Round 25 of the Eredivisie is here and Michael Statham continues to give his preview and predictions for each match. In the last matchweek, Michael achieved seven correct results with three exact scores. The most enticing tie this weekend features title-chasing Ajax versus super in-form AZ.

eredFriday, February 26

Excelsior v NEC

Excelsior fashioned a few decent chances in Amsterdam, but were inevitably unable to upset the odds.

The games they need to really concentrate on between now and the end of the season come at home. After this one, there are games against Groningen, Heracles, Heerenveen and Zwolle in Rotterdam.

This match would be a good place to begin to turn around their awful run. NEC haven’t won in four and have only scored twice in the process.

I don’t often predict Excelsior to win, but I will here.

Michael’s prediction: 1-0

Saturday, February 27

Twente v Groningen

Twente have won four games in a row now to help propel themselves towards mid-table safety.

As I kept saying in the first half of the season, with their senior players on the pitch, Twente are a better side. Nick Marsman is just one example of a player who was dropped for far too long at the expense of a youth player who was not ready for first-team action.

Now the strongest team is fit and being played each week. So it should be no surprise that Twente are now performing much more strongly.

Recently I’ve found Groningen to be playing quite flat. I get the sense that the players see that there is nothing to play for at this stage of the season, and they don’t have to worry about their futures because they’ll have a new manager in the summer anyway.

The fact they lacked the concentration to concede from three corners last weekend displayed that behaviour. Erwin van de Looi must find a way to keep his players motivated.

Michael’s prediction: 2-1

PSV v ADO Den Haag

The champions defended so stoutly against Atheltico Madrid on Wednesday, Jeffrey Bruma and Jeroen Zoet were outstanding. It’s a shame that football fans across the world were not treated to some more attacking quality from PSV, but that could come in the second leg.

They come back to reality on Saturday though, with another game that they simply have to win in order to stave off Ajax for another week.

Mid-table ADO will come to Eindhoven with no pressure on them to get a result, which will suit PSV.

I wonder if we’ll see Dennis van der Heijden make another impact off the bench. It would certainly be the perfect place to do so.

Michael’s prediction: 3-1

Cambuur v PEC Zwolle

Cambuur played very well at the start of their first match under new boss Marcel Keizer, demonstrating some nice interplay. However they still slipped to a seventh consecutive defeat.

Their confidence crumbled and The Frisians gave the ball away a worrying amount of times just outside their own box.

PEC are finally back in the top half of the table following their first away win since November.

Lars Veldwijk scored a cracking goal against ADO, he’ll probably score again this time out too. Ron Jans must try and sort out a deal to sign him permanently from Nottingham Forest before he turns more heads.

Michael’s prediction: 1-2

Vitesse v Willem II

Despite netting twice against De Graafschap, Vitesse noticeably created a lack of chances, which is hardly surprising given their mediocre form of late.

Their opponents also conjured up little in their match in Utrecht. Willem II were overrun by a stronger team, and I see the same happening here.

Bartholomew Ogbeche may also miss this one through injury, making the visitors’ task even more difficult.

Michael’s prediction: 2-0

Sunday, February 28

Heracles v Roda JC

Heracles didn’t do much to harm PSV last weekend, although maybe that was down to how well the champions performed, rather than any deficiencies from the Almelo side.

Roda didn’t have to play particularly well to pick up a point in De Kuip, and seeing as it’s no win in four for the away side, I fancy Heracles to return to winning ways.

Michael’s prediction: 2-0

De Graafschap v Heerenveen

At the moment, it looks like De Graafschap are the most likely team to escape the bottom three, such is the form of Cambuur and Excelsior.

Jan Vreman’s side seize upon the mistakes of their opponents by hassling and harrying them.

Hence why I think De Graafschap could be in for more points here. Heerenveen have been off form in recent weeks and were pretty average against NEC. Mitchell te Vrede could have won the match with his penalty, but I don’t think the hosts deserved it on that day.

Michael’s prediction: 2-1

Utrecht v Feyenoord

On current form, Ruud Boymans looks more impressive than his much sought after strike partner, Sébastien Haller.

The hosts have recorded back-to-back wins to bounce back from three consecutive defeats.

After an OK first half, Feyenoord had an abject second-half showing against Roda. That said, the Rotterdammers should have won the game right at the death.

I’m expecting an improved Feyenoord once again, but they won’t pull up any trees that’s for sure, the team is still currently a mess.

Michael’s prediction: 1-1

Ajax v AZ

This could easily be game of the week, and I hope it lives up to expectation.

Ajax recorded a routine victory over Excelsior last time out, and will look for the likes of Davy Klaassen and Arkadiusz Milik to shine again.

Now that AZ look to have hit their ceiling in the Eredivisie table, they must stay there. Third place will earn them Europa League qualification and a reward for a superb second half of the campaign if they can keep it up.

I have run out of superlatives to describe their recent form. This will be the real acid test though to see whether or not this AZ side can take on the league’s finest.

This is the kind of game that Ajax used to grind a win out of when they were crowned reigning champions time and again under Frank De Boer, and I have the feeling this will be a similar type of match, until I remember Ajax’s current defence crisis.

Michael’s prediction: 2-2

How have I done so far?

Week 1: 4 results

Week 2: 3 results, 1 correct score

Week 3: 7 results, 1 correct score

Week 4: 4 results, 1 correct score

Week 5: 7 results, 2 correct scores

Week 6: 4 results, 1 correct score

Week 7: 7 results

Week 8: 5 results, 1 correct score

Week 9: 5 results, 1 correct score

Week 10: 4 results, 1 correct score

Week 11: 4 results, 1 correct score

Week 12: 3 results, 1 correct score

Week 13: 5 results

Week 14: 6 results

Week 15: 6 results, 1 correct score

Week 16: 4 results, 2 correct scores

Week 17: 5 results, 1 correct score

Week 18: 5 results

Week 19: 7 results

Week 20: 2 results, 1 correct score

Week 21: 2 results

Week 22: 6 results, 1 correct score

Week 23: 5 results

Week 24: 7 results, 3 correct scores

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Michael Statham (828 Posts)

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