Ajax Amsterdam vs FC Utrecht
Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
21.05.23 at 15:30
FC Utrecht make the trip to Johan Cruijff ArenA to lock horns with Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam in the 33rd round of the Eredivisie.
Will FC Utrecht be able to extend their winning streak to three games by claiming a shock victory against Johnny Heitinga's men on the road?
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Ajax Amsterdam were set to play FC Groningen in the 32nd round of the Eredivisie at the Euroborg, but unfortunately for them, that game was suspended due to aggravated Groningen fans due to their side's relegation to the second tier after enjoying a run of two decades in the top flight. However, their match was later moved to a weekday, where they claimed a 3:2 victory on a Tuesday afternoon.
Prior to that, they had the perfect opportunity presented to them to secure all three points at home against high-flying AZ Alkmaar, but they fell short in that game as all they could account for their valiant efforts was a point after playing out a goalless draw.
In their last five matches, they have only lost one match against PSV Eindhoven on the road (3:0), but their form has been consistent as they have picked up 10 points from three wins and a draw, and Johnny Heitinga will be hoping that his side continues with the same form as they look to conclude their season on a high note.
They presently occupy third place with 66 points, and a second-place finish is no longer an endeavor they'll be pursuing with only two games left to spare, making consolidating their Europa League play-off spot the only available option for them as they seek to extend the point gap between them and fourth-place AZ Alkmaar to five points.
Probable Starting XI
Rulli; Rensch, Timber, Alvarez, Hato; Klaassen, Taylor; Kudus, Bergwijn, Tadic; Brobbery
Going into this game, FC Utrecht had some difficulties at home against RKC Waalwijk in what was a close-knit encounter, but despite all that, they still managed to come out on top with a hard-fought 2:0 victory thanks to goals from Anastasios Douvikas and Zakaria Labyad.
Prior to that, they gatecrashed Cambuur Stadion in search of a resounding result, which they eventually got at the conclusion of the game as they lived up to the billing of favorites to eke out a 3:0 victory against Cambuur.
Away from home, they have only lost one of their last five matches, which came against Eredivisie champions Feyenoord, losing 3:1. Three wins and a draw in the process have typified nothing but consistency, and they'll fancy their chances of recording their second victory in their last match of the season on the road.
They presently occupy 7th place with 51 points, while they've maintained a nine-point lead over Heerenveen in 8th place and are three points adrift of a 6th place finish.
Probable Starting XI
Barkas; Klaiber, Van der Hoorn, Viergever, Maarel; Toornstra, Bozdogan; Boussaid, Van de Streek, Ramselaar; Douvikas
- Ajax Amsterdam are unbeaten in their last three home matches in the Eredivisie.
- FC Utrecht were once on a four-match winless run in the Eredivisie when playing away.
- Ajax Amsterdam averages 2.75 goals per game when playing at home, and FC Utrecht averages 2.13 goals per game when playing away.
In the last 64 meetings, Ajax Amsterdam have won 34 times, FC Utrecht have won 18 times, and there have been 12 draws, with the goal difference being 122-71 in favor of Ajax Amsterdam.
Expert Betting Tips
Ajax Amsterdam are fighting for a more appealing position in the standings, which at the conclusion of the season could turn out to be a third-place finish as their chances of finishing second seem unlikely, and with resilient AZ Alkmaar breathing down their necks, there'll be no room for error with only two games left to spare if they are to avoid being ousted from the top three.
Both sides have not displayed a solid defense, not that it has been cause for concern, and it'll be unrealistic to expect either side to walk away with a clean sheet. As such, we do anticipate both sides getting on the scoreboard in what could turn out to be a highly entertaining affair.
- Both Teams To Score - Yes for 1.70
- Handicap 1 (-1) for 1.65
- Goals - Over 3.5 for 1.89