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Midweek Eredivisie Report: Ajax & Feyenoord pull away

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On a night which saw four red cards in the Eredivisie, Ajax take a further step to clinching their fourth championship in a row as Feyenoord pull away from the chasing pack in second.

Wednesday 2nd April

GoAhead-NAC

GO AHEAD EAGLES 2-1 NAC BREDA

Go Ahead Eagles pulled four points clear from the drop zone with a vital 2-1 home win over NAC Breda.

Go Ahead pakt broodnodige driepunter tegen NAC

Go Ahead Eagles pulled four points clear from the drop zone with a vital 2-1 home win over NAC Breda.

Adelaarshorst was sent into raptures on 26 minutes when Jarchinio Antonia displayed his skills with a wonderful solo goal which ended up with the winger delightfully chipping the ball over NAC goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar to put the hosts in front.

Jordy Buijs got the equaliser with a smart free-kick from the edge of the box on 38 minutes. A low grass-cutting effort that sneaked under the wall and left Go Ahead’s Danish keeper Stephan Andersen totally bemused.

However, the hosts grabbed the late winner through an own goal from Henrico Drost after the NAC defender stuck a leg out trying to stop a Sjoerd Overgoor effort but diverted the ball past Ten Rouwelaar to give Go Ahead the win.

TEAMS

GO AHEAD: Andersen, Amevor (Haps 86), Vriends, Van den Linden, Schenk, Overgoor, Falkenburg, Rijsdijk (Lambooij 88), Antonia, Kolder, Houtkoop (Godee 66).

SUBS NOT USED: Ten Den, Cummins, Azevedo, Pot.

GOALS: Antonia 26, Drost 84.

BOOKINGS: Amevor 85.

NAC: Ten Rouwelaar, De Roover, Drost (Hadouir 88), Kwakman, Swerts, Buijs, Matic, Bodor, Hooi, Poepon (Perica 78), Verbeek (Sarpong 46).

SUBS NOT USED: Babos, Van der Weg, Suk, Seuntjens.

GOALS: Buijs 38.

BOOKINGS: Swerts 21, Buijs 33, Ten Rouwelaar 85.

Heracles-Feyenoord

HERACLES 1-2 FEYENOORD

Feyenoord defeated Heracles Almelo 2-1 to make the gap between second and third placed FC Twente to four points which makes Ronald Koeman’s side favourites to clinch the Champions League qualification spot.

Feyenoord doet goede zaken bij Heracles Almelo

Feyenoord defeated Heracles Almelo 2-1 to make the gap between second and third placed FC Twente to four points which makes Ronald Koeman’s side favourites to clinch the Champions League qualification spot.

The hosts took control early in the game as the tricky Iliass Bel Hassani scored the opening goal after 14 minutes. The 21-year-old, cut inside from the left-wing and avoided the challenges of Jordy Clasie and Daryl Janmaat to drive a low left-footed shot to beat Erwin Mulder in goal.

Feyenoord were 2-1 up before half-time with young striker Mitchell te Verde heading home a Clasie corner on the half-hour mark. Four minutes before the break, Ronald Koeman’s side took the lead and what turned out to be the winning goal by Tony Vilhena.

The Rotterdam side look to nail the Champions League place down but face tough tests against PSV and AZ Alkmaar before the end of the season.

TEAMS

HERACLES: Pasveer, Koenders, Schenkeveld, Veldmate, Davidson, Bruns (Cziommer 62), Rienstra, Bel Hassani, Tannane (Rosheuvel 25), Uth (Amoah 46), Linssen.

SUBS NOT USED: Telgenkamp, Belterman, Streutker, Quansah.

GOALS: Bel Hassani 14.

BOOKINGS: Cziommer 72, Amoah 84.

SENT OFF: Cziommer 87.

FEYENOORD: Mulder, Janmaat, De Vrij, Martins Indi (Van Beek 90+1), Kongolo, Clasie, Immers, Vilhena (Vormer 78), Schaken, Te Vrede, Boëtius (Verhoek 57).

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

GOALS: Te Vrede 30, Vilhena 41.

BOOKINGS: Verhoek 90+4.

RKC-Ajax

RKC WAALWIJK 0-2 AJAX

Ajax could win the Eredivisie title at the weekend against Vitesse if Feyenoord fail to beat Ajax’ opponents tonight RKC Waalwijk. Frank de Boer’s men controlled RKC to take a 2-0 victory back to Amsterdam.

Ajax laat zich niet verrassen door RKC Waalwijk

Ajax were not messing about in Waalwijk and went a goal up after just 14 minutes. Central defender Joël Veltman rising above everyone at the back post to head home from a Lasse Schöne corner.

It was 2-0 before the half-hour with Davy Klaassen finishing the move that Kolbeinn Sigthórsson orchestrated.

RKC remain up to their knees in relegation trouble four points adrift from safety with just four games left to play.

TEAMS

RKC: Van Dijk, Lamey (Apau 26), Van Hoevelen, Prince, Amieux, Sno, Jungschläger, Duits, Castelen (Anderson 73), Beauguel, De Ridder (Joachim 57).

SUBS NOT USED: Šeda, Van Mosselveld, Braber, Schet.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: None.

AJAX: Cillessen, Van Rhijn, Veltman, Denswil, Blind, Klaassen (Serero 82), Poulsen, Duarte, De Sa (Kishna68), Sigthórsson, Schöne.

SUBS NOT USED: Vermeer, Van der Hoorn, Boilesen, Riedewald, Bojan.

GOALS: Veltman 14, Klaassen 28.

BOOKINGS: None.

Twente-ADO

FC TWENTE 1-1 ADO DEN HAAG

Henk Fraser managed ADO to another fantastic result a 1-1 draw away to FC Twente, who ended the game with just nine men. However, ADO have now gone eight games unbeaten for the first time since 1972.

The hosts took the lead in the ninth minute through Felipe Gutiérrez when he coolly finished a move created by Quincy Promes.

The three points looked to be slipping away out of Twente’s grasp just after the hour mark when Rasmus Bengtsson was dismissed for a professional foul when he bundled over ADO striker Michiel Kramer, who was racing through on goal. The resulting free-kick on the edge of the area by Danny Holla was curled perfectly low around the wall but was tipped onto the post by Twente keeper Nick Marsman.

Luc Castaignos thought he had sealed the win for his side on 75 minutes but had his effort correctly ruled out for offside.

With just nine minutes to go, Michiel Kramer nodded home the all important equaliser from a wonderful cross from right-back Dion Malone.

Twente saw red again before full-time with Castaignos given his marching orders for a harsh challenge on Malone.

The hopes of Twente’s Champions League qualification take a blow but the point lifts the Enschede side above Vitesse, whose links with Premier League giants Chelsea were revealed to be under investigation by the KNVB on Wednesday.

TEAMS

TWENTE: Marsman, Martina, Bengtsson, Bjelland, Koppers, Ebecilio (Breukers 92), Brama (Roseler 85), Gutiérrez, Promes (Mokhtar 81), Castaignos, Tadić.

SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Schilder, Corona, Borven.

GOALS: Gutiérrez 9.

BOOKINGS: None.

SENT OFF: Bengtsson 64, Castaignos 88.

