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Why should Arsenal sign PSV’s Denzel Dumfries?

As history has proven, the Eredivisie is a breeding ground for talented footballers that always make way to the dizzy heights of the Premier League, La Liga or the Bundesliga. Or even in recent times, the attraction of the even bigger payday in Russia or China.

One player that has really impressed over the last three seasons is PSV right-back Denzel Dumfries. At the ripe age of 22, Dumfries cemented his place as first-choice full-back for Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman last year after exceptional performances in the UEFA Nations League.

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In addition, since moving to PSV this past summer, he impressed all eyes across Europe with stunning displays in the UEFA Champions League against Barcelona, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.

Over the next 12 months, Denzel will become a hot commodity and I see him fitting right at home at the Emirates Stadium for Unai Emery’s Arsenal.

Spanish full-back Hector Bellarin recently picked up a calf injury and the lack of depth at the position was glaringly obvious when his replacement turned out to be 34-year Swiss stalwart Stephan Lichtsteiner. The third-in-command would be Ainsley Maitland-Niles who is primarily a central midfielder.  For a big Premier League club like the Gunners, a 22-year-old attacking full-back would fit Arsenal’s system wonderfully and would challenge Bellarin for his shirt.

Dumfries possess all the attributes to be a success in England’s top tier. He is an imposing full-back standing at 6ft 2 with vast strength and physicality.  He bombs down the line with great attacking prowess as he holds tremendous pace. Creative, with good vision, he has currently 84% success passing rate in the Eredivisie and has also notched himself three goals so far in 2018/19 in 17 appearances for the Eindhoven side.

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But unlike many fast full-backs, he holds great awareness to gather himself, get back into position to deliver the crunching tackle to halt any attack. Ask Kylian Mbappe after experiencing this in the Dutch’s 2-0 win over France back in November last year. Dumfries has been vital in PSV’s success this term, they have just conceded eight goals in 17 games.

If Arsenal wanted Denzel immediately, they may be in for a wait. Dumfries is unlikely to leave before the summer and PSV will not want to lose him as they hold prime position to win the Eredivisie this coming May.

Come the summer transfer window, PSV may be ready to hunt for a new youngster to fill that role and Arsenal may have to pay a big price to get this talented youngster to move to London.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results: Week 17

VVV Venlo 2-0 PEC Zwolle

Fortuna Sittard 0-0 FC Groningen

NAC Breda 4-2 SC Heerenveen

PSV Eindhoven 3-1 AZ Alkmaar

Excelsior 0-3 Heracles Almelo

FC Utrecht 1-3 AFC Ajax

ADO Den Haag 2-2 Feyenoord

De Graafschap 2-2 Vitesse Arnhem

FC Emmen 0-2 Willem II

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: De Graafschap crumble to the powerful Ajax

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results: Week 16

Willem II 0-3 ADO Den Haag

PEC Zwolle 0-0 NAC Breda

Heracles Almelo 0-4 PSV Eindhoven

AZ Alkmaar 2-1 Excelsior

Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 VVV Venlo

SC Heerenveen 2-3 FC Utrecht

AFC Ajax 8-0 De Graafschap

FC Groningen 1-2 FC Emmen

Feyenoord 0-2 Fortuna Sittard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Result: Week 11

Feyenoord 4-1 VVV Venlo

Results: Week 15

Fortuna Sittard 0-3 AZ Alkmaar

PSV Eindhoven 6-0 Excelsior

Willem II 1-5 SC Heerenveen

PEC Zwolle 1-4 AFC Ajax

ADO Den Haag 0-0 De Graafschap

FC Utrecht 3-1 Heracles Almelo

VVV Venlo 0-0 FC Groningen

FC Emmen 1-4 Feyenoord

NAC Breda 2-1 Vitesse Arnhem  

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Feyenoord blows title race open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results: Week 14

Excelsior 3-3 FC Utrecht

Vitesse Arnhem 1-1 FC Emmen

De Graafschap 0-2 PEC Zwolle

AZ Alkmaar 0-2 Willem II

SC Heerenveen 3-1 Fortuna Sittard

AFC Ajax 5-1 ADO Den Haag

Heracles Almelo 4-1 VVV Venlo

Feyenoord 2-1 PSV Eindhoven

FC Groningen 5-2 NAC Breda

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

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

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

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

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

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

Round 13: Results

PEC Zwolle 2-3 ADO Den Haag

NAC Breda 0-3 AFC Ajax

PSV Eindhoven 3-0 SC Heerenveen

Fortuna Sittard 3-0 Heracles Almelo

FC Emmen 1-2 Excelsior

FC Utrecht 5-0 De Graafschap

Feyenoord 1-0 FC Groningen

Willem II 1-3 Vitesse Arnhem

VVV Venlo 2-2 AZ Alkmaar 

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Ajax magnificent as Excelsior hit for seven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results: Week 12

