De Graafschap v FC Dordrecht
We are only four rounds into this new Eerste Divisie season, but the pressure is already on at De Graafschap after a disastrous season start. The side from Doetinchem, who are expected to battle for the play-offs, lost the first three matches and the latest, away at Jong Ajax, was a bit of a shocker and ended in a 5-1 defeat. It has to be said that Jong Ajax was a bit stronger than usual, as they had some fringe players from the first team join them, but De Graafschap looks vulnerable.
The problem with De Graafschap has not been creating chances. They scored in every game and the 5-1 was not a fair reflection, as they should have had more goals. However, the side conceded nine goals already and that’s mostly why they are bottom of the table. FC Dordrecht claimed their first points last weekend with a 2-1 victory over Jong Utrecht. They are probably one of the weakest teams in the league at the moment and against Jong Utrecht, they were on the back foot from the moment they took the lead. Dordrecht haven’t conceded lots of goals yet, but based on their xG for goals conceded they should have conceded much more. With De Graafschap mostly leaning on the attack at the moment, I think there will be goals in this game.
Telstar v Helmond Sport
After three games, Helmond Sport are still pointless and are pretty much bottom of the table. That is a massive disappointment as the new club owners invested in a new squad and are aiming to make the play-offs this season. They have, however, been a bit unlucky so far. Against NAC Breda and Jong AZ they didn’t deserve to lose and even against FC Eindhoven, who might be a title candidate, they were in it with a shout. They will need to get points, otherwise manager Sven Swinnen could receive his marching orders pretty soon. What keeps him in his job for now is that the side are playing fairly well and they haven’t been outplayed on any occasion.
Telstar look pretty weak again. They did put up a proper fight against Willem II last week, but I suspect that says more about Willem II than Telstar at the moment. They lack the quality in pretty much every line to battle for the top half of the table. They are one of those clubs that is always there, but doesn’t have much to show for, few fans, no money and few interesting players and that seems no different this season. Helmond Sport will fancy their chances to get their first points in this match and I do so too, that’s why I’d put my money on a result for the visitors.
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