• Thursday, 9 September 2010

    Eredivisie round 5 previews

    VVV Venlo v Twente
    Ajax v Willem II
    PSV v NEC
    Heerenveen v Vitesse
    Excelsior v Heracles
    AZ v Roda JC
    NAC v Feyenoord
    ADO v De Graafschap
    Groningen v Utrecht

    Back from the international break, we're predicting wins for the top five. Ajax lead the way and they take on rock bottom Willem II this week. There's only one outcome there and it's a thumping home win. PSV are dead level with them and are also at home, NEC the visitors. The Nijmegeners are well capable of scoring goals, but PSV are simply better in every department. After a sluggish start, Twente are up and running and are still to concede this season. It's almost inconceivable that their defences will be breached by VVV Venlo on Saturday. Still no Jon-Dahl Tomasson for Feyenoord, but against NAC they ought to be OK without the veteran Dane. Groningen have started strongly and are proving to be hard to break down. A very physical side, they're up against Utrecht this week who are altogether younger and more callow. While Utrecht have plenty of ability, we reckon Groningen will kick them out of their stride.

    Excelsior have a home fixture where they've been pretty good so far this season. Heracles are the visitors this week and they've been disappointing so far. That probably won't change on the artificial turf. Like Heracles, AZ have been a bit rubbish, but a game against Roda JC should see them gain their first win of the season. Vitesse go north to Heerenveen - should be a home win - while ADO welcome De Graafschap. That's a lot harder to call. If De Graafschap are going to get away from the bottom places, then this is one they have to win, but ADO look the stronger side.

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