Eredivisie Betting: Back Zwolle to continue their hoodoo over De Boer's Ajax
This Sunday provides an exciting Eredivisie triple-header on Sky Sports 5 with all three of the big guns in action and Will Burns has picked out his selections to look out for...
"Could the Zwolle hoodoo continue for Ajax? Well I see the draw being the more likely outcome and at [5.4] on the exchange, it's too good of a price to ignore."
PSV v Excelsior
Live on Sky Sports 5
Table topping PSV Eindhoven host Eredivisie newcomers Excelsior in Sunday's opening game and look for the favourites to take the win comfortably. Last weekend saw PSV fall to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to high-flying Heerenveen but despite their second loss of the season, Phillip Cocu's men still sit in first place, however only on goal difference from Ajax and PEC Zwolle, who clash in our later game.
Their opponents from Rotterdam sit in a safe 11th place collecting a respectable nine points from the first seven games but should find life hard inside the Philips Stadion come Sunday morning, after just one victory in their last five outings.
Cocu will still be without Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong to injuries but will look to bounce back from a narrow 1-0 late defeat in Moscow against Dinamo on Thursday evening with a victory here. PSV to win and keep a clean sheet should be available to back at around [2.0] on the exchange and although Excelsior have scored in each of their last four games, I can see Karim Rekik, Jeffrey Bruma and company holding strong to keep the Eindhoven side top of the pile.
Back PSV Win to Nil @ [2.0] or better
Feyenoord v FC Groningen
Live on Sky Sports 5
The under-pressure Fred Rutten saw his Feyenoord side display a much improved performance last Sunday emphatically defeating Go Ahead Eagles by four goals away from home, with new signings Jens Toornstra and Colin Kazim-Richards scoring but Elvis Manu was the real star of the show.
Manu could be proclaimed the 'King of Rotterdam' soon enough if he continues demonstrate the talents of last Saturday, in which he supplied three assists in the 4-0 triumph. The young winger spent last year on loan at Cambuur and has found chances in Rotterdam very sparse, however he must be in Rutten's mind for a starting place against Groningen.
After only scoring three goals in their last five matches, Edwin van de Looi's men have also failed to net in their last three Eredivisie away outings and the Rotterdammers will look to build on last week's great result to win with a clean sheet at odds of around [2.4]. If they can clinch the win, amazingly it will be Feyenoord's first league win in front of their own supporters since late April.
Back Feyenoord Win to Nil @ [2.4] or better
Ajax v PEC Zwolle
Live on Sky Sports 5
The history between these two has not been kind to Ajax coach Frank de Boer.
Last April, Zwolle handed the Amsterdammers a 5-1 thumping in the KNVB Beker (Dutch FA Cup) final to clinch their first ever major trophy in Dutch football. In August, they met again for the Johan Cruyff Schaal (Dutch Super Cup) and Ajax headed into the match with some revenge to enact but failed in front of their own fans as Ron Jans' men left the Amsterdam Arena, 1-0 winners with another prize to place in their display cabinet.
After a rocky start to the season, which saw consecutive defeats to PSV and FC Groningen, Ajax have rebounded to win three league games in a row including a resounding 5-2 hammering of NAC Breda last time out. Icelandic striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson banged in a hat-trick last Saturday with Davy Klaassen laying on three assists after both players themselves suffered a stuttering start to the campaign.
Zwolle are riding high on joint points with De Boer's men and PSV at the top of the league and although they travel to Amsterdam without former Ajax winger Jody Lukoki, they have enough quality to trouble Ajax like they have in past encounters. Could the Zwolle hoodoo continue for Ajax? Well I see the draw being the more likely outcome and at [5.4] on the exchange, it's too good of a price to ignore.
Back The Draw @ [5.4]