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Eredivisie Match of the Week: Ajax vs. Feyenoord

Eredivisie Week Three: Ajax vs. Feyenoord

August 18th, 2013 17:30

This Sunday Ajax welcome a struggling Feyenoord to the Amsterdam ArenA in Der Klassieker and here’s hoping that the old adage holds true: ‘When these two clubs meet you can throw the form guide right out the window’. The Rotterdam based club have lost their first two matches of the 2013-2014 season by a combined total of 6 to 2. Whilst last season’s Eredivisie champions have won one and lost one.

Something that could help to equalize the sides are the injuries and suspensions that both sides suffered last weekend. Ajax have lost defender Ricardo van Rhijn to a red card suspension, as last week he was the last man back and interfered in a clear goal scoring opportunity.

They have also lost captain Siem de Jong to a collapsed lung that occurred sometime during the match against AZ. While the club cannot pinpoint when it occurred what we do know is after it was diagnosed de Jong went on to score a goal.

*An interesting side note from last weeks match, Ajax keeper Kenneth Vermeer was substituted at halftime due to “injury”. He looked tentative on crosses and had a poor first half in general. It must be pointed out though there has been no indication that he is anything but a lock for first choice keeper.

Feyenoord meanwhile lost first choice right back Daryl Janmaat and back-up Jordy van Deelen is suspended after being sent off last week against FC Twente. Also suspended after being sent off last weekend is captain and center back Stefan de Vrij.

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Key Facts

  • Ajax have won 8 of their last 9 home matches against Feyenoord across all competitions
  • Feyenoord have averaged only 4 shots on target in their 2 matches this season
  • Ajax have scored at least 2 goals in 11 of their last 12 matches in the domestic league

Key Battles

  • Feyenoord versus Ajax ariel duels: Feyenoord have averaged 20 crosses and 4 corners per match and have won 56% of their ariel duels. Ajax have only been successful in the air 45%. Oh, and both of Feyenoord’s goals? Set plays.

*Remember that “interesting side note” from earlier in the article?

    • The absence of Siem de Jong: After suffering a collapsed lung (and still scoring against AZ) Ajax’s captain could miss six weeks of action. Siem de Jong has scored 2 of 5 goals recorded by the Amsterdam club this season. Last year he was their leading goal scorer with 12 goals and another 8 assists.

Cynic Prediction

Despite Ajax’s loss of their captain and starting right back they have more than enough quality. Feyenoord, on paper at least, have plenty of quality as well but it just hasn’t been demonstrated yet. Unfortunately for their supporters they won’t demonstrate enough this match either.

Ajax 2-1 Feyenoord

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Michael is a cat enthusiast and a talented beard cultivator from middle America. To supplement the dull ache that comes with being a Newcastle United FC supporter he not-so-secretly roots for Celtic, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund. Besides football his other hobby is being the living embodiment of the Korean word Han. Follow Michael on twitter @NUFC_monkey

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