After placement for the main phase of the Champions League, Ajax is waiting for a new job. On Sunday at 2:30 pm the capital city guests will be guests at Vitesse in Arnhem. A difficult duel for Ajax, but in the current form the three points are up for grabs.
Calm and accuracy
Ajax had an average of 66% possession of the ball over the first three games of the new season, most of all teams. Calm and accuracy are essential in possession of the ball. Players like Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind and Frenkie de Jong have peace of mind in their game and ensure a well-cared-for build-up from the back.
The figures show this well. With 86% accuracy in the fit, the team plays mature and dominant. Blind and De Ligt in particular score very high with 93% accuracy, nobody does better. With the also ball-solid De Jong in the ranks, it is difficult for an opponent to play football and Ajax can make the game.
Ajax asserted itself in the first matches. Of all the Eredivisie teams, it made the most goal attempts (48) and was allowed to take as many as 30 corners. Important players in the attack of Ajax are summer purchase Dusan Tadic and the much-discussed Hakim Ziyech. Ziyech seemed to leave Amsterdammers, but both parties are now pushing for a longer stay. In the meantime, the Moroccan international has let its feet speak. The attacking midfielder plays a key role in the team of coach Ten Hag. In the three league matches, he fired no fewer than eleven shots, six of which ended up between the posts and one yielded a goal. His Serbian buddy at the forefront, Tadic, also shows with eight goal attempts and two goals that attacks are in his blood.
Last season Ajax lost both competition matches to Vitesse, so the team from Amsterdam will be keen to win the win. The team from Arnhem won one game this season and played a draw twice. They do not yet convince. The forefront consists of Roy Beerens, Bryan Linssen and Tim Matavz, not top players but attackers who can make a goal from nothing. In addition, the team of the Russian trainer Leonid Sloetski looks like a team under construction. For Ajax it is important to stay with the lesson and concentrate on playing football. If the 33-time national champion is also based on own strength, the three points will go to Amsterdam.
Gambling on Ajax – Vitesse
Ajax wins with 0-2: 7.75
Ajax scores in both halves: 2.24
Only Ajax scores: 2.85
Ajax wins with 0-2: 9.50
Ajax scores in both halves: 2.30
Tadic scores: 2.55
Ajax wins with 0-2: 9.75
Ajax scores in both halves: 2.25
Ajax wins without a counter goal: 3.10