Every week in the 2023/24 season, Football-Oranje’s Michael Statham gives you his previews and predictions for each Dutch Eredivisie round.

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Tuesday, 2nd April

Vitesse Arnhem v Sparta Rotterdam

Vitesse remain only six points from Eredivisie safety thanks to teams continuing to lose above them. Play-off chasing Sparta arrive next in Arnhem. Vitesse winger Hadj-Moussa has attracted some attention from the Eredivisie top clubs over the past week or so, but I think he needs to improve his end product first and be more decisive getting more points for the relegation-threatened side. I think Sparta will take advantage of more sloppiness in defence to deny their hosts once more.


Excelsior v PSV

Great, it’s just who Excelsior wanted to see in town next: a PSV side that have just lost their first Eredivisie game of the season. No doubt Peter Bosz has put the fuel back into the bellies of his players following a defeat where Bosz thought his players were bordering on ‘arrogant’. With Feyenoord ‘only’ seven points behind, a victory is key to deny their closest challengers any opportunity of a dramatic season finale.


Fortuna Sittard v NEC Nijmegen

Fortuna had been on a really nice run of results until a 4-0 squashing at Sparta at the weekend. NEC meanwhile are still chasing fifth position following a 3-1 win over PSV — as you will have seen, the first side to beat the champions-elect in the league this season. Over the last ten games, NEC would be third place, accruing 20 points from 10 matches. Home form has played a big part in this leap up the league, and I wonder how Rogier Meijer’s men will find this trip to Sittard. It’s a tough test, but with players returning to the team, I am going for a narrow away win.


Wednesday, 3rd April

Heracles Almelo v AZ Alkmaar

Heracles are still only a few poor results away from dropping into the relegation zone. I think they will be OK, but playing a resurgent AZ likely means another game without any points. AZ simply have their confidence back; it is not as though lots of players suddenly returned from injury; there were no big moves in the transfer market in January; and I don’t see any tactical masterclass from Maarten Martens since he took charge either.


FC Utrecht v PEC Zwolle

These two teams have gone in opposite directions since about the first third of the season. Utrecht are chasing the European playoffs whilst PEC have dropped like a stone.

I think Ron Jans’s men will have plenty of chances at home, but they still lack a ruthless striker to put the chances away. Sam Lammers is half-way to the striker they require, but I am going to predict PEC Zwolle to find a point and stop their poor run of results.


Heerenveen v FC Twente

Heerenveen have plenty of threat to make this a difficult evening for Champions League-chasing Twente. However, with the hosts having little to play for now, I think a slim victory for the away side is much more likely. The sudden departure of Joshua Brenet has been a shock to the Twente dressing room since he was such a big character. There is a camaraderie around this Twente side though and Joseph Oosting is a very good, calm leader amongst this group of players. This is definitely a 1-2 kind of game.


Thursday, 4th April

FC Volendam v Feyenoord

Volendam did pick up a point on Sunday from Almere, but they continue to be rooted to the foot of the Eredivisie table. This is a predictably comfortable match for Feyenoord.


RKC Waalwijk v Almere City

Out of the sides facing the drop, RKC definitely have the kindest run-in. Henk Fraser has been able to gee up his side to pick up points here and there by making his teams difficult to beat. So we won’t expect a big win on Thursday night, but an under 3.5 goals kind of game.


Ajax v Go Ahead Eagles

A fascinating fixture to finish the mid-week round. Having watched Ajax on Sunday, they looked so wide open yet again despite playing a 5-4-1. PEC Zwolle put them under too much pressure for a side at the top end of the league. Admittedly Ajax were missing several first-choice defenders, instead turning to three midfielders to make up their back five rather than choosing their back-up defenders off the bench!

Go Ahead’s season has rather petered out if you ask me. Their results from earlier in the season are propping them up into a fantastic seventh place, and only four points off their Amsterdam opponents. I hope we get an open game that swings both ways. I do however foresee a home win.


How has Michael got on so far?

Week 1: 4/9 results

Week 2: 7/9 results and 2 correct scores

Week 3: 4/5 results (reduced due to teams in Europe not playing)

Week 4: 2/9 results

Week 5: 5/9 results and 1 correct score

Week 6: 6/9 results

Week 7: 5/8 results and 1 correct score

Week 8: 5/9 results and 1 correct score

Week 9: 5/9 results and 2 correct scores

Week 10: 4/8 results and 2 correct scores

Week 11: 5/9 results and 1 correct score

Week 12: 4/9 results

Week 13: 6/9 results and 1 correct score

Week 14: 2/9 results

Week 15: 5/9 results

Week 16: 3/9 results

Week 17: 3/9 results

Week 18: 2/8 results

Week 19: 5/9 results and 2 correct scores

Week 20: 7/9 results and 1 correct score

Week 21: 7/9 results and 1 correct score

Week 22: 4/9 results and 1 correct score

Week 23: 5/9 results and 1 correct score

Week 24: 3/9 results and 1 correct score

Week 25: 6/9 results and 3 correct scores

Week 26: 5/9 results and 1 correct score

Week 27: 5/9 results and 1 correct score

Michael Statham (807 Posts)

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