PEC Zwolle 2-3 Willem II

FC Emmen 2-0 NAC Breda

De Graafschap 1-4 PSV Eindhoven

Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 FC Utrecht

VVV Venlo 3-2 Fortuna Sittard

FC Groningen 2-0 SC Heerenveen

Excelsior 1-7 AFC Ajax

ADO Den Haag 0-1 AZ Alkmaar

Heracles Almelo 0-2 Feyenoord

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: PSV & Ajax still on fire as Feyenoord are black-out

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The eleventh round of Eredivisie action got underway with Groningen moving off the foot of the table after hitting Excelsior for four at the Van Donge & De Roo Stadion on Friday evening.

Saturday’s action in the Dutch top flight began with two matches kicking off simultaneously. One of which saw an 88th minute effort from Mitchell te Vrede help NAC Breda snatch all three points from under the noses of visiting Heracles to continue their recent run of good form while, at the same time, a lone Luuk de Jong effort saw PSV Eindhoven put their humiliating cup exit at the hands of second-tier outfit RKC Waalwijk behind them by dispatching an undermanned Vitesse Arnhem and, in the process, post an eleventh straight league victory which put the reigning Eredivisie champions eight points clear at the top of the standings ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

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The day’s Eredivisie action was brought to a close with two more fixtures getting underway at the same time. One of which saw a Mats Seuntjens goal fourteen minutes from time ultimately prove the difference as AZ Alkmaar put back-to-back league defeats behind them by edging out visiting De Graafschap while first-half goals from Kasper Dolberg and Frenkie de Jong helped Ajax tune-up for Wednesday evening’s UEFA Champions League clash with Benfica by easing to a routine two-goal victory over Willem II at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Sunday’s Eredivisie action began in Friesland where a late leveller from Reuven Niemeijer two minutes from time saw FC Emmen snatch a late share of the spoils from their clash with Heerenveen.

Elsewhere, FC Utrecht made it three wins in as many games by hitting ADO Den Haag for three without reply while Fortuna Sittard edged their way into the top ten by virtue of posting the same scoreline against struggling PEC Zwolle.

The eleventh round of Eredivisie action was given an unexpected early mark when the lights went out (quite literally) during Feyenoord’s clash with VVV Venlo, causing the match to be postponed.

Results

Excelsior 2-4 FC Groningen

NAC Breda 2-1 Heracles Almelo

PSV Eindhoven 1-0 Vitesse Arnhem

AZ Alkmaar 1-0 De Graafschap

AFC Ajax 2-0 Willem II

SC Heerenveen 1-1 FC Emmen

Fortuna Sittard 3-0 PEC Zwolle

FC Utrecht 3-0 ADO Den Haag

Feyenoord P-P VVV Venlo

Team of the Week

GK – David Jensen – FC Utrecht

DF – Alessandro Ciranni – Fortuna Sittard

DF – Nicolas Tagliafico – Ajax

DF – Daley Blind – Ajax

DF – Willem Janssen – FC Utrecht

MF – Mark Diemers – Fortuna Sittard

MF – Arber Zeneli – sc Heerenveen

MF – Luka Ilic – NAC Breda

FW – Finn Stokkers – Fortuna Sittard

FW – Ritsu Doan – FC Groningen

FW – Hirving Lozano – PSV

Player of the Week

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Ajax smash Feyenoord, PSV keep on winning

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The tenth round of Eredivisie action got underway at De Oude Meerdijk on Friday evening where a 64th-minute effort from Stef Gronsveld ultimately proved enough to earn hosts, FC Emmen a share of the spoils against an undermanned VVV Venlo.

Saturday’s action in the top flight of Dutch football began with NAC edging a point clear of the foot of the table after their clash with ADO finished all square in The Hague.

Elsewhere, De Graafschap got back to winning ways by hitting an undermanned Excelsior for four while a Denzel Dumfries effort three minutes from time saw table-topping PSV Eindhoven snatch a last-gasp victory over rock-bottom Groningen to move eight points clear of second-placed Ajax.

Saturday’s Eredivisie action was brought to a close at the MAC3PARK Stadion where a 73rd-minute effort from Mike van Duinen ultimately proved enough to earn struggling PEC Zwolle a share of the spoils against high-flying Heracles.

Sunday’s action got underway in Arnhem where a 66th-minute effort from Matus Bero proved decisive as Vitesse got back to winning ways at the expense of the previously in-form Fortuna Sittard.