ADO: Coutinho, Zuiverloon (Van Haaren 59), Wormgoor, Bakker, Meijers, Malone, Holla, Alberg, Schet (Wildschut 81), Kramer, Cabral (Gouriye 78).

SUBS NOT USED: Zwinkles, Gehrt, Buwalda, Kanon.

GOALS: Kramer 82.

BOOKINGS: None.

Utrecht-Cambuur

FC UTRECHT 1-0 SC CAMBUUR

Jacob Mulenga, making his first start since November last year, scored the only goal of the game as FC Utrecht eased their relegation worries at home to mid-table SC Cambuur.

Utrecht boekt belangrijke overwinning op Cambuur

Jan Wouters will be a relieved man as he witnessed his side clinch their first win in five games to steer clear of relegation worries.

Jacob Mulenga poked home the winner on 56 minutes after Steve de Ridder had fed the Zambian striker through on goal. The visitor’s hopes of a comeback were dented midway through the second half when Lucas Bijker was shown red for a rash challenge on Adam Sarota.

Cambuur’s great season could end on a sour note after Tuesday saw manager Dwight Lodeweges announce he would be leaving for Heerenveen at the end of season. The Leeuwarden’s sides fans protested on Wednesday morning which saw Lodeweges resigned later that day. They sit only three points off the Europa League playoff places but with caretaker manager Henk de Jong leading them out for the last four games, this may be out of their reach.

TEAMS

UTRECHT: Ruiter, Van der Maarel, Delpierre, Heerings, Bulthuis, Sarota, Mårtensson, Toornstra, Oar, Mulenga, De Ridder.

SUBS NOT USED: Verhoeven, Van der Gun, Markiet, Diemers, Agudelo, Dorda, Quesada.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: None.

CAMBUUR: Nienhuis, Droste, Leeuwin, Van der Laan, Bijker, Bakker, El Makrini, Ritzmaier, Lukoki, Barto, Manu.

SUBS NOT USED: Zeinstra, Periera, Van Moorsel, Hemmen, Dijkstra, Ogbeche, Schepers.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: None.

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Week 30 Eredivisie Report: Late drama as NAC and Utrecht share points

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Friday 28th March 2014

NAC-Utrecht

NAC BREDA 2-2 FC UTRECHT

Three goals in the final four minutes finally brought some excitement to the game in Breda tonight as NAC and Utrecht drew 2-2.

NAC en FC Utrecht delen punten na krankzinnige slotfase

The game got underway eight minutes late after grounds men had to come to the rescue when large craters in the pitch had been created by pre-match fireworks. Once the fun and games was over, the action got going at a slow pace. After a goal-less first half we thought we had a goal on 55 minutes but Rydell Poepon was a mile offside when he tapped home from Robbin Ruiter’s save.

The opening goal came just before the hour mark as Danny Verbeek was found by a Kees Kwakman pass and the striker had plenty of time in the area to lash home a left footed shot that gave Ruiter no chance of stopping.

Jan Wouters’ side desperate for points pressed for a goal and on 86 minutes they got their wish against the run of play. Australian midfielder Tommy Oar floated in a free kick allowing defender Dave Bulthuis to cleverly nod home past Jelle ten Rouwelaar.

Utrecht possibly settled and thought they had clinched an away point but Rydell Poepon had other ideas. A minute before time, the striker rose above Bulthuis to head home Elson Hooi’s cross from the right-wing. The effort should have been stopped by Ruiter as he palmed it into the net.

When NAC and the home fans obviously thought they had snatched all three points but Cedric van der Gun stole the point for Utrecht. Mark van der Maarel launched a long ball into the box and after Steve de Ridder failed to connect with an header, the ball fell perfectly for Van der Gun to smash home from close range.

An unbelievable end to the game that keeps Utrecht in 14th on 32 points, five clear of the drop zone while NAC Breda stay in 11th on 34 points.

TEAMS

NAC: Ten Rouwelaar, De Roover, Drost, Kwakman, Swerts, Buijs, Bodor, Matic, Hooi, Poepon, Verbeek (Perica 90).

SUBS NOT USED: Babos, Sarpong, Suk, El Allouchi, Seuntjens, Van der Weg.

GOALS: Verbeek 58, Poepon 88.

BOOKINGS: None.

UTRECHT: Ruiter, Van der Maarel, Delpierre, Heerings, Bulthuis, Van der Gun, Mårtensson, Toornstra (Sarota 82), Oar, De Ridder, Agudelo (Mulenga 66).

SUBS NOT USED: Verhoeven, Diemers, Dorda, Quesada, Markiet.

GOALS: Bulthuis 86, Van der Gun 90.

BOOKINGS: None.

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EREDIVISIE WEEK 30 – Friday’s Preview & Betting Tip

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Will Burns returns with his selections for Friday night’s game and like all his tips, you will not see a ‘best bet’ under evens – good luck!

Friday 28th March

NAC-Utrecht

NAC BREDA vs. FC UTRECHT (19:00 GMT)

In the Friday night game, it’s 11th placed NAC Breda playing host to FC Utrecht who currently sit in 14th, both teams are uncomfortably too close to the relegation battle below them.

For NAC, they are six points clear of drop zone but without a win in five games, Nebojša Gudelj’s men could easily get dragged into the bottom three if they do not pick up points as we head into the business end of the season. Jan Wouters’ Utrecht are worse off, just three points ahead of 16th placed RKC Waalwijk and that is due to just one win in the last 12 Eredivisie matches.

For our best bet, I can’t see either side claiming all three points on Friday night. Last time out, NAC grabbed a great result by holding leaders Ajax to a 0-0 draw and although, the defending champions are not playing at their best, NAC goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar had an excellent game. Meanwhile, Utrecht failed to hold onto the lead twice last weekend to fellow strugglers NEC Nijmegen. This will an even game with an even score at full-time and the 13/5 price at Bet Victor is our best bet.

BEST BET: Draw (13/5 – Bet Victor)

 

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Week 28 Eredivisie Report: Ajax held as Twente & Feyenoord victorious

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Ajax blew the chance of a nine point lead at the top of the Eredivisie away to NAC Breda, as Twente and Feyenoord win to keep the pressure on Frank de Boer’s side.

Sunday 16th March

TwenteAZ

FC TWENTE 2-1 AZ ALKMAAR

FC Twente moved back into second after coming back from a goal down in a hard-fought late 2-1 victory at home to AZ Alkmaar.

FC Twente, Dusan Tadic, FC Twente - AZ

The hosts started well especially young Mexican winger Jesús Manuel Corona who turned Swedish full-back Matías Johansson inside out creating chances but AZ goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado saved his team on many occasions. The 21-year-old known as ‘El Tecatito’ nearly opened the scoring himself on 22 minutes but his effort clipped the top of Esteban’s crossbar.

After absorbing all the Twente pressure it was the visitors that opened the scoring and took the lead on 40 minutes. Steven Berghuis smashed a free-kick on the edge of area through Twente’s wall, with a shot so powerful that goalkeeper Nick Marsman could only palm it into the net.

Quincy Promes set Dušan Tadić up with a great chance just inside the box before the half-time whistle but the Serbian midfielder unusually dragged his effort wide of the post.

Twente emerged after the break possessed with scoring the equaliser and but poor finishing and great AZ defending stopped them from getting the much wanted goal until twenty minutes before time.

