Jong Ajax v NAC Breda
NAC Breda surprised again on Friday and remains a firm contender for the play-offs. They dominated the first half against De Graafschap and only conceded the equaliser in the last five minutes of the game. Despite the lack of proper investment, they seem to have a balanced side without anyone who really stands out, just a team that proves to be difficult to beat.
Jong Ajax won’t have any of the fringe players from the first team during this game, as all those players travel to Liverpool for the important Champions League match on Tuesday. That means that Lorenzo Lucca and Francisco Conceicao, key players in the match against Heracles Almelo last week, won’t be playing. On Friday, against TOP Oss, it became clear once again that Jong Ajax with or without those fringe first team players is a completely different story. Without those guys they struggled to unravel the TOP defence and finished with a draw.
They were the better side for most of that game, but with NAC Breda they’ll face a team that are acting at a much higher level than TOP Oss, so I suspect they will struggle again and think that the away side should get a result at Sportpark de Toekomst.
Almere City v FC Eindhoven
FC Eindhoven are on a great run and showed that once again with a crushing victory over MVV Maastricht last weekend. MVV were pretty poor and sometimes handed the goals to the away side, but the constant pressure from Eindhoven was still pretty impressive. With Feyenoord loanee Naoufal Bannis, Eindhoven have a striker with confidence and good form in their side and the same goes for playmaker Ozan Kokcu. The two replaced the goals and creativity of captain Joey Sleegers almost flawlessly, and nobody seems to miss the former captain anymore.
Almere City on the other hand were pretty shocking, once again, against Telstar at the weekend. They barely created anything and were lucky to keep the 0-0 for so long, as Telstar had the upper hand almost the entire game. The defeats against weak teams like Telstar and Helmond Sport have been worrying and it looks like manager Alex Pastoor is under high pressure.
Eindhoven is the first consistent top half of the table side they face this season and a result is necessary, otherwise we might see the first manager casualty in the Eerste Divisie. There is, however, no reason to think Almere are going to turn this around either, because in those two last matches the attitude was appalling. So I suspect Eindhoven will take another three points here.
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