FC Groningen vs FC Twente – FC Twente to win or draw @ 1.8
Groningen started off their Eridivise season with a far from spectacular 1-0 win over a very poor FC Emmen side. The extent to which this game was evenly matched will be a big worry for Groningen and their supporters, with Emmen one of the most heavily tipped sides to drop down to the EErste Divisie. They were lucky to come away with a win and FC Twente will be a step up in competition, I think they could really struggle.
Twente stormed to the Eerste Divisie title last season and got off to an incredible start with a draw against PSV. Twente lead for 70 minutes having gone ahead just eight minutes in to their top flight return, I mentioned in my outright predictions that I thought they’d go well this season and they looked very well regimented in game week one. I like their chances of picking up more points here, at a generous price.
Willem II vs Vitesse Arnhem – Over 2.5 goals @ 1.65
Both these sides will be very happy with their efforts in the season’s curtain raiser. Vitesse drew 2-2 with Champions Ajax and could very easily have won the game, they yet again showed how competitive they can be with the league’s top sides. Something they were notorious for last season.
Willem II came from behind to secure a 3-1 win over PEC Zwolle. They were dominant throughout and went behind against the run of play, they were resolute and hard working and showed some real creativity going forward. These two averaged 3.82 and 3.56 goals per game respectively last season and have got off to a flier in maintaining that average. 1.65 is a very high price for this selection, expect to see this closer to 1.3 when the sides meet later in the campaign.
Ajax vs FC Emmen – Ajax -2 handicap @ 1.62
All things considered, a draw at Vitesse wasn’t a bad start for the defending champions. Especially given the fact that PSV and Feyenoord both failed to win. Vitesse boasted an incredible home record last season and that cannot be overlooked. I expect Ajax to come out and make a real statement against a very poor Emmen side.
Emmen were beaten 1-0 by Groningen last week, as mentioned before. I said that the game was close, which it was but that’s more of an insult to Groningen than it is a compliment to Emmen. Emmen shipped 72 goals last season, Ajax scored 70 at home – this is only going one way. Ajax won both these encounters 5-0 and 5-2 last season, Emmen will really struggle to get close on their trip to Amsterdam.
Heerenveen vs Feyenoord – Both teams to score @ 1.5
Feyenoord will be far from happy with their 2-2 draw with Sparta Rotterdam last week. Newly promoted Sparta could’ve easily won the game in all honesty and gave a fantastic account of themselves. Feyenoord were good enough going forward but were poor defensively and with Heerenveen smashing four goals past Heracles away from home I can see them taking advantage of some of Feyenoord’s defensive frailties.
Heerenveen managed a clean sheet last week but I don’t see them repeating the feat here against an attack as strong as Feyenoord’s.
RKC Waalwijk vs AZ Alkmaar – AZ Alkmaar -1 handicap @ 1.62
Waalwijk are this seasons stonewall favourites to be relegated, but they impressed early on last week as they took the lead away at VVV Venlo. However, the difference in quality shone through as Venlo walked in three second half goals to secure a comfortable victory. The beginning of a long season for RKC fans.
I tipped AZ -2 last week at odds of 2.6 and they cruised to a 4-0 victory. They’ll be fool of confidence as they face off against a much weaker side. Regardless of what we’ve seen happen elsewhere with Sparta and Twente, I really can’t see RKC making much out of this game. AZ should be relatively comfortable and the odds for a -1 handicap look excellent given their recent performances.