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Elsewhere, a late Willem Janssen effort three minutes from time saw FC Utrecht snatch all three points from under the noses of Willem II in Tilburg while Ajax reduced PSV’s advantage at the top of the standings to five points after hitting an undermanned Feyenoord for three without reply in De Klassieker.

The tenth round of Eredivisie action was brought to a close at the AFAS Stadion where an 84th-minute effort from Sam Lammers saw Heerenveen snatch victory over hosts, AZ Alkmaar by the odd goal in five.

Results

FC Emmen 1-1 VVV Venlo

ADO Den Haag 1-1 NAC Breda

FC Groningen 1-2 PSV Eindhoven

De Graafschap 4-1 Excelsior

PEC Zwolle 1-1 Heracles Almelo

Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 Fortuna Sittard

AFC Ajax 3-0 Feyenoord

Willem II 0-1 FC Utrecht

AZ Alkmaar 2-3 SC Heerenveen

Team of the Week

GK – Lars Unnerstall – VVV

DF – Denzel Dumfries – PSV

DF – Nicolas Gavory – FC Utrecht

DF – Bart Straalman – De Graafschap

DF – Maikel van der Werff – Vitesse

MF – Youssef El Jebli – De Graafschap

MF – Frenkie de Jong – Ajax

MF – Hakim Ziyech – Ajax

FW – Daryl van Miegham – De Graafschap

FW – Michel Vlap – sc Heerenveen

FW – Adenassar El Khayati – ADO

Player of the Week

FW – Hakim Ziyech – Ajax

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: PSV six-y as Ajax four-midable

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Due to the international break, the ninth round of action in the Dutch top flight got underway on Saturday evening with two fixtures kicking off simultaneously that saw reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven tune up for their UEFA Champions League encounter with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening by hitting a hapless FC Emmen for six to move eight points clear at the top of the standings ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures while, at the same time, goals from Jeffry Fortes and Jurgen Mattheij saw an undermanned Excelsior edge out Vitesse Arnhem at the Van Donge & De Roo Stadion.

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Saturday’s Eredivisie action was concluded with two more fixtures that saw title-chasing Ajax, who themselves welcome Benfica to the Johan Cruijff ArenA in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday evening, promptly reduce PSV’s advantage at the top of the table back to five points after Erik ten Hag’s men hit Heerenveen for four without reply in Friesland while an own goal from the unlucky Ricardo van Rhijn saw FC Utrecht snatch all three points from under the noses of visiting AZ Alkmaar at the Stadion Galgenwaard.

Sunday’s action in the top flight of Dutch football got underway in Breda where a Mikhail Rosheuvel spot kick sixteen minutes from time ultimately proved enough to earn bottom-of-the-table, NAC a share of the spoils from their derby clash with Willem II.

Elsewhere, goals from Peniel Mlapa and Jay-Roy Grot saw VVV Venlo sweep aside the challenge of visiting ADO Den Haag to edge their way into the top five.

Meanwhile, Heracles ended the weekend five points and one place better off than VVV after coming from a goal down to hit struggling FC Groningen for four at the Polman Stadion while, with the season’s first instalment of De Klassieker on the horizon, Feyenoord hit PEC Zwolle for three to move within two points of second placed Ajax.

The ninth round of Eredivisie action was brought to a close in Sittard where Fortuna hit fellow newly-promoted side, De Graafschap for three to move three points clear of the drop zone.

Results

PSV Eindhoven 6-0 FC Emmen

Excelsior 2-0 Vitesse Arnhem

SC Heerenveen 0-4 AFC Ajax

FC Utrecht 2-1 AZ Alkmaar

NAC Breda 2-2 Willem II

VVV Venlo 2-0 ADO Den Haag

Heracles Almelo 4-1 FC Groningen

Feyenoord 3-0 PEC Zwolle

Fortuna Sittard 3-1 De Graafschap 

Team of the Week

GK – Justin Bijlow – Feyenoord

DF – Denzel Dumfries – PSV

DF – Angelino – PSV

DF – Branislav Ninaj – Fortuna Sittard

DF – Jurgen Mattheij – Excelsior

MF – Tino Susic – VVV

MF – Gaston Pereiro – PSV

MF – Hakim Ziyech – Ajax

FW – Luuk De Jong – PSV

FW – Lazaros Lamprou – Fortuna Sittard

FW – Hirving Lozano – PSV

Player of the Week

FW – Hirving Lozano – PSV

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: PSV & Ajax easing through the season

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With the second international break of the campaign looming large on the horizon, the eighth round of Eredivisie action got underway on Friday evening at the Stadion Galgenwaard where a Simon Gustafson double saw FC Utrecht overcome the challenge of struggling NAC Breda to edge their way into the top ten ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

Saturday’s action in the top flight of Dutch football began in The Hague where a lone first-half effort from Elson Hooi ultimately proved enough to see ADO Den Haag edge out visiting Groningen.

