On Sunday at half past two the time has come: De Klassieker. In the Johan Cruijff ArenA the number two in the ranking receives Ajax, the number three Feyenoord. A loaded duel full of history and experience. After the 1-0 Champions League victory over Benfica, Ajax is considered a big favorite. The team is full of confidence and is ready to send Feyenoord back to Rotterdam with a defeat.
Ajax easily scores this season with 25 goals from nine matches. In addition, the back of the affairs well in order. With only four goals against, three against PSV, the defense proves its worth. It is difficult to score against strong, fast and technical defenders such as Matthijs de Ligt, Maximilian Wöber and Daley Blind. With Andre Onana, Ajax also has one of the best keepers of the competition. Feyenoord, Eric Botteghin and Jan-Arie van der Heijden, contrast this with a different type of center. A duo that is less fast and technical than the Amsterdam colleagues. In addition, the two Feyenoorders with the ball at the foot are much less and therefore lacks depth in their play. There is a lot to be gained in Rotterdam defense for the fast, agile Ajax players.
Dribbles and threat
Ajax is the team that by far the most dribbling of all Eredivisie clubs (174). Of these, 88 were successful (57%). Feyenoord was less active (128) but has a better average with 76 successful campaigns (59%). Hakim Ziyech makes the difference with the Amsterdam team. He leads the individual rankings with 59 dribbles, thus creating a lot of threat. The first Feyenoorder on the list is Sam Larsson who is in 25th place with 22 actions. In addition to Ziyech, Ajax also has David Neres, Dusan Tadic and Frenkie de Jong; all players with an individual action have the ability to pass an opponent. This guarantees danger against static defenders such as Botteghin and Van der Heijden.
Van Persie and Berghuis
At Feyenoord they hope for inspiration from the duo Robin van Persie and Steven Berghuis. Orange's all-time top scorer is in excellent shape with six goals in nine matches. The balance sheet of Van Persie does not, however, benefit Rotterdam. The attacker played against Ajax five times, lost three meetings and played a draw twice. With Feyenoord, Berghuis played four times against the team from Amsterdam and does not do better with three losses and one draw. The chance of a Rotterdam stunt is therefore zero and a win from Ajax seems inevitable.
Ajax wins 3-1: 10.50
Ajax scores in both halves: 1.92
Ajax wins both the 1st and 2nd half: 2.06
Ajax wins 3-1: 9.36
Ajax scores in both halves: 1.91
Ajax wins both the 1st and 2nd half: 1.95
Ajax wins 3-1: 9.75
Ajax scores in both halves: 1.90
Ajax wins both the 1st and 2nd half: 2.00