Full-back Roberto Rosales chipped a ball through to the Tadić bearing down on goal and the Serb crossed a low cross into the area to find substitute Youness Mokhtar at the back post to tap home to level the scores.

Twente pushed forward for all three points but once again AZ got the number back and defended well until the last kick of the game. After Mokhtar had played in Dušan Tadić on the edge of the area, the midfielder had time to take a touch and lash a shot past Marsman in goal to send De Grolsche Veste into raptures and claim all three points.

Michael Jansen’s side have now cut the difference between themselves and leaders Ajax to seven points. Dick Advocaat will now have to take this defeat on the chin and motivate his players for their trip to Russia on Thursday night to defend a 1-0 lead away to Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League.

TEAMS

TWENTE: Marsman, Rosales, Bengtsson, Martina, Koppers, Ebecilio (Eghan 84), Tadić, Gutiérrez, Promes, Djordjevic (Børven 68), Corona (Mokhtar 45).

SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Schilder, Brama, Roseler.

GOALS: Mokhtar 69, Tadić 90+3

BOOKINGS: Koppers 39, Rosales 61.

AZ: Esteban, Johansson, Viergever, Wuytens, Poulsen, Gudelj, Ortiz (Gorter 70), Elm (Henriksen 68), Berghuis, Jóhannsson (Gudmundsson 60), Beerens

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

GOALS: Berghuis 40.

BOOKINGS: Poulsen 46, Wuytens 57.

 

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PEC ZWOLLE 2-0 GO AHEAD EAGLES

The Ijsseldelta Stadion was the host of the Ijssel Derby today which saw PEC Zwolle defeat Go Ahead Eagles by two goals to take Ron Jans’s side remain in 8th place in the Eredivisie.

Go Ahead found it difficult as Zwolle look up for the derby and the hosts took the lead just before the half-time whistle was blown. Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich chipped the ball over the Eagles defence where Guyon Fernandez and Jesper Drost were bearing down on the ball and the latter nipped ahead of the former to give Zwolle the lead.

Just after the hour mark, Go Ahead were handed a lifeline as referee Serdar Gözübüyük pointed to the spot after Klich had challenged Jarchinio Antonio inside the penalty area. Eagles captain Jop van der Linden stepped up to take the spot-kick but his effort was easily saved by goalkeeper Diederik Boer.

With just seven minutes remaining, Go Ahead should have given another opportunity from the penalty spot after Maikel van der Werff had his hands around the waist of Marnix Kolder but Gözübüyük waived away the protests. When the video replays were shown, they proved that the visiting team had a point.

However, the visitors kept their head up and nearly equalised deep into stoppage time in unique fashion. We have all seen the goalkeeper come up for the last minute set-piece, but unbelievable Go Ahead’s Danish stopper Stephan Andersen attempted an over-head kick for Van der Linden’s free-kick. The effort hit his own player but was going wide of the post anyways.

Zwolle cemented the points in the third minute of injury time hitting Go Ahead on the counter and on-loan striker Guyon Fernandez notching the winner.

TEAMS

ZWOLLE: Boer, Van Polen, Van der Werff, Broerse (Lachman 77), Van Hintum, Mokotjo (Mahmudov 62), Klich, Hiwat (Narsingh 72), Drost, Thomas, Fernandez.

SUBS NOT USED: Begios, Saymak, Benson, Pereira.

GOALS: Drost 45, Fernandez 90+4.

BOOKINGS: None.

GO AHEAD: Andersen, Schmidt, Vriends, Van der Linden, Schenk, Rijsdijk (Kolder 59), Overgoor, Türüç (Amevor 87), Antonia, Falkenburg, Houtkoop (Godee 77).

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

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: None.

NECUtrecht

NEC NIJMEGEN 2-2 FC UTRECHT

Down in the bottom of the Eredivisie, in a result that helps neither side, NEC drew 2-2 with Utrecht which leaves the Nijmegen side still four points from safety.

After a poor display last week, NEC manager dropped first choice goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johansson for Dennis Gentenaar but unfortunately for Gentenaar he found himself beaten after 22 minutes. After Ryan Koolwijk had brought down Tommy Oar, the Australian whipped a free-kick into the penalty area and Dave Bulthuis nodded home to give the away side the advantage.

Just two minutes later, the scores were level with a carbon copy of Bulthuis’s goal. After Bulthuis had conceded a free-kick, the ball was planted in by Koolwijk and English striker Michael Higdon rose above everyone to header towards goal and his effort escaped the clutches of Utrecht keeper Robin Ruiter. This was the Liverpool-born striker’s 12th goal of the season.

The game continued at a fast tempo and just before half-time, Utrecht regained the lead through Jens Toornstra in a strange goal. Hitting NEC on the break, the ball came out to Toornstra on the right-wing, he placed a weak low cross in and striker Steve de Ridder dummied the ball that missed everyone and nestled into the goal.

The hosts grabbed a point on the hour mark as Rens van Eijden crossed the ball back from the right by-line to Jakob Jantscher, with the 25-year-old winger finishing to score his first goal of the season.

NEC stay in 17th on 26 points with Utrecht four points ahead of them in 14th with both in danger of being relegated to the Eerste Divisie.

TEAMS

NEC: Gentenaar, Vermijl, Van Eijden, Nielsen, Leiwakabessy (Gravenberch 74), Koolwijk, Foor (Štefánik 61), Conboy, Hemlein, Higdon, Jantscher (Jahanbakhsh 86).

SUBS NOT USED: Johnsson, Haitz, Disveld, Castillion.

GOALS: Higdon 24, Jantscher 60.

BOOKINGS: Štefánik 79.

UTRECHT: Ruiter, Van der Maarel, Delpierre, Heerings, Bulthuis, Van der Gun, Mårtensson, Toornstra, Oar, De Ridder, Agudelo.

SUBS NOT USED: Verhoeven, Markiet, Ayoub, Sarota, Dorda, Quesada, Van Velzen.

GOALS: Bulthuis 22, Toornstra 45.

BOOKINGS: Van der Maarel 37, De Ridder 76, Agudelo 90+1.

FeyenoordHeerenveen

FEYENOORD 2-0 HEERENVEEN

Marco van Basten was left fuming by referee Pieter Vink at De Kuip this past afternoon, obviously frustrated by his side’s 2-0 defeat to Feyenoord.

Vink sent off Heerenveen’s Christian Kum after the defender brought down Tonny Vilhena in the penalty area. Van Basten vented his frustration stating that the penalty and a yellow card would have been sufficient punishment for the defender. The Heerenveen manager proclaimed it was ‘f*cking bullsh*t’ to the Fox Sports cameras.

Of course before this moment, he had saw his side go two goals down to Feyenoord. After a scrappy opening half-hour and quite quiet at times, the visiting goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt was called into action for the first time on 33 minutes. Ruud Vormer whipped in a great ball from a corner that met the head of Stefan de Vrij, but the Swedish ‘keeper palm the ball away. The rebound fell for Joris Mathijsen but the defender failed to connect properly and the Swede gave his side again to send the teams in goal-less.

Just after the interval, Ruud Vormer opened the scoring with an excellent free-kick on the edge of the box. Stefano Marzo, who was already booked, brought down Terence Kongolo and Vormer stepped up to plant the ball home, leaving the obviously unsighted Nordfeldt completely stuck on his line to give Feyenoord the lead.