Elsewhere, PEC Zwolle continued their recent resurgence by seeing off the challenge of Excelsior courtesy of goals from Mike van Duinen and Thomas Lam while reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven put their midweek UEFA Champions League disappointment behind them by hitting VVV Venlo for four to move eight points clear at the top of the standings.

The day’s action was concluded in Doetinchem where Heerenveen edged their way into the top eight after hitting an undermanned De Graafschap for five.

Sunday’s Eredivisie action got underway at De Oude Meerdijk where a 91st-minute effort from Jose Rodriguez earned Fortuna Sittard a late share of the spoils in a six-goal thriller with fellow Eredivisie new boys, FC Emmen.

Elsewhere, previously in-form Heracles saw their five-match winning streak go up in smoke in spectacular fashion as they were hit for four without reply by a rampant Vitesse Arnhem while an 85th-minute equaliser from Fran Sol saw Willem II snatch a late point against visiting Feyenoord.

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The eighth round of action was brought to a close at the Johan Cruijff ArenA where buoyed by their impressive performance in Munich in midweek, Ajax hit a hapless AZ Alkmaar for five to end the weekend five points adrift of pacesetting PSV Eindhoven.   

Results

FC Utrecht 2-1 NAC Breda

ADO Den Haag 1-0 FC Groningen

PEC Zwolle 2-0 Excelsior

PSV Eindhoven 4-0 VVV Venlo

De Graafschap 0-5 SC Heerenveen

FC Emmen 3-3 Fortuna Sittard

Vitesse Arnhem 4-0 Heracles Almelo

Willem II 1-1 Feyenoord

AFC Ajax 5-0 AZ Alkmaar

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Eredivisie Team of the Week: Ziyech tops Week 7

The Eredivisie season is back and so is our Player of the Year tournament. Every week Will Burns and Steve Davies select the best 11 from that week’s action and each player is awarded one point. One member of the team will win the ‘Player of the Week’ award and be awarded two points. Check the current standings here.

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EREDIVISIE REPORT: Hero RVP turns to villain

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Following a busy week of KNVB Beker action, the Eredivisie returned with its seventh round of fixtures on Saturday evening at the Abe Lenstra Stadion where Tomáš Necid’s third goal in the Czech’s last two outings in all competitions earned ADO Den Haag a share of the points against Heerenveen while, at the same time, second-half goals from Luuk de Jong and substitute, Donyell Malen helped reigning Eredivisie champions, PSV Eindhoven to a third win on the bounce in all competitions on the road against NAC in Breda.

The day’s action was rounded out with two more fixtures kicking off simultaneously as second-half goals from Kasper Dolberg and Hakim Ziyech saw Ajax warm up tor Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich by taking all three points from their trip to Eredivisie new boys, Fortuna Sittard while a lone Elías Már Ómarsson effort ultimately proved enough to see a short-handed Excelsior send visiting VVV Venlo home empty-handed.

Sunday got underway in Almelo where two goals in the opening seven minutes from first, Brandley Kuwas and then Kristoffer Peterson ultimately proved enough to see in-form Heracles record a fifth-straight win in all competitions, at the expense of visiting FC Emmen.

Elsewhere, a goal from super-sub, Ahmad Mendes Moreira fourteen minutes from time saw struggling FC Groningen climb off the foot of the table after snatching a share of the spoils against an undermanned FC Utrecht while an 88th minute effort from second-half replacement, Zian Flemming earned PEC Zwolle a late point against AZ Alkmaar and an own goal from the unlucky Fernando Lewis a minute from time saw De Graafschap snatch all three points against nine-man Willem II in Doetinchem.

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The weekend was brought to a close at De Kuip where Robin van Persie capped a come-from-behind victory for hosts, Feyenoord with an incredible free-kick three minutes from time to see off a dogged Vitesse Arnhem, who, having seen the former Arsenal and Manchester United man handed his marching orders a minute into added time, would end the game with just nine men when Danilho Doekhi was sent to join the previously dismissed Thomas Bruns four minutes later.

Results

SC Heerenveen 1-1 ADO Den Haag

NAC Breda 0-2 PSV Eindhoven

Fortuna Sittard 0-2 AFC Ajax

Excelsior 1-0 VVV Venlo

Heracles Almelo 2-1 FC Emmen

FC Groningen 1-1 FC Utrecht

AZ Alkmaar 2-2 PEC Zwolle

De Graafschap 2-1 Willem II

Feyenoord 2-1 Vitesse Arnhem

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