The Big Three In Action In the Eredivisie As Ajax Languish Near Relegation
The Eredivisie returns for a full matchday across this weekend as all 18 teams face-off with the ‘Big Three’ clubs all in action on Saturday.
PSV is the only team still with a perfect record left this season whilst they are joined by AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord for the teams that are still unbeaten this term.
How do the matches line up this weekend and how will I manage with my predictions after a decent start last week?
Eredivisie Table After Matchday Six
Feyenoord vs Go Ahead Eagles
Feyenoord had an impressive victory last time against Ajax, winning 4-0 away in a game marred by crowd trouble.
The Dutch giants look in perilous form boosted by Santiago Gimenez’s nine goals, the best in the league, and four assists from Calvin Stengs, the joint-highest.
Gimenez is suspended for two games, however, so Arne Slot’s men won’t have everything their way.
As for Go Ahead Eagles, after their loss to PSV midweek and having not won at Feyenoord in their last three visits, they will start as underdogs.
Alex’s Prediction: Feyenoord 3-0 Go Ahead Eagles
PSV vs FC Volendam
As mentioned before, PSV are the leading team and the most dominant team so far and they are a team full of confidence, conceding one goal so far this season.
Luuk de Jong is in extremely good form, scoring six and assisting four goals already and backed by Joery Veerman, the dangerous duo will look to cause Volendam problems after their missed game.
Volendam’s game against Ajax was postponed due to the abandoned De Klassieker and the side are in the relegation zone at the moment.
PSV are looking to win the Eredivisie for the first time in six years and this performance should follow suit.
Alex’s Prediction: PSV 4-0 FC Volendam
RKC Waalwijk vs Ajax
Ajax are having possibly one of their worst weeks in recent memory and will need to start picking up wins in order to have a chance of lifting the title at the end of the season.
Ajax’s game against Feyenoord was abandoned, and when it was resumed on Wednesday, Ajax sank without a trace.
Maurice Stejin’s side are in chaos, their own fans damaged their own stadium and many are calling for the manager to be sacked.
A summer of turmoil has left Ajax, the club that in 2019 reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, currently directionless and sitting in the bottom reaches of the league they dominated for so many years, winning a record 36 league titles.
RKC, on the other hand, have won their last two games and have moved above their opponents and will feel like they can challenge a team in short supply of confidence.
Filip Stevanovic scored an 89th-minute winner against FC Twente last time out and will look to gain points in a match few could have predicted at the start of the season.
Alex’s Prediction: RKC Waalwijk 1-1 Ajax
The other two fixtures on Saturday see Utrecht host promoted side Almere and FC Twente host Heerenveen in the late kick-off.
Utrecht and Almere both sit in the bottom three and Almere are without a win this season so the battle between two relegation candidates could be a scrappy affair.
FC Twente will go into their game with confidence as they try and keep up their title challenge.
Alex’s Predictions: Utrecht 0-0 Almere and FC Twente 2-0 Heerenveen
NEC take on Vitesse in the first match of Sunday and the visitors will look for their win since their opening fixture this campaign.
The hosts for this clash have been strong at home, scoring nine goals in their three home games, and it should be another win for NEC on Sunday.
PEC Zwolle travel to Heracles after their loss to AZ Alkmaar last weekend and will face Heracles who battled to a draw against AZ midweek.
Excelsior, fresh after their 3-0 away win over Heerenveen, host Sparta Rotterdam, who themselves are optimistic after their 1-0 win over Vitesse.
Sparta Rotterdam are having a good start to the season and are challenging for a spot in the top four.
However, the last match of the matchday sees the other title candidates, AZ, host Fortuna Sittard in a match that sees a side in good form take on the side with notable scalps against big teams this season.
Fortuna have claimed draws against Feyenoord and Ajax but so far has only won twice.
AZ are unbeaten and have eight-goal Vangelis Pavlidis backing up their charge and it will be an interesting game for both teams after their starts to the season.
Alex’s Predictions: NEC 3-0 Vitesse, Heracles 1-0 PEC Zwolle, Excelsior 2-1 Sparta Rotterdam and AZ Alkmaar 3-1 Fortuna Sittard
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