Five minutes later, Vormer had another chance to score a free-kick from the other side of the area but Nordfeldt was pleased to see this effort centimetres wide of the other side of the post.

On 64 minutes, the lead was doubled by Lex Immers. After a great long ball from new Feyenoord captain Jordy Clasie, it was collected by winger Jean-Paul Boetuis, he spotted the run of Immers in the area and pulled the ball back for the midfielder to side-foot home first time.

On 73 minutes, came the red card to Christian Kum. Immers and Daryl Janmaat and built the move up well down the right wing and the latter laid the ball into the area to Vilhena to spin in the box and put himself through on goal. Kum stuck out a leg and referee Pieter Vink awarded the spot-kick and gave the defender his marching orders. Vilhena stepped up but goalkeeper Nordfeldt guessed the right way and palm the ball away.

The Swedish goalkeeper kept the score down in stoppage time, denying a great effort from outside the area from substitute John Goossens.

The win means that Koeman’s side are now fourth and eight points behind leaders Ajax while Van Basten’s men stay in sixth on 43 points.

TEAMS

FEYENOORD: Mulder, Janmaat, De Vrij, Mathijsen, Kongolo, Clasie, Immers, Vormer (Vilhena 69), Schaken (Armenteros 78), Te Vrede, Boëtius (Goossens 85).

SUBS NOT USED: Lamprou, Van Beek, Martins Indi, Verhoek.

GOALS: Vormer 49, Immers 64.

BOOKINGS: None.

HEERENVEEN: Nordfeldt, Marzo (Otigba 76), Kum, Kruiswijk, Van Anholt, Ziyech, De Roon, Van der Bergh, Van la Parra (Slagveer 64), Finnbogason, Basacikoglu (Sinkgraven 82).

SUBS NOT USED: Vandenbussche, De Kamps, Fazli, Van Aken.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Marzo 28, Ziyech 34, Van Anholt 53, De Roon 56.

SENT OFF: Kum 73.

NACAjax

NAC BREDA 0-0 AJAX

Ajax dropped yet another two points in the title race as NAC Breda held the defending champions to a 0-0 draw in the final game of the weekend.

Frank de Boer’s men were once again disappointing and uninspiring and after just six minutes, the Ajax coach probably knew it was going to be their day when they lost captain Siem de Jong to injury. The attacking midfielder tweaked his hamstring while trailing a loose ball in the NAC box and had to be substituted by Kolbeinn Sigthórsson.

Although Ajax dominated the possession they lacked the creativity to unlock the NAC defence to create any clear cut chances and the hosts should have took the lead just after half an hour through Belgian defender Sepp de Roover. NAC pressed forward down the right wing and the Belgian cut inside and lobbed the ball over the challenge of Niclas Moisander and smashed a half volley into Jasper Cillessen’s path. Unfortunately, for the Belgian and the majority of the 18,500 inside the Rat Verlegh Stadion, the Ajax keeper parried and the defender hit the rebound into Cillessen’s legs. A major let off for the Amsterdammers.

Just before half-time, Thulani Serero created a nearly finished an excellent move that was denied by Jelle ten Rouwelaar, and the rebound fell into the path of Sigthórsson, however, De Roover was present to clear off the line.

Ajax pressed for the goal but never really bothered Ten Rouwelaar and the league leaders had to settle for a share of the points.

NAC Breda jumped into 11th place but are still just six points clear of the relegation places. For Frank de Boer and his team, they sit seven points ahead of their closest rivals. However, they are hardly playing like champions and performances will have to improve, or the chasing pack may inch closer than the Amsterdammers would like.

TEAMS

NAC: Ten Rouwelaar, De Roover, Drost, Kwakman, Hooi (Perica 88), Matic, Poepon, Verbeek (Sarpong 65), Swerts, Buijs, Bodor.

SUBS NOT USED: Babos, Suk, El Allouchi, Seuntjens, Van der Weg.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Kwakman 57, Hooi 64, Swerts 71.

AJAX: Cillessen, Van Rhijn, Veltman, Moisander, Blind, Klaassen, Poulsen (Bojan 77), Serero, Schöne, De Jong (Sigthórsson 8), Kishna (De Sa 61).

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

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Serero 45, Veltman 60.

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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

TwenteAZ

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: PSV on a roll as Vitesse move into 2nd

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The resurgent PSV won their sixth game in a row, AZ continued their winning ways with a 4-0 thumping of Heracles, Roda ended their losing streak to lift themselves off the bottom and Vitesse Arnhem leapfrogged into second place in Saturday’s Eredivisie action.

Saturday 8th March 2014

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AZ ALKMAAR 4-0 HERACLES

For the second home game in succession AZ handed out a 4-0 beating, this time, Heracles were on the wrong end of the lashing in Alkmaar.

AZ dominated throughout and the scoring began on 17 minutes after some excellent work on the right-wing by Steven Berghuis holding the ball up until Swedish full-back Mattias Johansson arrived. The Swede collected the ball in the area and put the ball on a plate for American striker Aron Jóhannsson to fire the ball in the roof of the goal.

Heracles were a goal down and Milano Koenders was blamed for placing his team under further pressure on 24 minutes. The defender was shown a straight red card by referee Jeroen Sanders for bringing down Jóhannsson when through on goal, replays shown that Sanders had got it wrong and no contact was made.

AZ pressed on and Aron Jóhannsson grabbed another goal in the 37th minute, as again Berghuis and Johansson combined on the right wing to set-up the American in the area to hold off two defenders to finish.

The AZ attacks were relentless and it was three on 79 minutes with Swedish right-back Mattias Johansson netting his own goal after providing two assists earlier with fellow compatriot Viktor Elm adding a fourth in stoppage time.

AZ stay in seventh place in the league 7th this week while Heracles are 12th only four points ahead of the drop zone.

TEAMS

AZ: Esteban, Johansson (Reijnen 83), Gouweleeuw, Viergever, Poulsen, Gudelj (Henriksen 83), Ortiz, Elm, Berghuis, Jóhannsson, Beerens (Lewis 70).

SUBS NOT USED: De Winter, Hoedt, Gorter.

GOALS: Johannson 16 & 37, Johansson 79, Elm 90.

BOOKINGS: None.

HERACLES: Pasveer, Te Wierik, Koenders, Veldmate (Quansah 21), Davidson, Cziommer (Bruns 63), Rienstra, Bel Hassani (Belterman 29), Rosheuvel, Uth, Linssen.

SUBS NOT USED: Telgenkamp, Dijk, Amoah, Tannane.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Bruns 78.

SENT OFF: Koenders 24.

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RODA JC 3-1 NEC NIJMEGEN

At the bottom of the table, Roda JC and NEC Nijmegen switched places as Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side gained ended a six game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over their fellow strugglers.

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Returning to the side after an injury, Guus Hupperts scored the first of his two goals after half an hour and he will not get an easier goal. NEC goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson tried to clear the ball with a big kick upfield but was charged down by Berry Powel. Powel held the ball up until Hupperts arrived to tap home. It was maybe just the bit of luck Roda had needed after not scoring a goal for four matches.

