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. For the final matchweek of the season, it’s Crypto, a Dutch football betting tipster who is also offering his betting tips for this weekend.

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Wednesday 15th May

VVV-Venlo v Vitesse

Michael’s prediction: There seemed to be a time when Vitesse found it hard to score enough goals to win games. Now they’re struggling because of first-choice defenders either being unavailable for selection, or because they are simply playing poorly: out-of-contract Maikel van der Werff being an example of one of those. The goals have been flying in for the Arnhem side as they look to go into the Europa League play-offs in good form. VVV won well at PEC on Sunday, but I think they’ll run out of steam for this one. 1-2 | Tip: Over 2.5 goals.

Crypto’s prediction: Another important and difficult game at the Seacon Stadion. Vitesse need 3 points. They have played well against De Graafschap and I’m expecting the same result on the road. 1-4 | Tip: Over 3.5 goals.

De Graafschap v AjaxWATCH LIVE ON PREMIER SPORTS 1

Michael’s prediction: Ajax are all-but-certain champions. It’s been a marvellous campaign for them and it’s these kinds of games now where you can say with confidence that Ajax will win well because of the difference in quality. They will be desperate to keep as many first-team stars as possible for next season. De Graafschap may face a second thrashing in a week. 0-4 | Tip: Ajax -1.5 Asian handicap.

Crypto’s prediction: There is nothing doing for the home team and this game is the last game for the title for Ajax. 1-3 | Tip: Over 3.5 goals.

NAC Breda v PEC Zwolle

Michael’s prediction: NAC have been relegated and I don’t think they’ll have the fight left to battle past PEC, who admittedly have nothing to play for. Sometimes, the very end of the Eredivisie season throws up some wild scorelines, like Heracles 4-5 Excelsior from Sunday, and I wonder if something similar will happen here. 3-3 | Tip: Over 2.5 goals.

Crypto’s prediction: Breda have been relegated from the Eredivisie and Zwolle are standing in 13th position, safe for next season. So there is no no goal for either team. A ‘both teams to score’ pick shows the money. 2-2 | Tip: Both teams to score.

Emmen v Groningen

Michael’s prediction: Emmen are safe after their first ever season in the Eredivisie! Dick Lukkien deserved to be named amongst the nominations for Eredivisie manager of the season, but somehow didn’t make the five names shortlisted for the award. Meanwhile, Groningen are playing for a Europa League play-off place, so will be very much searching for a win here. 1-2 | Tip: Over 2.5 goals.

Crypto’s prediction: Getting three points from Willem II was enough for Emmen. Three points are very important for Groningen though. 0-2 | Tip: Groningen win.

Fortuna Sittard v Feyenoord

Michael’s prediction: I think Fortuna will be keen to send fans home happy after a great first season back in the Eredivisie and will raise their game for the visit of Feyenoord, who were disappointing in their home defeat to ADO on Sunday. 1-1 | Tip: Fortuna double chance.

Crypto’s prediction: I was expecting a sensational final game for Robin van Persie but they didn’t even score against ADO. Again there is no goal for either team in this final match of the campaign. Expecting a draw here. 2-2 | Tip: Both teams to score.

Utrecht v Heerenveen

Michael’s prediction: Two typical Eredivisie sides who could score goals for fun. Utrecht want to go into the play-offs in some form and I think that intensity sees them brush aside Heerenveen, who will have a big rebuilding job this summer. 3-1 | Tip: Over 2.5 goals.

Crypto’s prediction: Utrecht have 50 points, the same as Vitesse. The home team could use the advantge of playing at home and win this game. 2-1 | Tip: Over 2.5 goals.

PSV v HeraclesWATCH LIVE ON PREMIER SPORTS 2

Michael’s prediction: PSV have a pretty good points haul for an Eredivisie season but it wasn’t enough to be better than Ajax. A Heracles defensive horror show against Excelsior [4-5] saw them throw away three points and a 4-2 lead. PSV will win this game, but a summer of change awaits in Eindhoven. 2-0 | Tip: PSV -1.5 Asian handicap.

Crypto’s prediction: When Utrecht scored the first goal and took the lead against Ajax, PSV didn’t react and lost to Alkmaar. There’s no chance for PSV for the title. We may see a surprise here. 2-2 | Tip: Heracles +2 Asian handicap.

