Every week in the 2020/21 season, Football-Oranje’s Michael Statham gives you his predictions and betting tips for each Dutch Eredivisie round.

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Saturday, 16th January

FC Emmen v Vitesse Arnhem – Delayed airing on Premier Sports 2

Just when I thought Vitesse were running out of steam slightly, they pulled off another good win against Utrecht in mid-week. How can you expect anything other than an away win against a side who have 5 points from 16 games? 1-3 | Tip: Over 2.5 goals.

Sparta Rotterdam v PSV Delayed airing on Premier Sports 1

So far this season, against the top sides in the division, Sparta have been in some very tight games. Often, they let themselves down offensively against the big boys (a 4-4 draw with AZ the exception), and I don’t see that changing here, despite their lofty eighth-place position. PSV will want to bounce back after a poor showing against AZ on Wednesday. 0-2 | Tip: Away win.

PEC Zwolle v Fortuna Sittard

Both of these clubs will be feeling confident of avoiding the relegation dog fight; this may take some pressure off the game. It’s also a game of two contrasting styles – Fortuna like to be open, whilst PEC are more conservative. 2-2 | Tip: Both teams to score.

FC Utrecht v Heracles Almelo

I still find it hard to believe that Utrecht are languishing in mid-table. They just don’t look like turning around an awful season by their standards. On paper, their squad is strides ahead of Heracles, yet they are level on points with their opponents going into this fixture. 2-0 | Tip: Home win.

AZ Alkmaar v ADO Den Haag

After their win over PSV, AZ will have the bit between their teeth and know that their season is far from over. A huge cup game with Ajax lies ahead in mid-week, but a win in this league fixture will regain momentum of a realistic title push. 3-0 | Tip: AZ -1.5 Asian handicap.

Sunday, 17th January

RKC Waalwijk v Willem II

Had you told me that RKC would be above Willem II in the table at the half-way point of the season, I’d have mockingly laughed at your suggestion. Yet, here we are. The away side will be hurting after conceding a last-minute goal to lose to Groningen. Home games with PEC, Emmen and ADO lie on the horizon for Willem II, but this is also a huge game at the bottom of the table, and neither side will want to risk defeat. 1-1 | Tip: Both teams to score.

VVV-Venlo v Heerenveen

Georgios Giakoumakis has (pretty much) pledged to remain with VVV until the end of the season. He scored another four goals to fire his side past ADO in mid-week. Meanwhile, Heerenveen continue to go on a sloppy run of form – now winless in nine. The Venlo outfit look more likely to win, but the Frisians still have so much potential goal threat. 1-2 | Tip: Heerenveen draw no bet.

FC Groningen v FC Twente

A promising match in the Euroborg on Sunday as sixth meets seventh. Groningen look set to become the ‘best of the rest’ this season and I anticipate they will consolidate their position behind a run-away top five in the coming months. Twente lost Vaclav Cerny to injury on Thursday and they tired late in the game to lose late to Ajax. Groningen may intend to keep this game tight and strike late on should their opponents grow fatigued. 1-0 | Tip: Twente +1.5 Asian handicap.

Ajax v Feyenoord Delayed airing on Premier Sports 2

First meets second in a game-of-the-season contender. We were treated to an awesome contest last Sunday with Ajax’s 2-2 with PSV. Feyenoord, for me, have been largely unspectacular to watch, but their defensive discipline has been outstanding – it keeps picking up wins for them. Ajax will find it easier than other Eredivisie sides though to unpick Feyenoord’s back line. Feyenoord’s midfield is the weakest part of their team for me, and Ajax’s midfields are notoriously dominant – that is where I think the game will be won if Ajax can convert their possession into goals. 3-1 | Tip: Over 2.5 goals.

How has Michael done so far?

Week 1: 6/8 results (including 2 correct scores) + 3/8 betting tips

Week 2: 5/9 results (including 1 correct score) + 6/9 (1 void) betting tips

Week 3: 3/9 results + 6/9 betting tips

Week 4: 2/8 results + 5/8 betting tips

Week 5: 2/9 results (and 1 correct score) + 5/9 (1 void) betting tips

Week 6: 1/9 results + 3/9 betting tips

Week 7: 6/9 results + 9/9 betting tips!

Week 8: 5/9 results (and 1 correct score) + 5/9 betting tips

Week 9: 5/9 results (and 1 correct score) + 4/9 (1 void) betting tips

Week 10: 7/9 results (and 3 correct scores) + 7/9 betting tips

Week 11: 5/9 results (and 2 correct scores) + 8/9 betting tips

Week 12: 2/9 results + 4/9 betting tips

Week 13: 4/9 results (and 1 correct score) + 6/9 betting tips

Week 14: 3/9 results (and 1 correct score) + 7/9 betting tips

Week 15: 1/9 results + 3/9 betting tips

Week 16: 2/9 results + 1/9 betting tips

Michael Statham (709 Posts)

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