Marc Hocher made it two on 53 minutes with a looping free-kick, chipping the ball over the Johnsson. It was not the Swedish goalkeeper’s day. Guus Hupperts notched his second three minutes later after Powel had played the winger through on goal.

English striker Michael Higdon reduced the arrears on the hour mark with his 11th goal of the season for the visitors, but it was to no avail and the score finished 3-1.

TEAMS

RODA: Kurto, Letschert, Luijckx, Ramos, Van Peppen, Sutchuin, Kali, Hupperts (Fledderus 90+4), Donald (De Beule 88), Höcher, Powel (Demouge 82).

SUBS NOT USED: Monteyne, Paulissen, Prus, Pluim.

GOALS: Hupperts 30 & 56, Höcher 53.

BOOKINGS: Kali 28, De Beule 90+1.

NEC: Johnsson, Vermijl, Nielsen, Haitz, Conboy, Štefánik (Palsson 54), Rieks, Koolwijk, Jahanbakhsh (Hemlein 54), Higdon, Foor.

SUBS NOT USED: Gentenaar, Disveld, Mulder, Jantscher, Leiwakabessy.

GOALS: Higdon 60.

BOOKINGS: None.

SENT OFF: Palsson 90+1.

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HEERENVEEN 3-0 PEC ZWOLLE

Marco van Basten lead his Heerenveen side to a great 3-0 home win against Ron Jans’ Zwolle at the Abe Lenstra Stadion to stay in sixth place.

After an even first half, where both sides had their chances to take the lead, the opening goal finally came on 37 minutes as Bilal Basacikoglu shrugged off two defenders to slot past Zwolle ‘keeper Kevin Begois after Alfred Finnbogasson had played the midfielder into the box.

In the 68th minute, Rajiv van La Parra made it 2-0 with an excellent goal. After receiving the ball from Joey van den Berg on the left side of the area, the winger took one touch to set himself up to curl home into the top corner giving Begois no chance of stopping.

All three points were cemented for Heerenveen ten minutes later with Alfred Finnbogason once again scoring. It was 23rd goal in 24 games in the Eredivisie this season, finishing Van la Parra defence splitting ball to slide the ball home.

Heerenveen sit in sixth with Zwolle comfortable in eighth, and both will be gunning for European football next term.

TEAMS

HEERENVEEN: Nordfeldt, Dijks (Marzo 33), Kum, Van Anholt, Kruiswijk, De Roon, Van den Berg, Ziyech (Sinkgraven 80), Van la Parra, Finnbogason, Basacikoglu.

SUBS NOT USED: Vandenbussche, Otigba, De Kamps, Slagveer, Fazli.

GOALS: Basacikoglu 37, Van la Parra 68, Finnbogason 77.

BOOKINGS: Van Anholt 64.

ZWOLLE: Begois, Van Polen, Van der Werff, Van Hintum, Broerse, Saymak (Nijland 74), Karagounis (Narsingh 66), Drost, Thomas (Fennich 84), Benson, Hiwat.

SUBS NOT USED: Ter Wielen, Mahmudov, Pereira.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Karagounis 41, Van Polen 47.

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NAC BREDA 1-2 VITESSE

Mike Havenaar secured a 2-1 win for Vitesse away to NAC Breda to put his side into second place on Saturday night.

Three first-half goals decided the game and it was January signing Zakaria Labyad, on-loan from Sporting Lisbon, who notched his first goal for Vitesse within the first eight minutes. The midfielder capitalised on some slack defending by Mats Seuntjens and finished the ball past Jelle ten Rouwelaar with perfection.

The visiting fans were not celebrating for long. NAC were soon back on terms after Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot when he adjudged Jan-Arie van der Heijden to foul Rydell Poepon in the area. Ten minutes gone and it was 1-1 after Jordy Buijs converted the penalty kick.

However, Peter Bosz men walked away with all three points and their third win on the trot thanks to a Mike Havenaar goal on 26 minutes. The Japanese striker volleyed home a Christian Atsu cross at the front post.

Vitesse temporarily moved up into second place with FC Twente to play in Sunday’s game. Breda stay in tenth spot six points above the drop zone.

TEAMS

NAC: Ten Rouwelaar, De Roover, Drost, Buijs, Bodor, Kwakman, Matic, Seuntjens, Hooi, Poepon (Perica 24), Verbeek (Sarpong 35).

SUBS NOT USED: Babos, Suk, El Allouchi, Swerts, Van der Weg.

GOALS: Buijs 10P.

BOOKINGS: Ten Rouwelaar 26.

VITESSE: Velthuizen, Van der Struijk, Kashia, Van der Heijden, Achenteh, Vejinovic, Pröpper, Labyad (Qazaishvili 81), Atsu (Piazón 61), Havenaar, Ibarra.

SUBS NOT USED: Room, Mori, Djurdjevic, Traoré, Van Aanholt.

GOALS: Labyad 8, Havenaar 26.

BOOKINGS: None.

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PSV 1-0 FC UTRECHT

Philip Cocu witnessed his side win their sixth game in a row to jump into fourth spot still in hope of clinching Champions League football next season.

PSV, FC Utrecht, Luciano Narsingh, Jürgen Locadia, PSV - FC Utrecht

Dominating the possession the entire game, poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping from Robbin Ruiter stopped PSV running away with the game. The scoreline was not reflective of the hosts’ control as a clutch of first-half chances went begging.

However, the decisive goal arrived on 50 minutes as Jürgen Locadia notched his ninth goal of the campaign with a scrappy goal. After Locadia fluffed his first chance with the ball, Matthieu Delpierre and Kai Heerings failed to clear and the young striker got another bite of the cherry to score.

PSV still have their eyes on the Champions League place and clinching all 18 points out of a possible 18 in their last six games they have gave themselves a great chance.

TEAMS

PSV: Zoet, Arias, Bruma, Rekik, Willems, Hiljemark, Park (Maher 82), Schaars, Narsingh (Ruiz 77), Locadia (Matavz 88), Depay.

SUBS NOT USED: Tyton, Brenet, Zanka Jørgensen, Van Ooijen.

GOALS: Locadia 51.

BOOKINGS: Schaars 40.

UTRECHT: Ruiter, Markiet, Heerings (Bjelica 77), Delpierre, Dorda, Sarota (Agudelo 61), Mårtensson, Toornstra, Ayoub (Van der Gun 62), Oar, De Ridder.

SUBS NOT USED: Verhoeven, Diemers, Quesada, Klaiber.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: De Ridder 21, Toornstra 41, Heerings 54, Delpierre 85, Van der Gun 87.

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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.

Ajax, Feyenoord, Graziano Pellè, Joël Veltman, Feyenoord - Ajax

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.

SC Cambuur, FC Groningen, Paco van Moorsel, Johan Kappelhof, FC Groningen - SC Cambuur

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.

FC Utrecht, Fernando Quesada, FC Utrecht - FC Groningen

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.

Interventions Leaf delivered Vitesse win against RKC again

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.

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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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Week 24 Eredivisie Report: Twente temporarily close Ajax down

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FC Twente defeated Vitesse to narrow the gap down between themselves and Eredivisie leaders Ajax to one point, albeit temporarily as Ajax are set to play Heerenveen on Sunday.

