Feyenoord vs Ajax
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Sunday, 27th January 2019
Kick-off at 13.30 UK/ 14.30 CET
Venue: De Kuip (Rotterdam).
Feyenoord and Ajax both progressed in the KNVB Beker in midweek, and Sunday’s hosts will be hoping their extra day of rest and recuperation means they have the edge against one of their title rivals. Feyenoord are already thirteen points behind the league leaders PSV and that makes this weekends clash with Ajax a must win game if they are to stand any chance of being crowned Eredivisie champions. Ajax missed out on an opportunity to go level with PSV last weekend and wont want to drop points on Sunday for fear of that gap increasing once again.
Feyenoord thrashed Fortuna Sittard 4-1 on Wednesday night, with veteran striker van Persie scoring twice, van Beek netting the third goal, and Berghuis converting the hosts second penalty deep into stoppage time. Fortuna Sittard did equalise through Novakovich early in the second half, but Feyenoord dominated the match with 63% of the overall possession, fifteen corners to their guests three, and twenty-seven shots to Fortuna Sittard’s six.
After drawing 4-4 with Heerenveen in Amsterdam at the weekend, goals were expected when both sides went head to head in the KNVB Beker on Thursday. The hosts Ajax found themselves 3-0 up at halftime thanks to a goal from Mazraoui and a brace from van de Beek, but would have expected their guests to comeback at them during the second forty-five. Heerenveen threatened a late comeback when van Amersfoort pulled a goal back in the eighty-fourth minute and then Lammers was presented with a penalty, only to fluff his lines in the eighty-ninth minute. Ajax were by far the better team and deserved to progress in the KNVB Beker, but that result on adds to the frustration of last weekends 4-4 draw.
These two sides often put on a spectacle when they lock horns and we’re expecting to see goals for both teams and an end to end ninety minutes on Sunday. Four of the last six encounters between Ajax and Feyenoord have seen over 2.5 goals scored, while both teams have scored in five of their last seven matches. When you add those stats to the fact that both teams have scored and over 2.5 goals were scored in four of Feyenoord’s and Ajax’s last six matches in league and cup then you can see just why were backing at least three goals and for both clubs to find the back of the net this weekend.
Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker van Persie top scores for the hosts with eight goals in this seasons Eredivisie, while Tadić is out in front for Ajax at this moment in time with a very impressive twelve goals from midfield. Ajax are unbeaten in their last six matches having picked up five wins and one draw and as such head into Sunday’s game as the form favourites. We’re confident that both teams will score and over 2.5 goals will be produced on Sunday, with the game ending in a 2-2 draw. Both teams have been in good form of late, especially Ajax, but Feyenoord have proven themselves a team for the big occasions, winning the Super Cup against the league leaders and being the only team to beat PSV in the league this season.
Potential Feyenoord line-up: Vermeer, St Juste, Haps, Van der Heijden, Van Beek, Clasie, Vilhena, Van Persie, Larsson, Berghuis, Jorgensen.
Potential Ajax line-up: Onana, Mazraoui, De Ligt, Magallán, Blind; Schöne, De Jong, Ziyech; Van de Beek, Dolberg, Tadic