Go Ahead Eagles vs Ajax – Betting Preview
Ajax return to Eredivisie action on Sunday knowing that they need to get back to winning ways against Go Ahead Eagles.
At a time when the visitors sit six points adrift of leaders Feyenoord, Go Ahead Eagles are in 11th position in the standings, eight points clear of the bottom three.
Go Ahead Eagles Preview
The goal for Go Ahead Eagles each season is to remain in the Dutch top flight, but they are now on track to finish higher than last year’s 13th place.
The club moved into 11th place, out of the relegation zone with less than a quarter of the season left after a last-second 2-1 victory at FC Utrecht before the international break.
When his team takes the field on Sunday, Rene Hake will feel that the majority of the difficult job has been finished, allowing them to play with less stress.
In the rematch, Go Ahead Eagles stunned their more prestigious opponents by rallying from behind to tie the game 1-1 at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
When Ajax held a 2-1 lead over Feyenoord at half time of their top-of-the-table clash before the international break, it appeared that the leading two sides would be level on points heading into the run-in.
Instead, the front-runners upset the defending champions by scoring immediately after the restart and then securing a thrilling victory with a goal four minutes from time.
Hence, Johnny Heitinga’s club must depend on Feyenoord losing at least two of their final eight games in order to win, as well as taking care of their own affairs.
But, because there are just two points separating Ajax from fourth-place AZ Alkmaar, qualifying for the Champions League the following season is far from a given. As such, Ajax cannot afford to concentrate only on what is above them.
A KNVB Beker semi-final showdown with Feyenoord lies in wait three days after this fixture, yet Ajax must focus fully on trying to keep themselves in the title race.
1×2 Betting Odds:
Ajax are the clear favorites going into this game and are expected to come away with all three points. However, Go Ahead Eagles will be looking to cause an upset and secure a much-needed victory to move up the table.
A look at the market will tell us Ajax are the clear favourites going into this game and are priced at around 1.38 to win. A draw is currently priced at around 5.70, while a surprise victory for Go Ahead Eagles is priced at around 8.41.
However, Go Ahead Eagles will be looking to cause an upset and secure a much-needed victory to move up the table.
Total Goals Over/Under 2.5:
Given Ajax’s impressive scoring record this season, it is likely that there will be goals in this game. The total goals over/under 2.5 market is currently priced at around 1.50 for over 2.5 goals and 2.50 for under 2.5 goals.
Ajax’s attacking prowess and Go Ahead Eagles’ struggles at the back suggest that there could be over 2.5 goals in this game.