Saturday 15th February 2014

Twente-Vitesse

FC TWENTE 2-0 VITESSE

FC Twente virtually eliminated Vitesse Arnhem from the Eredivisie title race with a dominating performance topped by great shows by Luc Castaignos and Dusan Tadić.

Twente dominated the game throughout and Kelvin Leerdam, playing at right-back for Vitesse, did not make it easy for his team after just four minutes when he was shown a yellow for a foul on Quincy Promes. Leerdam was making his first appearance after serving a suspension.

The hosts should have taken the lead many times during the first-half but even more so on 13 minutes. Vitesse goalkeeper Piet Velthuizen passed the ball out of the box to Marko Vejinović, but the midfielder was under extensive pressure and the ball was stolen in a dangerous position by Luc Castaignos. The striker dished the ball out to Dušan Tadić, who returned the ball to Castaignos inside the area but the 21-year-old’s shot was straight at Velthuizen legs.

The attacks from Twente were relentless and Tadić nearly got on the scoresheet a minute later with a great low drive from the edge of the area but the shot was just wide much to Velthuizen’s relief. On 36 minutes, the Serbian was involved again. After some great link-up play between Tadić, Castaignos and Roberto Rosales ending with the Serb blasting a shot from close range but Velthuizen stayed strong and saved his side yet again.

Vitesse struggled to get involved and were restricted to just one shot on target within the game but Vejinović’s rare chance came close in the 37th minute. However, the midfielder’s strike from 35 yards out was inches wide of Nick Marsman’s left post.

Michel Jansen must have been wondering how his side was not in the lead come the half-time whistle especially after missing a glorious chance three minutes before. Jan-Arie van der Heijden was caught in possession by Shadrach Eghan and the Ghanaian spotted a Kyle Ebecilio run in the area. Ebecilio was under pressure from Guram Kashia and the Georgian defender did just enough to direct the former Arsenal youth’ shot into Velthuizen’s arms.

The first goal finally came ten minutes after the interval. Luc Castaignos outpaced Leerdam to latch onto a Dico Koppers through ball and the striker made no mistake this time, calmly finishing past the onrushing keeper.

On the hour mark, the visitors were reduced to ten men as Chelsea loanee Patrick van Aanholt tackled Tadić from behind and was shown a straight red from referee Pieter Vink.

The chemistry between Tadić and Castaignos is growing game by game and with twelve minutes remaining the two combined to double the lead and seal the points for Twente. The two exchanged a wonderful one-two leading to Dusan Tadić wonderfully chipping Velthuizen with great composure. The Serbian is truly to most valuable player in the Eredivisie right now with four goals and four assists in the six games in 2014.

The win means Twente are just a point away from leaders Ajax as Vitesse are now without a win in five games and Peter Bosz must be feeling that the challenge of the club’s first ever Eredivisie title must be out of reach now.

TEAMS

TWENTE: Marsman, Rosales, Martina, Bjelland, Koppers, Gutiérrez, Ebecilio, Eghan (Børven 69), Tadić, Castaignos (Djordjevic 87), Promes.

SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Hölscher, Röseler, Breukers, Tapia.

GOALS: Castaignos 55, Tadić 78.

BOOKINGS: Eghan.

VITESSE: Velthuizen, Kashia, Van Aanholt, Van der Heijden, Leerdam, Vejinovic, Atsu (Labyad 73), Pröpper, Piazón (Van der Struijk 66), Ibarra (Traoré 73), Havenaar.

SUBS NOT USED: Room, Mori, Djurdjevic, Qazaishvili.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: Leerdam, Vejinovic.

SENT OFF: Van Aanholt.

RKC-NEC

RKC WAALWIJK 1-3 NEC NIJMEGEN

Anton Janssen’s NEC came back from conceding an early goal to earn a vital 3-1 win at RKC Waalwijk, this was the Nijmegen’s side first league victory on the road this season.

NEC nearly took the lead within the opening few minutes after a great move by Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Kevin Conboy. The Iranian laid the ball into Conboy who chest passed it back to the 20-year-old winger but his sliding effect crashed off the post.

The hosts took the lead on six minutes with Romeo Castelen’s fourth goal of the season. Kenny Anderson and Daniel de Ridder combined until the ball fell perfectly for Castelen to hit a low drive past Swedish keeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.

The visitors were close to equalising minutes later but Conboy’s effort was tipped onto the bar by Jan Šeda. However, Janssen did not have to wait much longer to see the game turned around for his side.

After a long free-kick from deep was nodded down by English striker Michael Higdon on 25 minutes, Navarone Foor was on hand to finish from close range. With six minutes to go before the half-time whistle, the visitors took the lead. Club captain Ryan Koolwijk launched a free-kick from the left which met Lasse Nielsen’s glancing header at the front post to make it 2-1.

After the break, the points were almost cemented on 54 minutes. A corner from Koolwijk was headed by Jahanbakhsh, and the Iranian international flicked his effort towards goal, but it took a deflection off Evander Sno and onto the crossbar.

The win was clinched by Michael Higdon on 71 minutes to give NEC a great away win. Combining down the right, Jahanbakhsh and Søren Rieks crossed in for the Englishman to mishit a volley which ended up in the goal anyways.

RKC drop to 13th just two points off the relegation places with NEC lifted out of the drop zone into 15th.

TEAMS

RKC: Šeda, Lamey, Van Hoevelen, Anderson (Braber 47), Gouano, Amieux (Apau 68), Sno, Jungschläger, Castelen, De Ridder (Beauguel 76), Joachim.

SUBS NOT USED: Van Dijk, Ivens, Van Mosselveld, Schet.

GOALS: Castelen 6.

BOOKINGS: None.

NEC: Johnsson, Vermijl, Van Eijden, Nielsen, Conboy (Leiwakabessy 89), Štefánik (Palsson 59), Koolwijk, Foor, Rieks, Jahanbakhsh (Hemlein 90), Higdon.

SUBS NOT USED: Gentenaar, Haitz, Mulder, Jantscher.

GOALS: Foor 25, Nielsen 39, Higdon 72.

BOOKINGS: None.

 

Roda-ADO

RODA JC 0-1 ADO DEN HAAG

ADO enjoyed a narrow 1-0 victory with Roda coach Jon Dahl Tomasson facing an uphill struggle to keep his side up as they sit rock bottom of the league.

In what was billed as a vital relegation battle, it was poor game in front of 14,000 supporters inside the Parkstad Limburg Stadion, which proved why both sides are at the bottom of the division. The fans endured a horrible first-half with no clear cut chances for either side.

The only excitement of the first 45 minutes came just before the half-time whistle when ADO were denied a penalty by referee Kevin Blom. Video replays showed that the visitors had a viable argument as Ard van Peppen had handled the ball in the area.

Mitchell Schet scored the only goal on 53 minutes, finishing a rebound from a Yanic Wildschut effort after Filip Kurto had blocked the original chance.

Kurto was called into action again with better consequences for him as he saved a Danny Bakker header minutes later from a great free-kick crossed in by Danny Holla.

With both sides desperate for points the action heated up with ten minutes to go. Substitiute Marc Höcher crossed for Mitchell Donald but his header was by goalkeeper Robert Zwinkels, filling in for Gino Coutinho.

In stoppage time, Roda should have clinched a point but Wiljan Pluim nodded his effort straight at Zwinkels feet.

