A new addition to Football-Oranje for the 2018/19 season. Weekly Eerste Divisie predictions and betting tips from writer Kieran Noble. Feel free to predict your own and keep your own scores throughout the season!

It was a thrilling opening round of matches in the Eerste Divisie and it’s only going to get better this weekend with some exciting ties. Here are my predictions and betting tips for the second round of matches.

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Friday 24th August (19:00 BST)

FC Eindhoven v Go Ahead Eagles

Go Ahead had the dream start to the campaign with a 5-0 thumping over Jong Utrecht. They will be looking to build on the impressive start by picking up at least a point in Eindhoven. The home side fell short against Jong PSV 2-1 last week and will be hoping to get off the mark on Friday. 1-2 | Both Score No Draw

Helmond Sport v FC Twente

Twente started well by beating Sparta at De Grolsch Veste last week, they now travel south to face Helmond who were held to a score draw to Dordrecht. These are the sort of games Twente must be winning if they want to make an immediate return to the top flight, and I think they will do just that this week. This match will be shown live on Fox Sports NL. 0-2 | Twente To Win

Cambuur v Jong AZ

Cambuur scored two late goals to clinch a draw in Nijmegen last week and I expect them to carry that momentum into this tie in Leeuwarden against Jong AZ tonight. The away side almost completed a crazy turnaround after being three goals behind against Almere on Monday. However I still expect Cambuur to win this. 2-1 | Cambuur Double Chance

Telstar v MVV Maastricht

Both of these sides lost in the opening round of games. Neither scored either so don’t be surprised if this tie isn’t a goal fest. However, Telstar and MVV will both be looking to get their first three points on the board but I’m going for a draw in this match. 1-1 

FC Oss v Jong PSV

Oss will be pleased by their opening day showing after comfortably beating MVV 2-0 away from home. They now face a tough task against Jong PSV who also picked up maximum points against FC Eindhoven. I’m stuck on this one but my gut says PSV will just have what it takes to seal another three points. 1-2

Den Bosch v Waalwijk

Den Bosch were lucky to pick up three points in Volendam last week after a fluke goal was scored late on. They will fancy their chances against Waalwijk however the away side picked up a win themselves against Telstar. 3-1

Jong Ajax v Dordrecht

Although Jong Ajax lost in Kerkrade last week, I feel they will beat Dordrecht comfortably. Three points is a must for Michael Reizigers team or else they will start falling behind the leading pack too early in the season. Dordrecht’s opening game ended 0-0 and I can’t see them scoring here either. 3-0 | Jong Ajax Over 2.5 Goals

Almere v Roda JC

Almere looking impressive on Monday night prior to their red card. They led Jong AZ 3-0 up until that moment. Roda will certainly be wary of that going into the game and I’m looking forward to this one most, and I’m sure the neutrals are too. 1-1 | Both Teams To Score

Sparta v Volendam

Sparta will be disappointed after leaving Enschede last week empty-handed. They were unlucky not to get a point against Twente. A win here in Rotterdam is crucial for Sparta or else it leaves them with an early challenge to pull themselves up to the top 3 where they want to be. This match will be shown live on Fox Sports NL. 3-1 | Sparta To Win

Monday 27th August (19:00 BST)

Jong Utrecht v NEC Nijmegen

Utrecht will want to forget last week which saw them lose by five goals. NEC also collapsed late on and failed to beat Cambuur. Many expect NEC to win the Eerste Divisie this season, three points is important here for the away side. 1-3

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