Ajax v Cambuur
I would suggest Ajax have yet to be truly challenged in the Eredivisie so far this season. On a positive note for them, that allows new players to settle in and get minutes ready for the Champions League.
As I write, transfer muddles continue with the Amsterdam club, with several incomings and outgoings at this late stage. Players have missed training as they protest a move out of the club, which is unacceptable as Alfred Schreuder tries to prove himself as the replacement for the strict Erik Ten Hag.
Cambuur have deserved more than their four points from four games, but this is a step too high for them to challenge in Amsterdam. They don’t have the quality nor the grit to hold out even if they did take the lead. The Frisian club have looked a decent mid-table side so far though, better than what I had originally expected.
Last time out they somehow failed to score against AZ (0-1). Last season they were extremely leaky, and not much has changed about their back four, and their goalkeeper Joao Virginia made a poor mistake that gave the goal away. Their open style will allow Ajax to carve them open constantly.
FC Twente v PSV
After being knocked out of Europe early and losing to Volendam in frustrating fashion, Twente responded with a fine 4-0 win over Excelsior in mid-week. Their attacking players performed well.
PSV have had a relatively straight forward start to the Eredivisie campaign – winning 7-1 on Wednesday to make it four wins from four and 22 goals scored already. Twente are a much tougher test than what they have faced, no doubt about it. Xavi Simons replaced Luuk de Jong for the last match. Striker isn’t Simons’ natural position, but his technical ability is so strong that he is a confident and neat player to have in the penalty area; his six goals from four Eredivisie matches is a great return.
Cody Gakpo announcing that he is staying with PSV is excellent news. I had a feeling he would remain until at least January, meaning he can impress Louis van Gaal ahead of the World Cup. Like Simons, Gakpo has six goals so far – both are current Eredivisie top goal-scorers.
This match should promise us some goals. PSV have only won once in their last six attempts in Enschede, and last season’s two Eredivisie fixtures combined gave us 13 goals!
Sparta Rotterdam v FC Volendam
Norwegian striker Tobias Lauritsen scored his first goal for Sparta last weekend; he looked dangerous throughout the game with his height and presence up top giving the defence plenty to think about.
Volendam shouldn’t be too downhearted about their 7-1 defeat to PSV on Wednesday. They still have lots to learn at this top level, almost all of the goals were from unfortunate deflections or individual mistakes, and I don’t think Brian Plat will be selected after a disappointing showing from the defender.
Sparta have looked good in these early stages of the season though, and I think they will be delighted with another three points. They created lots of good chances in their last match, but they are generally not an expansive side. I see this being a low-scoring game, with Sparta doing most of the controlling, and Volendam wanting to tighten up after their humiliation in mid-week.
Go Ahead Eagles v Feyenoord
I would be really concerned if I were an Eagles supporter. This season looks set to be a difficult one. It is early days, but I predict René Hake will continue to struggle, and even if he does eventually lose his job, I don’t think the playing squad is strong enough to compete at this level. After losing to AZ and PSV, Go Ahead took no points from Groningen or Sparta, and they have failed to score in three matches out of four.
Feyenoord on the other hand look bright and lively. I fully expect them to take maximum points here. They have signed an incredible number of players this summer. How exciting, with their European campaign set to kick off, that they are able to balance the league and European commitments.
Go Ahead are always brighter at home, but I have seen enough to be convinced that Slot will make the right team selection that wins Feyenoord these three points.
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