League-leader PSV travels to the Johan Cruijff ArenA with a five-point lead on Sunday and can virtually decide the Eredivisie there with a win. Host and closest attacker Ajax is ready to breathe new life into the title race by beating PSV. Ajax is ready for the fight.
Ajax is showing its best side in the ArenA this season; only Madrid was lost in the Champions League (1-2). Ajax won nine home duels in the competition and played two games a draw. The balance speaks for itself, the team achieves an average of 2.69 points in their own stadium, while on average only 2.08 points are achieved outside the home. The goal balance of 53 goals at home compared to 35 goals in away matches is also significant. The team of Erik ten Hag wants to immediately overwhelm PSV by separating the leader with fast field play. The individual class of Ajax players are decisive in this.
The team from Amsterdam has proven in the Champions League to put the best football on the mat against top teams. The role of Dusan Tadic in particular is of vital importance in this. The Serbian works like a horse, maintains an overview and scores on the assembly line. Throughout the season, Tadic played 43 games in which he scored 29 times and delivered 16 assists. An unprecedented number for the left winger, who regularly acts as a false striker. With that he is second on the top scorers list, behind Luuk de Jong (21 goals). The 30-year-old player seems to be the missing link between the young talents that Ajax is rich in and proves to be an asset both on and off the pitch. Tadic is well worth his transfer fee of 11.4 million euros.
PSV has a difficult period after the winter break. In February, the team tied three times in a row, won twice against low flyers and the last game against VVV Venlo ended in a tight 0-1 win. Sloppiness has crept into the team and automatism seems to be missing. The Eindhoven audience is starting to murmur more and is critical of their own players. In the ArenA, Mark van Bommel's team will lurk on the counter with fast men like Steven Bergwijn, Hirving Lozano and super sub Donyell Malen. This is probably not enough against an aggravated Ajax that has to win to breathe new life into the title race. Spectacle guaranteed.
Ajax wins 2-1: 7.00
Ajax wins and both teams score: 2.85
Tadic goal: 2.25
Ajax wins 2-1: 8.75
Ajax wins and both teams score: 2.65
Ajax stands alone for: 1.42
Ajax wins 2-1: 7/1
Ajax wins and both teams score: 9/5
Tadic goal: 13/10