test of Ronald Koeman’s Feyenoord tomorrow night.

Feyenoord featured in Friday night’s game which was a 1-1 draw against Vitesse that leaves the Koeman’s men seven points off league leaders Ajax. The title race is not out of reach yet and they will look to Italian striker Graziano Pelle to add to his tally of 16 in 19 games this campaign.

I can see Feyenoord being too strong for Roda and at 13/8 at Betfair for the Rotterdam side to be winning at half-time and full-time, it’s too big of a bet to miss.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Feyenoord HT/FT (13/8 – Betfair)

ADO-Heracles

ADO DEN HAAG vs. HERACLES – 18:45

Both sides experienced defeats over the weekend: Heracles at home to NAC Breda and ADO at Heerenveen, with a five points separating them in the league table.

I see this being a close game even though both sides will be itching to get back on track, I see this match finishing as a score draw. For the best bet, take a look at BetVictor’s at 13/5 for this one.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Draw (13/5 – BetVictor)

Vitesse-AZ

VITESSE vs. AZ ALKMAAR – 19:45

Tuesday’s main event will be second place Vitesse hosting sixth placed AZ Alkmaar. AZ have proved to be a bit of a jinx for the Arnhem side over the years, with Vitesse failing to find a win in the last eight meetings between the two sides.

Peter Bosz’s side will look to change all that this time round and place a bit of pressure on Ajax, currently two points clear them. A win would take Vitesse ahead of the Amsterdam side, with Ajax yet to play at home to Groningen on Thursday.

AZ will certainly not lay down for Vitesse and it will be a tough test for Bosz’s men. However, AZ has been a little inconsistent with two wins and three defeats from their last five matches played. Look for Vitesse to win this one and let’s take them to win by two clear goals to give us a bit of value.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Vitesse -1 (29/20 – SkyBet)

Wednesday 5th February

Cambuur-PSV

SC CAMBUUR vs. PSV – 17:45

After a shocking display at Waalwijk, a 2-0 defeat on Sunday, Philip Cocu needs to pick his side up for the trip to Cambuur on Wednesday evening. With only one win on the road in the last nine games, Cocu has a tough job.

Cambuur on the other hand put in a good showing away to Twente earlier on Sunday, despite running out on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline.

PSV are struggling to score goals and as we won on ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ in the RKC game on Sunday, let’s go for it again at 11/10 at Sky Bet. There has been under 2.5 goals in the last four games involving PSV so let’s see if that run will continue.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Under 2.5 Goals (11/10 – SkyBet)

GAE-RKC

GO AHEAD EAGLES vs. RKC WAALWIJK – 18:45

The impressive Evander Sno hit both goals in RKC’s win over PSV on Sunday and the Waalwijk side will look to build on that victory away to Go Ahead Eagles on Wednesday evening. However, Erwin Koeman’s side has a horrible away record with only two wins in the last 21 trips.

Go Ahead on the other hand has faired well at home this season with only two defeats in ten, and those losses were against the current top two, Vitesse and Ajax. A win for RKC is not unthinkable but I cannot see it happening.

Although the draw on the other hand could, with six draws for the Eagles and seven for RKC already this season I can see them adding to this tally on Wednesday.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Draw (13/5 – Betfred, SkyBet and Bet365)

NEC-NAC

NEC NIJMEGEN vs. NAC BREDA – 18:45

It is a close league this season with just five points splitting NEC (17th) and NAC (10th). NEC have a great home record this campaign with only losing two out of nine games (to Vitesse and Ajax) since the sacking of Alex Pastoor in September.

In an interesting stat, NEC Nijmegen have not beaten NAC in the last seven meetings between the sides in all competitions so going with the stats, I feel the best bet is a draw.

BURNS’ BEST BET: Draw (11/4 – WilliamHill)

Heerenveen-Twente

HEERENVEEN vs. FC TWENTE – 19:45

FC Twente are in tremendous form and have only experienced a defeat twice in the Eredivisie this season, both away games to ADO Den Haag and Vitesse.

Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason is also in tremendous form notching an amazing 20 goals in 18 games, which persuade Fulham to offer €10m on transfer deadline day.

With the Icelandic international notching left, right and centre I am unsure that Twente can defeat Heerenveen, but what I can predict is goals!

BURNS’ BEST BET: Over 3.5 Goals (13/5 – BetVictor)

Thursday 6th February

Utrecht-PEC

FC UTRECHT vs. PEC ZWOLLE – 17:45

Thursday sees PEC Zwolle travel to a struggling FC Utrecht full of confidence after Sunday’s 3-1 over Roda. While Jan Wouters’s Utrecht halted a run of four successive league defeats with a hard-fought point at home to Ajax, but they still remain five games without a win.

Zwolle look to clinch their third consecutive victory on Thursday but with the tricky Ryan Thomas providing balls for Guyon Fernandez and Mustafa Saymak, I think they could do it this Thursday at the Stadion Galgenwaard.

BURNS’ BEST BET: PEC Zwolle to win (19/10 – Unibet)

Ajax-Groningen

AJAX vs. FC GRONINGEN – 19:45

The final game of the Week 22 fixtures sees league leaders Ajax take on the underperforming FC Groningen.

The defending champions have won nine of their last eleven games and kept six clean sheets in their last seven at the Amsterdam ArenA. Do not look past an Ajax win if you are placing an accumulator this week, as I cannot see any other result coming close in this one.

Groningen lost away to AZ by two goals to nil on Saturday and I can see Ajax going one better winning the match 3-0. So let’s end the week with a huge 7/1 tip and good luck!

BURNS’ BEST BET: Ajax to win 3-0 (7/1 – Bet365)

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