Every week in the 2022/23 season, Football-Oranje’s Michael Statham gives you his previews and predictions for each Dutch Eredivisie round.

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Friday, 24th February

Sparta Rotterdam v FC Utrecht

Surely these two sides will be amongst the four that finish in the European play-offs come the end of May. At the moment, Utrecht sit beneath their hosts, but I think they are stronger in terms of player quality than Sparta, which may tell on Friday night. I’m thinking this will either be a draw or a narrow away win.


Saturday, 25th February

FC Groningen v Excelsior

Groningen have been passing up opportunity after opportunity lately against direct opponents in the table to dig themselves out of trouble. This is another one of those games. I predicted them to gain three points last weekend, and I will do the same this time, too, even though I do think they are doomed to a surprise relegation.


Heerenveen v RKC Waalwijk

Heerenveen will be pleased having got back to winning ways with a derby win over Cambuur last Sunday. What’s more, Osame Sahraoui scored his first goal for the club, and I am sure he will go on to have a superb time in Friesland. RKC are keen to leapfrog their opponents in the table into a neat eighth spot, but I think Heerenveen, at home, will show their quality.


AZ Alkmaar v Cambuur

Even though AZ were disappointing in their loss to Feyenoord last weekend, they should get back on track here. I have found Jesper Karlsson to be very inconsistent this season, almost like if he isn’t mentally up for a game, he will go invisible. Still three points remaining in Alkmaar though.


NEC Nijmegen v FC Volendam

NEC still have the potential to put a run of wins together to push them into the top half and potentially the European play-off spots. All season though, they throw a completely unexpected performance and disappoint their supporters. After a 3-0 success at Excelsior, they could build on that with a win over Volendam. The visitors have picked up fourteen points from their eight league games since the Winter break — a very impressive return for a side that were doomed to finish in the bottom two. Given’s NEC’s record of drawing matches, Volendam could extend their little run.


Sunday, 26th February

Fortuna Sittard v Feyenoord

Feyenoord keep winning games. They have salvaged either a draw or a win in the 90th minute or later four times in 2023 so far. This feels like their special season. This is a tough test away to Fortuna, who will be spearheaded by the in-form Burak Yilmaz. Feyenoord lack some inspiration in attack at times, but they have a solid defence who will be able to keep Burak at bay.


Vitesse Arnhem v Ajax

Last weekend, Vitesse lost to Volendam in slightly disappointing fashion, and now they enter a run of tough-looking games. Despite Ajax’s European efforts on Thursday, I think they will have enough about them now that Johnny Heitinga has restored some confidence and goals back into the side to win in Arnhem without too much trouble.


FC Emmen v Go Ahead Eagles

A big home game here for Emmen in their fight for survival. At this stage, it can be less about quality and more about will to win three points. I think Dick Lukkien is a manager who can evoke that kind of reaction from his team, and despite Go Ahead picking up a nice win over Twente last weekend, they could find themselves in a battle their lofty mid-table perch doesn’t prepare themselves for.


PSV v FC Twente

Whilst Twente don’t usually pull up too many trees away from home, this is an important game for PSV to win and they will find Twente a difficult team to get past. With a few injuries to the forward line and the departures of Cody Gakpo and Noni Madueke, PSV may find Ron Jans’s men frustrating.


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: 5/7 results + 4/4 bets

Week 13: 3/9 results + 4/4 bets

Week 14: 5/9 results + 2/4 bets

Week 15: 2/9 results and 2 correct scores + 3/4 bets

Week 16: 5/9 results + 2/4 bets

Week 17: 4/8 results + 2/3 bets

Week 18: 4/9 results + 1/4 bets

Week 19: 6/9 results and 1 correct score + 3/4 bets

Week 20: 3/9 results + 3/4 bets

Week 21: 6/9 results + 1/4 bets

Week 22: 4/9 results and 1 correct score + 4/4 bets

Michael Statham (820 Posts)

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