The whistle was blown for full-time and Roda were roundly jeered off the pitch by their fans. The battle for ADO Den Haag is not over as they still sit third bottom in the relegation playoff places. Both sides are struggling to score goals and need to find some firepower soon otherwise they stand no chance of leaving the drop zone.

TEAMS

RODA: Kurto, Ramos (Shkurti 79), Van Peppen, Luijckx, Letschert, Donald, Sutchuin, Paulissen, Kali, Hupperts, Pluim.

SUBS NOT USED: Prus, Monteyne, Bosing, Jacobs.

GOALS: None.

BOOKINGS: None.

ADO: Zwinkles, Malone, Zuiverloon, Wormgoor, Meijers, Holla (Kanon 90+1), Gehrt (Kramer 90), Bakker, Schet, Van Duinen, Wildschut (Van Haaren 81).

SUBS NOT USED: De Zwart, Merencia, Buwalda, Cabral.

GOALS: Schet 53.

BOOKINGS: None.

 

AZ-Utrecht

AZ ALKMAAR 1-1 FC UTRECHT

Dick Advocaat’s AZ Alkmaar missed out on the opportunity to move closer to the top five when they were held 1-1 by Jan Wouters’ FC Utrecht.

It was a quiet opening twenty minutes inside the AFAS Stadion and when the action livened up it was the visitors that nearly took the lead. Australian Tommy Oar whipped in a vicious free-kick that missed everyone and forced a great save from AZ keeper Esteban.

A minute later, the action went up the other end and produced a goal. Down the left Roy Beerens crossed into the front post where American striker Aron Johannsson met the ball with a diving header giving Robbin Ruiter no chance of saving.

Utrecht battled on and got back in the game with Steve de Ridder being the main threat testing Esteban on many occasions but failed to make a breakthrough.

After the break, Utrecht’s Jens Toornstra hit a perfect free-kick on 55 minutes to level the scores. Jeffrey Gouweleeuw fouled the tricky Oar on the edge of the area and Toornstra hit the resulting kick into the top corner with great precision.

The score stayed 1-1 even though Toornstra nearly repeated the act on 82 minutes but his free-kick was just too high for the target.

Utrecht coach Wouters, already under great pressure are now just two points adrift of the relegation spots and will look to get more points hosting FC Groningen next Sunday. AZ face a tough away trip to the Amsterdam Arena next weekend and could have done with the three points in this game to help their Europa League aspirations.

TEAMS

AZ: Esteban, Gouweleeuw, Reijnen, Wuytens, Viergever, Ortiz (Poulsen 79), Gudelj, Gorter (Henriksen 66), Berghuis, Beerens, Jóhannsson.

SUBS NOT USED: De Winter, Johansson, Gudmundsson, Haye, Avdic.

GOALS: Jóhannsson 21.

BOOKINGS: Gudelj 86.

UTRECHT: Ruiter, Delpierre, Markiet, Van der Maarel, Dorda, Sarota, Ayoub (Diemers 51), Toornstra, De Ridder, Agudelo (Koevermans 75), Oar.

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

GOALS: Toornstra 55.

BOOKINGS: None.

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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.

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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.

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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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Week 23 Eredivisie Report: Zwolle hold Ajax

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A crazy day in the Dutch top flight that ends a crazy week of games with goals galore. Ajax had the chance to pull away from the chasing pack in the Eredivisie title race but they were held to a 1-1 draw to a PEC Zwolle side who could have stole all three points today. 

Sunday 9th February 2014

HERACLES 1-1 CAMBUUR

Heracles and Cambuur shared the points in the opening game of Sunday, it was a late goal for the home side that shattered Cambuur hopes of clearing themselves out of relegation trouble for now.

It was a slow start to the game in the Polman Stadion with both sides failing to create any chances in the opening twenty minutes of the match but the away side took the lead after 23 minutes gone.

A long ball forward was latched on by Cambuur’s on-loan striker Elvis Manu, and the Feyenoord man held off the challenges of Bart Schenkeveld and with Jeroen Veldmate failing to get across in time, the 20-year-old used great composure to finish to give the visitors the lead.

Heracles had their chances but no more so than the horrendous miss of the on-loan Mikhail Rosheuvel in the 47th minute. A cross came in from the left where the AZ man dived for a header which flicked up and smacked off the crossbar from just four yards out. If he had made the choice to stick a boot on it instead he possibly would have scored.

Rosheuval had a better effort a few minutes later, latching on a long ball, and taking Lucas Bijker out of the challenge with his great first touch but his shot was straight at Leonard Nienhuis who parried the shot away.

It was end to end stuff as a few minutes later, Marcel Ritzmaier, on-loan from PSV, smashed a 20 yard shot off the opposite crossbar.

The points were snatched away from the visitors as Heracles got the goal to grab a point with just a minute of the game remaining, a corner was nodded home by Mike te Wierik.

TEAMS

HERACLES: Pasveer, Veldmate (Powel 85), Davidson, Schenkeveld, Te Wierik, Cziommer, Rienstra, Bel Hassani, Bruns (Tannane 47), Uth, Rosheuvel (Amoah 79).

SUBS NOT USED: Telgenkamp, Koenders, Van Dijk, Belterman.

GOALS: Te Wierik 89.

BOOKINGS: Reinstra, Schenkeveld, Tannane.

CAMBUUR: Nienhuis, Bijker (Pereira 64), Droste, Van der Laan (Van Boxel 81), Leeuwin, Ritzmaier, El Makrini, Bakker, Lukoki, Manu, Hemmen (Barto 68).

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

GOALS: Manu 23.

BOOKINGS: Bijker.

PEC ZWOLLE 1-1 AJAX

The 12,500 present inside the IJsseldelta Stadion will wonder how Ajax got out of the stadium with a point after an action-packed game on Sunday afternoon.

Ron Jans can be proud of his PEC Zwolle side who more than held their own against an Ajax side that were frustrating in front of goal once De Boer’s men took a 1-0 lead after just seven minutes.

Central defender Joel Veltman made a marauding run down the right and after skipping two challenges, Joost Broerse brought the defender down. The in-form Lasse Schöne whipped in a free-kick into the front post where Davy Klaassen nodded in the opening goal.

Siem de Jong really struggled today and must have misplaced his shooting boots as on 21 minutes he produced a terrible miss by his standards. Totally unmarked, the Dutchman volleyed over the bar after Ricardo van Rhijn had supplied the perfect cross for him.

Quarter of an hour later, the score was level. Winter transfer window signing Thanasis Karagounis played a defence splitting through ball onto Guyon Fernandez. The on-loan striker took advantage when Ajax ‘keeper Kenneth Vermeer failed to collect and the Feyenoord man finished in the empty goal.

Diederik Boer saved Zwolle a few times in the match and no more important save then just before the interval when he denied Veldman’s header from the back post after Daley Blind crossed from deep. It was a point blank stop that got the crowd cheering louder than the Fernandez goal.

Ajax really picked up the pace after the break and forced save after save out of Boer. Schune, De Jong and Bojan all deprived of a goal due to the hands of the 6ft 4inch stopper.

