Every week in the 2018/19 season, Football-Oranje’s Michael Statham gives you his predictions and betting tips for each Dutch Eredivisie round. Michael competes against a different special guest each week. This time, it’s Northampton Town’s Dutch striker Kevin van Veen, who gave his predictions following a recent interview with Football-Oranje, which you can watch by clicking here.

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Saturday 24th November

NAC Breda v Ajax

Michael’s prediction: For sure NAC will make if difficult for Ajax in spells on Saturday, but they won’t be able to contain the Ajax attackers for very long; the strikers are far too mobile. 1-4 | Tip: Ajax -1.5 Asian handicap.

Kevin’s prediction: It’s going to be tough [for NAC] but it’s their ‘Avondje’. Ajax have too much quality. 0-2

PEC Zwolle v ADO Den Haag

Michael’s prediction: Recent wins for the league’s bottom sides have lead to these two teams within danger of ending the weekend in the relegation zone. PEC were lackluster a fortnight ago and ADO have struggled to create many chances in any of their recent games, including a big fat zero shots on target in a home defeat to AZ last time out. A low quality match awaits but I think home advantage will make a difference. 1-0 | Tip: Under 2.5 goals. 

Kevin’s prediction: It’s a tough one…I’ll go with PEC Zwolle because of their home advantage. 1-0

PSV v Heerenveen

Michael’s prediction: Heerenveen are PSV’s Eredivisie bogey team. Even at home, PSV have only defeated the Frisians twice in the last five occasions. However, after watching how poor Heerenveen were in their 2-0 derby defeat to Groningen, I have little confidence in them getting a result in Eindhoven. 4-0 | Tip: PSV -1.5 Asian handicap. 

Kevin’s prediction: PSV is my club. It’s going to be an easy one for PSV and they’ve done really well at home recently. They’ve got a lot of quality. 3-0

Fortuna Sittard v Heracles

Michael’s prediction: After a promising start, Heracles are back to Earth following only one win in six (in all competitions). I thought they were unlucky though not to score in their 0-2 defeat to Feyenoord last time out and they may find more success in Sittard. A difficult match to call, so I’ll predict an entertaining draw. 2-2 | Tip: Both teams to score.

Kevin’s prediction: I will go with a weird one in this one. I’ll go with Fortuna for their home advantage. 1-0

Sunday 25th November

Emmen v Excelsior

Michael’s prediction: Excelsior’s form is beginning to concern me as I considered them as a decent Eredivisie outfit; they’ve just conceded 15 goals in three games. I think we’ll see a different side travelling to Emmen though which will be tighter. 1-2 | Tip: Both score no draw.

Kevin’s prediction: Again I need to go for home advantage there. In England it’s very big when you play at home rather than away. For this one they are two bottom teams in the Netherlands normally. 2-0

Utrecht v De Graafschap

Michael’s prediction: I think this will be fairly straight forward for Utrecht. The hosts have had issues this season in finding a reliable goal scorer but they have enough movement and experience to keep out the visitors and put the pressure on to score at least a couple of goals. 2-0 | Tip: Utrecht -1.5 Asian handicap.

Kevin’s prediction: I think De Graafschap are struggling lately. They will definitely be in the bottom of the league. 2-0

Feyenoord v Groningen

Michael’s prediction: I sense a surprise could be on the cards here. Feyenoord are looking a little bit apathetic in games and usually rely upon the quality of their forwards to get them results. I’m being brave by predicting Groningen to come away with a result but I am impressed with the way Danny Buijs seems to be turning his side’s fortunes around after a disastrous start to the campaign. What’s more, Ritsu Doan is developing into a quality player. 2-2 | Tip: Over 2.5 goals.

Kevin’s prediction: If you talk about home advantage, Feyenoord fill their stadium with 50,000! It’s amazing to play there; I’ve played there – amazing stadium. 3-1

Willem II v Vitesse

Michael’s prediction: Vitesse have a serious opportunity to go into the Winter break in a strong position amongst the top four or five with this being their most difficult fixture before Christmas. This one is the most difficult to predict from this weekend and I think it could be a close and entertaining match. The difference could be that Willem II may freely surrender more possession to the Arhem side when under pressure from their more illustrious visitors which could prove costly. 1-2 | Tip: Over 2.5 goals.

Kevin’s prediction: I’m going for Vitesse here. I know they’ve got a lot of quality in their squad – a very good team. 0-2

VVV-Venlo v AZ

Michael’s prediction: Who would have thought these two teams would be sitting side by side in the Eredivisie table at the end of November? The reality for AZ is that they are becoming boring to watch. John van den Brom has sacrificed attacking flair for results which is somewhat working, but I almost lost interest in their narrow and scrappy 0-1 victory at ADO. VVV are better at playing the tight game and with their on-loan Togolese striker Peniel Mlapa causing the damage of late, AZ’s sometimes calamitous defenders may be sweating once again on Sunday afternoon. 2-1 | Tip: Both teams to score.

Kevin’s prediction: I’ll go with AZ. 0-1

How has Michael done so far?

Week 1: 4 results and 1 correct score | 6/9 betting tips won (WON versus author Ferdi Delies [2 results])

Week 2: 5 results | 2/9 betting tips won (LOST versus writer Alex Dieker [6 results])

Week 3: 3 results and 1 correct score | 4/9 betting tips won (DRAW versus author Abdul Al Sayed [4 results])

Week 4: 2 results | 5/9 betting tips won (LOST versus IMG UK’s Eredivisie Highlights Show expert Jonathan Beck [5 results and 2 correct scores])

Week 5: 4 results | 5/9 betting tips won (WON versus Notts County winger Enzio Boldewijn [3 results])

Week 6: 6 results and 2 correct scores | 7/9 betting tips won (WON versus Football-Oranje writer Charlie Pritchard [5 results and 1 correct score])

Week 7: 6 results and 2 correct scores | 7/9 betting tips won (WON versus Willem II graphic designer FootyGraphic [3 results])

Week 8: 6 results | 6/9 betting tips won (LOST versus commentator Paul Thomas Clay [7 results and 2 correct scores])

Week 9: 8 results and 4 correct scores | 7/9 betting tips won (WON versus Football Manager researcher Jeroen Thijssen [7 results and 1 correct score])

Week 10: 6 results and 3 correct scores | 5/9 betting tips won (WON versus PSV-watcher and Eindhovens Dagblad journalist Rik Elfrink [4 results and 1 correct score])

Week 11: 5 results* and 1 correct score | 4/8* betting tips won (WON versus secretary of England’s eighth division Matt Jones [4* results]) *=Feyenoord v VVV cancelled

Week 12: 6 results | 4/9 betting tips won (WON versus Sky Sports journalist Joshua Hayward [4 results])




Michael Statham (349 Posts)

I'm a physics student from the UK and a massive Eredivisie fan. Started watching after being inspired by the Netherlands national team after the 2010 World Cup. Wilfred Bouma also has a big part to play in my initial keen interest in the league, being a Villa fan meant I wanted to keep track of my favourite player.