Ajax sit twenty-five points ahead of their guests this weekend, and under normal circumstances this game would be a home banker. However, the gap between Ajax and their arch rivals and league leaders PSV has been widened to ten points following the Amsterdam clubs last two results in the league, a draw at home to Den Haag and a defeat at Vitesse. Their title challenge may well feel be all but over as they head into Sunday’s game, and this is something that Heerenveen must take advantage of. The visitors have had a very inconsistent season and will be disappointed not to be in the mix for the European places. Their last away game did however produce a 2-2 draw at the home of the champions elect, PSV, which will give them confidence this weekend.
Ajax gave Heerenveen a footballing lesson when the pair locked horns for their reverse league fixture back in October. A first half brace from Brazilian David Neres thrust the visitors into a 2-0 lead at the break, and a Schöne penalty and a late strike from Wöber in the second half wrapped up a 4-0 away win. The game itself was fairly even with both sides seeing 50% of the overall possession, but in the final third Ajax were clinical and Heerenveen were simply wasteful.
Despite not winning either of their last two games, Ajax head into Sunday’s match as the form favourites after they picked up four wins, one draw, and one defeat from their last six games. Heerenveen have been inconsistent as per usual, earning two wins, two draws, and suffering two defeats during that same six match period. The visitors won 2-0 at home to Willem II last weekend, but the way they have played this season you’re never quite sure what you are going to get with Heerenveen, especially after they drew 2-2 at PSV in their last away game.
Huntelaar is the only Ajax player to have reached double figures in league goals this season, but the veteran Dutch striker is likely to miss Sunday’s game with a calf strain. Iranian striker Ghoochannejhad is now on six Eredivisie goals for the campaign and top scores for Heerenveen, and while that total seems low at this stage of the season, he approaches this match with four goals in his last seven appearances and will be a threat to the Ajax defence.
We’re backing Heerenveen with a double chance bet on Sunday, as we believe the visitors have a chance of taking something from this game due to Ajax’s results in their last two matches. While we wouldn’t be that shocked to see Heerenveen take all three points against Ajax this weekend, we’re backing the game to end in a 1-1 draw as the visitors don’t have a lot of goals in them and even without Huntelaar the hosts will be dangerous going forward.
Head To Head
Ajax have a very good record against Heerenveen, with 37 wins, 9 draws, and just 10 defeats.
Ajax vs Heerenveen Stats
- Ajax have drawn and lost their last two Eredivisie games.
- Heerenveen picked up a 2-2 draw in their last away game against the league leaders PSV.
- The visitors head into Sunday’s game on the back of a 2-0 win over Willem II.