Zwolle could see Ajax tiring and on 69 minutes, Jans will wonder how his team did not take the lead. After Fred Benson smashed his shot from outside the area against the foot of the post, the rebound fell perfectly to Jesper Drost, but even with Vermeer out of position the 21-year-old midfielder lashed his shot off the crossbar and out. Frank de Boer gave out a sigh of relief on the touchline.

With 12 minutes to go, Zwolle should have definitely clinched all three points but De Boer can thank Veldman for saving the single point. Karagounis and the onrushing Vermeer ran onto a free ball and the Greek midfielder beat the ‘keeper to the ball. The signing from Atromitos played in Fernandez and as the striker was pulling back to fire the trigger, Veldman dived in and nicked the ball away at the right time.

On the final whistle, Jans was all smiles and De Boer was miserable but he should be smiling, as Ajax are now five points clear at the top of the league and he should feel relieved that he got out of the IJsseldelta with something. However, second placed FC Twente have a game on hand against a poor Groningen side on Wednesday night.

TEAMS

ZWOLLE: Boer, Gravenbeek, Van Polen, Broerse, Van Hintum, Klich, Drost, Karagounis (Nijland 91), Saymak, Mahmudov (Thomas 75), Fernandez (Benson 64).

SUBS NOT USED: Begois, Epe, Patricio, Pereira.

GOALS: Fernandez 36.

BOOKINGS: None.

AJAX: Vermeer, Van Rhijn, Veltman, Moisander, Riedewald (Sigthórsson 75), Klaassen, Blind, Serero (Duarte 72), Schöne, De Jong, Bojan (Fischer 60).

SUBS NOT USED: Van der Hart, Ligeon, Denswil, Poulsen.

GOALS: Klaassen 7.

BOOKINGS: None.

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RKC WAALWIJK 5-2 FC UTRECHT

In a game that had virtually everything RKC put Jan Wouters in major trouble as they beat his Utrecht side by five goals to two.

The Utrecht manager is now under major pressure after seeing his side slip down to 14th in the league and just three points off the relegation places.

The goal fest began after an error from Yassin Ayoub played in Romeo Castelen. Ayoub flicked a header backwards thinking he was playing it to safety, but Castelen lashed a first-time half-volley that dipped under Robbin Ruiter’s crossbar after just eight minutes of play.

The game was tied four minutes later as Jens Toornstra converted a penalty after on-loan defender Prince-Désir Gouano was punished for a handball in the area.

The scoring stopped until 11 minutes from time, where the game got incredibly wild with five goals in just fourteen fun-filled minutes. Daniel de Ridder gave the hosts the lead with a 25 yard strike after the Utrecht defence failed to close him down.

Utrecht collapsed and a minute later, Kenny Anderson added a third to the tally. Straight from the kick-off Utrecht’s Steve de Ridder made it 3-2 with a wonderful solo effort.

On 86 minutes, Utrecht had a glorious chance to level the game to 3-3 after Jonas Ivens was deemed to handballed Steve de Ridder shot on goal, however, Toornstra smashed his spot-kick off the post. It got for Toornstra with just a minute of normal remaining, French striker Jean-David Beauguel latched on a Toornstra backpass and made it 4-2.

Luxembourg international Aurélien Joachim made it five in third minute of stoppage time and Beauguel and Daniel de Ridder combined to play the striker in. The Luxembourgian rounded Ruiter and  slotted home.

Utrecht need to get points and quick and in all honesty, Jan Wouters might be lucky to still be on the bench next weekend when they visit AZ Alkmaar.

TEAMS

RKC: Šeda, Anderson, Apau, Van Hoevelen, Amieux, Gouano (Ivens 41), Castelen (Beauguel 85), Duits, Sno, Joachim, Schet (D. De Ridder 46).

SUBS NOT USED: Van Dijk, Jungschläger, Braber, Van Weert.

GOALS: Castelen 8, D. De Ridder 79, Anderson 81, Joachim 90, Beauguel 90.

BOOKINGS: Duits.

UTRECHT: Ruiter, Van der Maarel, Delpierre, Markiet, Dorda, Ayoub, Toornstra, Quesada (Koevermans 84), S. De Ridder, Agudelo, Oar.

SUBS NOT USED: Verhoeven, Diemers, Badjeck, Van Der Winden, Klaiber, Van Velzen.

GOALS: Toornstra 10P, S. De Ridder 82.

BOOKINGS: None.

FC GRONINGEN 1-3 HEERENVEEN

In the ‘Derby van het Noorden’, a zany six minutes of madness cost Erwin van de Looi’s Groningen the game in the final game of Week 23.

Early on Kenny Otigba and Maikel Kieftenbeld had fouls unpunished; however, they both saw the red card before the full-time whistle.

The home side looked good going forward and should have took the lead on 26 minutes when Eric Botteghin emerged forward and drove a powerful low shot towards the Heerenveen goal. Unfortunately for the Brazilian defender, Swedish keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt pulled off a great save to tip wide.

As always Heerenveen are the most dangerous on the counter attack and today proved no different. On 33 minutes, straight from a Marco Bizot goal-kick, Marten de Roon headed back up the field into the feet of Alfred Finnbogason. The Icelander fired a ball forward for Rajiv van la Parra to run onto, the young winger then lashed the ball past the stunned Bizot for the opener.

Groningen fell to pieces and three minutes later, they found themselves two goals down. Again on the counter, Van la Parra and Hakim Ziyech combining with one-twos until Ziyech finished.

Things were getting messy for Van de Looi’s men and it was 3-0 and they were down to ten men on 39 minutes. Alfred Finnbogason skipped past Bizot and was ready to turn and finish into the goal until Kieftenbeld saved with his hands on the goal-line, the striker converted the resulting spot-kick.

Referee Bas Nijhuis had to dish out the red again with just under twenty minutes of time remaning which level the teams up. As Groningen’s Michael de Leeuw was running through on goal, Kenny Otigba was last defender and the Hungarian seemed to clip the midfielder’s heels.

Groningen grabbed a 86th minute consolation goal after Genaro Zeefuik was felled by Stefano Marzo in the area and Michael de Leeuw put away the penalty kick. Marco van Basten was angry with two minutes remaning after his side had a penalty claim waved away but in all fairness the game was for him after 39 minutes. Heerenveen leapfrog back into fifth at PSV’s expense.

TEAMS

GRONINGEN: Bizot, Burnet (Hateboer 46), Botteghin, Kappelhof, Wijnaldum, Chery, Kieftenbeld, Van Nieff (Zeefuik 79), Kirm, De Leeuw, Kostic (Lindgren 46).

SUBS NOT USED: Van der Lei, Adorjan, Hiarlej, Zivkovic.

GOALS: De Leeuw 86P.

BOOKINGS: Kieftenbeld, Hateboer.

SENT OFF: Kieftenbeld.

HEERENVEEN: Nordfeldt, Marzo, Otigba, Kum, Van Anholt, De Roon, Ziyech, Van den Berg (Sinkgraven 65), Van La Parra (Slagveer 87), Finnbogason, Basacikoglu (Lurling 68).

SUBS NOT USED: Vandenbussche, De Kamps, Warmotts, Van Aken.

GOALS: Van la Parra 33, Ziyech 36, Finnbogason 40P.

BOOKINGS: Marzo, Lurling.

SENT OFF: Otigba.

STANDINGS

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