Preview of round seven in the Eredivisie by Leo Walker, with PSV Eindhoven hosting Ajax the pick of the weekend’s ties.

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boetius 9Friday evening at 7.00pm the Eredivisie action kick starts for the weekend when the two promoted sides go head to head. Go Ahead Eagles welcome SC Cambuur to Deventer with both sides having made promising starts to their returning season in the top tier, and this game promises to be an entertaining weekend opener between the two. Goal difference only separates the two sides as they both currently lie mid table on 8 points.

FC Twente travel to the home of Heracles Almelo to start the action on Saturday in the “Derby of Twente”, with the last three encounters of this fixture in Almelo resulting in low scoring draws. It was back in 2009 when FC Twente last left Almelo with all three points.  Two sides that currently lie in the bottom three will then take on each other when ADO Den Haag host bottom side NEC Nijmegen. The hosts have had a longer break than others due to last week’s postponement of their home fixture with Vitesse. An Eredivisie victory for NEC Nijmegen still eludes them this season but they came close in a thrilling 3-3 tie with Feyenoord last week. RKC Waalwijk dropped into the bottom three last week after suffering a 2-1 defeat away at FC Utrecht and a further difficult tie on their travels awaits them as they face FC Groningen at the Euroborg. Roda JC suffered a 5-1 defeat at home to NAC Breda in round six, whilst sc Heerenveen continue to impress this season following their victory in the ‘Derby of the North’ last week. Roda JC will have to improve greatly from last week to avoid a further home defeat as they see out Saturdays action.

The league leaders, PEC Zwolle, suffered defeat for the first time last week when succumbing to a 2-1 loss at the Amsterdam Arena. They will start the action on Sunday when they travel to the Gelredome, home of Vitesse Arnhem, in a successive difficult away tie. PEC Zwolle have visited the Gelredome on just five occasions in the Eredivisie and recorded one draw back in 1980, with the remaining games resulting in losses. Ron Jans side will be looking to put that record straight and ensure that they remain at the top of the table.

NAC Breda will be looking to build on their emphatic victory over Roda last week when they welcome AZ Alkmaar to the Rat Verlegh Stadion. Gertjan Verbeek travelled to Israel on Thursday and NAC Breda will be looking to take advantage of their visitor’s European travels. In recent years NAC have dominated this fixture as they are unbeaten in the last seven games with AZ Alkmaar last recording a victory back in 2009. Feyenoord are yet to win on the road this season; however they have recorded two victories at home in much improved performances. Therefore the Feyenoord faithful will be confident that they can record a third victory this season when they host FC Utrecht at the De Kuip, with new signing Otman Bakkal likely to make his return in a Feyenoord shirt.

The fixture that will see out round seven is the feature of the weekend, when Ajax travel to the home of PSV, albeit without an away fan support. The two Dutch greats go head to head in what promises to be a feisty encounter. Ajax recorded a title damaging 3-2 victory on PSV in this fixture last year however they are yet to record a win away from home this season. PSV will be looking to reclaim top spot after a series of draws.

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