For each match-week this season, Michael Statham will give his preview and predictions for each Eredivisie game, along with tips offered through bet365. This weekend, leaders Feyenoord face struggling Roda. Can Ajax, PSV and AZ keep pace?

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Saturday 24th September

         Groningen v Heracles

Revival: Groningen finally get stuck into the season.

Revival: Groningen finally get stuck into the season.

Nine goals scored in two games have finally given Groningen a leverage for their season. I’ve noticed in their recent mini revival that they are playing in a more compact style, with Samir Memisevic particularly impressing, and their forwards have been playing with more confidence.

Heracles are heading in the other direction following only one point in their last four games. The form book says home win, and this time I’ll stick to it.

Michael’s prediction: 2-1

Tip: Over 3.5 goals is 7/4. (click the bet365 link to find out more)

         ADO Den Haag v Heerenveen

Back-to-back defeats has left ADO fans with a bitter taste after what was such a good start to the campaign. Cup progress on Wednesday, albeit on penalties, will have restored some confidence. ADO’s season could still be a very good one, maybe the two defeats will actually help mentality.

Although they’re facing a red-hot Heerenveen on Saturday, who are rejuvenated after scoring 12 goals in four successive wins.

I think it’ll be a draw here, ADO will be keen to rediscover their defensive rigidity.

Michael’s prediction: 1-1

         Ajax v PEC Zwolle

The wins keep coming for Ajax but there’s still room for improvement. Peter Bosz seems to be finding his feet in his new job though following a rocky start.

Bearing in mind Ajax are joint second at the moment having not played well enough, it goes to show the potential they have.

Many times in the past, PEC have always turned around a poor run of form, but this time it’s not looking promising at all for Ron Jans’s side. They look short on quality in attack now that all three of their frontline from last season have moved on.

Ajax will have too much quality for Zwolle’s defence too.

Michael’s prediction: 2-0

         Excelsior v PSV

Set-back: It's been a frustrating week for PSV.

Set-back: It’s been a frustrating week for PSV.

The tiny club from Rotterdam have ten points from six matches – a great return. Their next three games are against Go Ahead, Roda and PEC, offering Excelsior the chance to extend the gap over the bottom three at this early stage of the campaign.

Ryan Koolwijk has been the heart-beat of the team in midfield. Fresh from winning the Slovakian league last season, the 31-year-old has given his back-four good protection and offered threat in attack.

I hope they’ll give PSV a good game, as history says PSV have won all their games barring one draw in this fixture since the mid-eighties.

Phillip Cocu’s men will want to quickly forget their two home defeats from last week. They were unfortunate to lose to both Athletico Madrid and Feyenoord, but they cannot afford to dwell on poor results.

Michael’s prediction: 0-2

Tip: PSV at 11/8 for a win and clean sheet.

         AZ v Go Ahead Eagles

I expect this to be another routine home victory for AZ.

Go Ahead struggled to deal with Vitesse last weekend and, despite conceding late in the fixture, only luck prevented the Arnhemers from scoring more.

Michael’s prediction: 2-0

Tip: Draw half-time, AZ full-time at 11/4.

Sunday 25th September

         NEC v Willem II

Both teams have a combined two wins so far, and I’m backing NEC to bag only their second victory.

I don’t think Willem II will handle NEC’s offensive players and I can’t see the Tilburgers having the pace to catch out Peter Hyballa’s side.

Ernest Faber’s charges are making far too many mistakes in games. Notably goalkeeper Kostas Lamprou.

Michael’s prediction: 3-1

         Utrecht v Sparta

It’s about time Utrecht picked up their first win. That should have happened against Groningen last Friday, but they were thrashed instead.

What was originally an unlucky start to the season now can carry no excuses. Players have returned from injury and the tougher fixtures have passed. They have kept no clean sheets thus far and have lost all three of their home games.

However, Utrecht did win in the cup in midweek. Plus, striker Richairo Zivkovic has now bagged three goals in his last two matches.

Let’s see how their defence deals with Sparta. Manager Alex Pastoor has overseen a marvellous first six weeks in the Eredivisie, so don’t expect the newly promoted side’s honeymoon to end yet.

Michael’s prediction: 2-2

         Twente v Vitesse

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Talent: Unal is not the only Manchester loanee to impress.

Twente’s swashbuckling forwards on loan from Manchester City have lit up the Grolsch Veste. Enes Unal’s free-kick last week was superb, and the loan additions of Yaw Yeboah and Bersant Celina to provide Unal with ammunition look inspired and not merely stop-gap players to replace the ones they lost.

Young players are inconsistent though, so it won’t always look so easy for Twente.

Vitesse have been OK so far, but I think they’ll turn on the style to seize an away win.

Michael’s prediction: 1-2

         Feyenoord v Roda

Feyenoord are on a massive high at the moment. Wins against Manchester United, PSV and progress in the cup have set the Rotterdammers up for a fine campaign.

As always, I have my doubts for their consistency over the whole season, but I can’t see Roda getting in the way of a seventh straight league win.

The visitors have scored none in their last three games and conceded nine times. Home win.

Michael’s prediction: 3-1

Tip: Feyenoord with -1.5,-2.0 Asian handicap at 1.800.

 

Accumulator for all nine winners with a £10 bet returns: £3381.00

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How have I done so far?

Week 1: 4 results

Week 2: 3 results, 1 correct score

Week 3: 4 results, 1 correct score

Week 4: 6 results, 1 correct score

Week 5: 6 results, 2 correct scores

Week 6: 4 results, 2 correct scores




Michael Statham (454 Posts)

Writer/interviewer/YouTuber for Football-Oranje. Massive Dutch football fan from the UK. Follow me @EredivisieMike & subscribe to Football-Oranje on YouTube.