Every week in the 2021/22 season, Football-Oranje’s Michael Statham gives you his previews and predictions for each Dutch Eredivisie round.

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Friday, 4th November

Cambuur v NEC Nijmegen

NEC have been slowly slipping down the Eredivisie standings after so many draws this season culminating in only one win in twelve.

16th-placed Cambuur will see this as an opportunity to pull themselves level on points with a win against the team sitting just above them in the table. Fans are desperate for them to start scoring goals — only in one game have they found the net in front of home supporters: the remarkable 3-0 success over PSV.


Saturday, 5th November

Vitesse Arnhem v Sparta Rotterdam

Vitesse have won their last two in the league, but both seemed gritty. They have been unable to find any sort of form so far up until now. Their way to more points seems to be grinding out results, which shows how far the drop in quality has been since last season.

Sparta continue their good run of form which sees them sit just below the competitive top five. So many things are going right for Maurice Steijn’s men, and when you watch them play, they have confidence and verve, something which is rarely seen by Vitesse this season.

However good Sparta have looked though, they have only won once away from home thus far, with their other five victories coming at Het Kasteel. Vitesse’s defensive system might keep Sparta’s wing-play at bay and crowd out the impressive striker Tobias Lauritsen. That will keep the goals down.


Fortuna Sittard v FC Emmen

Julio Velazquez has made an interesting start as Fortuna manager. They went five unbeaten in his first five before falling to a 3-1 defeat at surprise package Sparta last time out. Their undoing was conceding too many chances to the opposition. They lacked quality in controlling the game. There is no doubt that Fortuna have the forward players to cause problems though, especially at home where they can pin a team like Emmen back.

Emmen, like Volendam, are finding life hard upon their Eredivisie return. I think this is another game where they will be able to stay in the match for long periods, but ultimately they won’t have enough with the quality of Burak Yilmaz and co.


Excelsior v Heerenveen

When Excelsior face a team they cannot dominate possession, they don’t have the quality to prevent conceding shots on goal.

Whilst Heerenveen lost their last game against Utrecht, there were lots of positives to take from the performance. They only lost out to two fantastic strikes on goal. Kees van Wonderen switched to a more attacking 4-3-3 and it meant they dominated proceedings.


Sunday, 6th November

FC Utrecht v FC Groningen

Utrecht have started picking up some results, but they’re not at their scintillating best still. Maybe it’s just that there’s a lack of young talents in the team to excite supporters.

Groningen don’t seem capable of having more than half of the possession, or breaking quickly on the counter attack. Prime candidates then to lose another game.


FC Twente v Go Ahead Eagles

Twente continue to have an incredible home record, having won all of their games there thus far. There’s an expectation that they should win this one, too.

However, Go Ahead have quietly been on a very good run of form recently, which has included ever-improving attacking play and results like a 1-1 draw at Ajax.


FC Volendam v Feyenoord

Volendam played against the ten men of AZ last weekend. Obviously against a much stronger opposition, Volendam did at least manage to have over 60% of the possession and several more shots on goal. Henk Veerman offered much more of a threat for The Other Oranje once he came on.

Wim Jonk’s men could end up being cut off from the teams above them at this rate after yet another defeat. Playing Feyenoord therefore, when they are so error-prone defensively, is going to be a huge challenge. The Rotterdam side are weakened by the fact they will have put a lot of energy into their Europa League match on Thursday.


Ajax v PSV

The huge game of the weekend! Everyone can see that Ajax will have more of the possession here, but PSV have enjoyed some good results recently thanks to some of their stars returning to full fitness, making for a much better match than this might have been a few weeks ago.


RKC Waalwijk v AZ Alkmaar

RKC missed the injured Michiel Kramer last week at Twente. They couldn’t create very much, and they were simply outclassed. Back at home, they face AZ who haven’t quite been the same since they lost to Feyenoord at home, which knocked them off top spot.


How has Michael got on so far?

Week 1: 6/9 results + 8/9 bets

Week 2: 2/9 results + 6/9 bets

Week 3: 4/6 results + 3/4 bets

Week 4: 4/9 results + 2/4 bets

Week 5: 4/9 results and 1 correct score + 3/4 bets

Week 6: 5/9 results and 1 correct score + 2/4 bets

Week 7: 2/9 results and 1 correct score + 1/4 bets

Week 8: 5/9 results and 1 correct score + 3/4 bets

Week 9: 2/9 results + 3/4 bets

Week 10: 4/9 results + 4/4 bets

Week 11: 4/9 results and 1 correct score + 2/4 bets

Week 12: ?/7 results + ?/4 bets

Michael Statham (780 Posts)

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