ADO Den Haag v Willem II

Michael’s prediction: 10th versus 9th – truly a midtable match! ADO have an outside chance of the European play-offs, Willem II have a bigger opportunity, but would require a win in the Hague against a side who have won four of their last five. Since making the Dutch cup final in an overall good campaign, the Tilburgers have fallen away a bit and I don’t see them winning against ADO. 1-0 | Tip: El Khayati to score.

Crypto’s prediction: For sure the home team did not expect the victory at De Kuip. Willem II gifted three points to Emmen to stay in Eredivisie.  I’m expecting goals here. 2-3 | Tip: Isak to score at anytime.

Excelsior v AZ

Michael’s prediction: Excelsior’s last-minute win at Heracles could be crucial, seeing as they may not win this game, and De Graafschap may not win theirs either. That would mean Excelsior finish 16th rather than 17th, thus ‘easier’ fixtures against lesser sides in the promotion/relegation play-offs. Let’s see if that ultimately makes a difference, though. AZ will be too dynamic for the Rotterdam side and I’m sure they’ll finish the season well. 1-3 | Tip: AZ -1.5 Asian handicap.

Crypto’s prediction: Despite the win at Heracles, Excelsior are finishing in the bottom three.  Alkmaar have not won away from home since February 8th. Expecting a draw here. 2-2 | Tip: Over 2.5 goals.

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])

Week 13: 5 results and 1 correct score | 6/9 betting tips won (LOST versus Northampton Town’s Dutch striker Kevin van Veen [6 results and 1 correct score])

Week 14: 4 results | 7/9 betting tips won (DRAW versus Football-Oranje.com editor Michael Bell [4 results])

Week 15: 5 results | 8/9 betting tips won (WON versus writer Alex Moretto)

Week 16: 5 results and 1 correct score | 5/9 betting tips won (WON versus Football-Oranje.com writer James Rowe [4 results])

Week 17: 5 results and 1 correct score | 5/9 betting tips won (WON versus ZiggoSport editor Joep Smeets [4 results and 1 correct score])

Week 18: 3 results | 6/9 betting tips won (LOST versus FC Utrecht e-Sporter Danny Hazebroek)

Week 19: 4 results and 1 correct score | 2/9 betting tips won (WON versus Football-Oranje.com writer Alex Royal [1 result])

Week 20: 5 results | 8/9 betting tips won (WON versus BN DeStem Voetbal journalist Maarten Elst [3 results])

Week 21: 4 results and 1 correct score | 4/9 betting tips won (DRAW versus Football-Oranje.com editor Michael Bell [5 results])

Week 22: 6 results and 1 correct score | 5/9 betting tips won (WON versus Dutch football tipster Crypto [4 results])

Week 23: 4 results | 5/9 betting tips won (LOST versus Football-Oranje.com writer Alex Royal [5 results])

Week 24: 8 results and 2 correct scores (+ Ajax v PEC Zwolle postponed) | 5/9 betting tips won (WON versus FC Groningen clubwatcher Merijn Slagter [7 results and 1 correct score])

Week 25: 8 results and 2 correct scores | 6/9 betting tips won (WON versus Eredivisie scout Xander Wilkinson [6 results and 1 correct score])

Week 26: 4 results and 1 correct score | 6/9 betting tips won (WON versus Pilka w Holandi writer Adam Sankowski [4 results])

Week 27: 4 results | 6/9 bettings tips won [1 void] (LOST versus IMG Media commentator Richard Connelly)

Week 28: 6 results and 1 correct score | 6/9 betting tips won (WON versus commentator Paul Thomas Clay [4 results])

Week 29: 6 results | 2/9 betting tips won (DRAW versus Football-Oranje editor and founder Michael Bell [6 results])

Week 30: 3 results | 3/9 betting tips won (LOST versus Football-Oranje writer James Rowe [8 results and 1 correct score])

Week 31: 5 results and 2 correct scores | 5/9 betting tips won (DRAW versus Out of Context Eredivisie’s Yorin Schrader [5 results and 2 correct scores])

Week 32: 4 results | 5/9 betting tips won (LOST versus IMG UK’s Eredivisie Highlights Show expert Jonathan Beck [8 results and 1 correct score])

Week 33: 4 results | 6/9 betting tips won (WON versus Staantribune’s Robert Breukers [3 results])




Michael Statham (389 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.