A shock 2-1 loss against AZ Alkmaar on Eredivisie matchday 16 has Ajax in second place. The defeat allowed PSV Eindhoven to leapfrog Ajax in the Eredivisie standings as the Lightbulbs came from a goal down to defeat NEC Nijmegen 2-1. The Eredivisie title race is very close and is set up for an exciting second half of the season.
Feyenoord vs Ajax Match Preview
Feyenoord are in the mix for the Eredivisie title. The Pride of the South are in third place after 16 matches with 36 points from 48 possible. Feyenoord and Ajax are level on points going into matchday 17. If Feyenoord win against Ajax, they will remain in the conversation for the Eredivisie championship. A loss to Ajax could eliminate Arne Slot’s team from the title race, however.
Ajax are on a four-match winning streak against Feyenoord going into Sunday’s derby at De Kuip. Ajax have won on their last two trips to De Kuip and are unbeaten in five of the last six matches at De Kuip. Feyenoord are unbeaten in 14 straight matches in all competitions.
The Pride of the South are in great form and coming off of a midweek 1-1 draw with FC Twente in the KNVB Cup. Erik Ten Hag’s team rebounded from their loss to AZ Alkmaar with a KNVB Cup win against Barendrecht 4-0.
Feyenoord vs Ajax Betting Odds
Slot’s Feyenoord are in great form ahead of matchday 17. The team recorded 14 points from the last 18 points available to them. Feyenoord conceded a mere two goals to their last six opponents while scoring 13 goals.
Feyenoord have the Eredivisie’s best home points total this season with 22 taken from 24 points possible. They are one of two Eredivisie teams not to lose at home this season. Feyenoord have outscored opponents at home this season 24-7. Bookies’ best betting odds for a Feyenoord win at full-time are at 16/5.
Ajax have hit a dip in domestic form. The Amsterdam club took 11 points from their last 18 points available. Ten Hag’s team only conceded twice during that time span while scoring 12 goals. Prior to last weekend’s loss to AZ Alkmaar, Ajax had lost three straight Eredivisie matches.
Ajax have taken 17 points from 21 points possible on the road this term. Bookies’ best betting odds on an Ajax win at full-time are at 4/5. Just three of the last 15 matches between these clubs finished as a draw. Bookies’ best betting odds on a Feyenoord-Ajax draw at full-time are at 16/5.
Feyenoord vs Ajax Team News
Ten Hag has four players on the Ajax injury list heading into De Klassieker. Midfielder Noussair Mazraoui is likely to miss the game due to a knock. Mohammed Kudus is nearing a return from a broken rib and could return to the team for the match.
Goalkeeper Marten Stekelenburg is ruled out of the season with a hip injury. Although goalkeeper Andre Onana returned from a year-long suspension in November, he has not been first-choice goalkeeper in Ajax’s Eredivisie games.
Slot goes into the match in a very fortunate place in terms of injuries. Defender Denzel Hall is suffering from an injury and is a doubt as it stands. Hall could be passed fit for Sunday’s De Klassieker, however. Feyenoord are led in goals by Bryan Linssen. He has 10 goals in 16 Eredivisie appearances. Guus Til has added nine goals to the Feyenoord cause.
Linssen is the Eredivisie’s joint-top goalscorer along with Ajax’s Sebastien Haller. Linssen has tallied 26% of Feyenoord’s goals this term. Haller has bagged 20% of Ajax’s goals.
Feyenoord vs Ajax H2H
Feyenoord have a poor head-to-head record against Ajax ahead of Sunday’s De Klassieker. Ajax have posted a record of 14W-4D-2L across the last 20 matches in all competitions versus Feyenoord. The Amsterdam club have been excellent against their archrivals. A win for Ajax could eliminate Feyenoord from the title picture.
Ajax may be joint second going into matchday 17, but by all means they are still the best team in the Eredivisie.
League leaders PSV Eindhoven play at Waalwijk on Sunday afternoon after De Klassieker. Roger Schmidt’s team is unlikely to have pressure on their shoulders, but could kick off outside of first place.
Feyenoord vs Ajax Prediction
Both teams to score @ 27/50 - BET NOW
Ajax have conceded a ridiculously low four goals in the Eredivisie in 16 matches. Their defence has been phenomenal this season, but this is De Klassieker and Feyenoord are on a run of 14-matches unbeaten in all competitions. Feyenoord’s last three games in all competitions ended with both teams scoring goals. Ajax are coming off of a 2-1 loss to AZ Alkmaar in the league. Our betting tips prediction is for both teams to score goals.
Over 2.5 goals @ 8/15 - BET NOW
Sunday’s Dutch derby is a match-up of two of the Eredivisie’s three highest-scoring teams. Ajax have tallied 49 goals while Feyenoord have bagged 39. Based on the number of goals both teams have scored, our betting tips prediction is for over 2.5 goals. Eight of the last 11 derbies between Feyenoord and Ajax finished with over 2.5 goals scored.
Bryan Linssen to score anytime @ 3/1 - BET NOW
Thirty-one-year-old Bryan Linssen is co-leading scorer in the Eredivisie with 10 goals. The Feyenoord striker will lead the line against Ajax and be task with scoring goals. Linssen has two goals and two assists in his last two Eredivisie matches. He has scored three goals in 17 previous matches against Ajax. Our betting tips prediction is for Linssen to get on the scoresheet on Sunday and give Feyenoord a fighting chance in De Klassieker
Ajax’s record against Feyenoord is brilliant. Just twice have Ajax lost in their last 20 matches against their biggest rivals. Our betting tips prediction cannot see past an Ajax win. The Amsterdam club is just too strong and should claim a victory. The win will send Ajax back to the top of the table for a few hours at the very least.