One of the most anticipated matches in the Eredivisie, De Klassieker, which carries an emotional allegiance, has finally made its way to the Johan Cruijff ArenA, where Ajax Amsterdam will face Feyenoord in the 26th round of the Eredivisie. Who will emerge victorious from this battle, and whose hopes will be shattered?
Let’s have a look at the latest Netherlands Eredivisie predictions between Ajax Amsterdam vs Feyenoord, team news, probable lineups, match facts and up to date betting odds for you to consider!
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The recent match against Heerenveen on the road was more of an easy task for John Heitinga’s team, which did not find it difficult to leave with three points in the bag in a 4:2 victory.
In that game, goals from Mohammed Kudus, Edson Álvarez, and Steven Bergwijn in the first half gave them a two-goal lead after conceding a goal in the 42nd minute. However, going into the second half, that lead had been increased to three goals by Kenneth Taylor’s goal in the 52nd minute before they gave up a second goal in the 79th, but the fact that their opponent had not been able to catch up with them with eleven minutes of play left was music to their ears.
With a 7-match winning streak, they have been in impressive form, but credit must go to John Heitinga, who has made a significant turnaround to the Eredivisie giants’ performance, which once saw them on an 7-match winless run, recording nothing but consecutive draws and a loss. Despite their wobble in European football, they are without a doubt destined for much greater heights this season.
They are currently in 2nd place in the standings with 55 points and are 3 points away from first place, and they will undoubtedly aim for all three points in this match.
Ajax Amsterdam has only one fitness concern ahead of this match, as they will be without long-term absentee Ahmetcan Kaplan, who sustained a knee injury, but otherwise, John Heitinga has a full roster of healthy players to choose from.
Rulli; Rensch, Timber, Bassey, Wijndal; Berghuis, Alvarez, Taylor; Kudus, Tadic, Bergwijn
With no room for error, De club aan de Maas got the job done thoroughly this time around in their return leg of the Europa League round of 16 against Shakhtar Donetsk, as they displayed a domineering performance that shadowed their opponent as they recorded a commanding 7:1 victory and won 8:2 on aggregate to book their seat in the quarter-finals.
Prior to that, they cruised to a 2:1 victory at home against FC Volendam in the Eredivisie, which was another display of a less than convincing performance from Arne Slot’s men, who got off the hook of being held to a draw thanks to an own goal from their opponent that came to their aid in the 74th minute to give them the lead.
Their consistency this season has been evident through their 18-match unbeaten run in which they’ve recorded twelve wins and six draws, and it goes without saying they’ve been insurmountable, and they’ll be a difficult foe for John Heitinga’s men in this encounter.
They are currently in first place with 58 points, three points ahead of Ajax Amsterdam, and a win here could put them six points clear. Vying for all three points here will be their sole intention to keep their title hopes alive.
Feyenoord will continue to be without their first-choice goalkeeper Justin Bijlow, who has been out since January with a broken wrist, but on loan from Anderlecht Timon Wellenreuther will continue to cover for him until he is fully recovered.
Marcos Lopez suffered a fitness problem in their recent Europa League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk and will be doubtful for this match.
Quinton Timber and Patrik Walemark will be out of the lineup due to knee and thigh injuries, respectively.
Wellenreuther; Pedersen, Geertruida, Hancko, Hartman; Kokcu, Wieffer; Jahanbakhsh, Danilo, Idrissi; Gimenez
Ajax Amsterdam has won 39 of the last 66 meetings, Feyenoord has won 9, and there have been 18 draws with a goal difference of 148-70 in favor of Ajax Amsterdam.
Ajax Amsterdam has been an unstoppable force at home when playing against Feyenoord in the De Klassieker, making life difficult for the Rotterdam-based team winning 14 of their 16 home games against them while surrendering two games for a draw. This has made them the bookmakers’ favorites to avoid defeat at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, which cannot be disputed given the imposing record they bring to the table.
This season, Feyenoord has been making waves in the Eredivisie thanks to their impressive play, which has them on an 18-match unbeaten run. It’s also important to note that Arne Slot’s team has defeated Ajax Amsterdam 11 times, which is another run of results that has been beyond impressive.
However, hold on! The catch with the De club aan de Maas’ victories over Ajax Amsterdam is that they all occurred at home, at the De Kuip Stadium. At the Johan Cruijff ArenA, however, they have yet to produce such commanding performances; their victory over Ajax Amsterdam away from home occurred in 2005.
This is expected to be a thrilling encounter between two sides that have exceeded expectations by a spoonful. Only one side can emerge from this as a true victor, or if the situation persists, as equals. All roads point to the hosts winning given the advantage they have had at this venue, so backing them to secure a convincing win should suffice.
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