After experiencing a 100% success on the Eredivisie last weekend, Will Burns ventures into the Dutch First Division to find a great value bet to try and boost the profits.
MVV Maastricht vs. Go Ahead Eagles
Go Ahead Eagles legend John Stegeman (pictured above) has had a dream start with two wins out of two since returning to the club as head coach. The 41-year-old starred as a player in 1997 and went on to make 86 appearances scoring 19 goals and he’ll be more than happy at his sides’ start to the new campaign.
Stegeman’s attacking style is proving to being very successful with leading the Eagles to a 5-0 thumping of Jong Utrecht on opening day and followed up last weekend with a 2-1 win away to FC Eindhoven. Two results that have seen them top of the table after just two outings. They have seen a total of 34 goal attempts with 19 shots on target so far and this attacking prowess will be one that MVV has not experienced yet this season.
MVV were defeated 2-0 on the first day of the season at home to TOP Oss but had a turn of fortune away to Telstar winning 1-0 last weekend. Their squad does not host the talents that Go Ahead hold do and I see the 2/1 being offered for an away win as being far too high.
Solid at the back led by former Heracles defender Jeroen Veldmate protecting goalkeeper Hobie Verhulst who made a summer switch from FC Volendam. Attacking the wings is Czech international Jaroslav Navrátil who supplies former Crawley Town striker Thomas Verheijdt up top.
My good colleague Steve Davies (a long time Go Ahead fan) would not let me post this article without including his tip which again looks a cracking bet – he selects summer signing Richard van der Venne to get on the score sheet. The 26-year-old midfielder has been playing in an advanced role for Stegeman and has notched in both games this season already. If you wish to combine the two bets, 888Sport provide this service but that is not an official recommendation.
Volendam are creeping up on league leaders Sparta Rotterdam after they came out triumphant in their five goal thriller as Sparta failed in theirs. MVV also dropped points as Helmond Sport grabbed a win to stay in fourth.
Go Ahead Eagles 3-2 Sparta Rotterdam – The race for promotion to the Eredivisie has been blown wide open as Sparta Rotterdam dropped points in a 3-2 defeat away to Go Ahead Eagles. Luck was not on Sparta’s side on Friday night, as they found themselves two goals down after 33 minutes thanks to strikes from Marnix Kolder and Xander Houtkoop. The second goal had a strong hint of offside which was not given. The Rotterdam side grabbed one back in the second half just before the hour with a Sandro Calabro goal, but the two goal cushion was restored when Quincy Promes took a penalty for his thirteenth goal of the season. Sparta did manage a second goal with Roald Van Hout but they were unable to find a third to salvage a point.
Volendam 3-2 Fortuna Sittard – The hosts came from behind from an early 8th minute Joeri Schroyen goal, with the help of a red card. On the stroke of half time fortune grabbed Volendam as Jordie Briels received a direct red card and Michael Kramer got the equaliser. After the break, it was all Volendam and on the hour Jack Tuyp hit home a penalty past Fortuna ‘keeper Ferhat Kaya to take the lead. This was a celebration for Tuyp in his 300th game in professional football. The game was wrapped up a minute from time when Kramer struck his second and Abdelaziz Khalouta grabbed a injury-time consolation. Volendam now lie joint second putting the pressure on Sparta at the top.
Helmond Sport 2-1 FC Eindhoven – Helmond Sport were the victors of a close encounter in the Southeast Brabant derby over FC Eindhoven. Two goals in as many minutes for Helmond shocked Eindhoven with American Charles Kazlauskas and a spot-kick from Emrullah Gunvenc. On-loan PSV Eindhoven midfielder Maikel Verkoelen smashed a goal just after the hour in return.
MVV Maastricht 2-2 De Graafschap – Bryan Smeets hit a two-minute double as MVV came back from two goals down to grab a vital point. A Koen Daerden own goal gave the Superboeren the lead and Piotr Parzyszek extended it to 2-0 before the half-time whistle. Smeets grabbed two goals in the 51st and 52nd minutes for his hometown club.
Dordrecht 0 -1 Oss – Kenny Teijsse (loanee left-back from FC Utrecht) hit the only goal of the game in the 39th minute in this mid-table clash.