Ajax v PEC Zwolle – Amsterdam ArenA at 18:45 live on Sky Sports Mix
This is my first Eredivisie Asian Handicap Betting Preview, no pressure then to do well. For my debut in the Dutch league I will be looking at Ajax taking on PEC Zwolle at the Amsterdam ArenA on Saturday evening.
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Your hosts in this game are already five points off the pace in the Eredivisie, but this is just a blip in their form as they remain unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions. Peter Bosz’s last fixture ending in a 5-0 victory at home to Willem II in the KNVB Beker; five different goal scorers were on the score-sheet, which is always good for morale (as they say).
It’s a bounce back period for the Dutch side considering they lost on the opening day of the season to Willem II before crashing out of the Champions League a few days later to Rostov. Bosz will aim to keep the morale high as they chase down high-flying Feyenoord.
One positive from that mid-week cup tie was that Bosz was able to rest a number of key players for the weekend fixture, and has hope they can continue their impressive record at home. Losing only twice at the Amsterdam ArenA since the start of last season. Yet, there are always concerns and this lies with Tim Krul as the on-loan goalkeeper is suffering from an injury. While big money signing Hakim Ziyech has yet to leave a contribution since signing from FC Twente, but there wouldn’t be a better time to produce than against PEC Zwolle.
Honestly. I think PEC Zwolle could think of a better place to be on Saturday night than the Amsterdam ArenA. Heading into this match sitting bottom of the Eredivisie on two points, Ron Jans’ team have not won a game yet this season.However, confidence will be boosted a tad after their mid-week 4-1 cup win against DVS ’33; Nicolai Brock-Madsen grabbing a brace away from home on Wednesday.
Away from home, the Bluefingers have only won two of their last 15 on the road, and in their last five matches they have scored six and conceded 14. Not a great record from looks to be a leaky defence, especially when they finished eighth in the Eredivisie last season.
Injuries have played their part too. Five players are sidelined at the moment, while defensive midfielder Rick Dekker is out for the season with a long-term ligament rupture.
Something needs to give for the visitors considering they have only scored two goals so far this season, you would think the pressure is really piling up on manager Jans, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they shut-up shop and aimed for a point in Amsterdam.
You’d be foolish to back PEC Zwolle, right? I mean, looking at their form it doesn’t look like the Amsterdam ArenA is a breeding ground for points. The last time they played at Ajax, Jans’ side lost 3-0. In fact, PEC Zwolle has never won in Amsterdam. Furthermore, I’ll be looking at Davy Klaassen to once again step up having scored five goals in six matches for the home side, and will be looking at both sides to sit with their common formation – Ajax using a 4-3-3, while PEC Zwolle should settle for a 4-2-3-1. So as long as Ajax keep new signing Anass Achahbar quiet and keep up the pressure, I’ll be backing Ajax at -1.75.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Ajax -1.75 @ 1.94 with Unibet
Prices correct at time of writing.