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Ajax vs NEC prediction, odds and free betting tips (14/08/2021)

Dutch champions Ajax start their Eredivisie title defence against NEC in Amsterdam on Saturday. Read our free predictions and find the best odds for the fixture below in our match preview.

Ajax vs NEC – Free Betting Tips & Predictions

Eredivisie champions Ajax are favourites to make a winning start to their title defence when NEC visit Amsterdam this weekend. Read our top three expert predictions for Saturday’s fixture below.

The odds presented here are always subject to change. Remember to check with the bookmaker before placing the bet. These odds are provided by Betfred, our recommended bookmaker for the big game.

Over 3.5 Goals

Ajax were the dominant force in the Eredivisie last season again where they rattled home an eye-watering 102 goals in 34 fixtures on their way to comfortably claiming the title. The Amsterdam giants kept hold of their first-choice attackers in the summer, so expect them to score buckets of goals again in 2021/22. They should start their title defence with a comprehensive win over newly-promoted NEC and we’re tipping over 3.5 goals to be scored as a result – a bet that landed in five of Ajax’s last seven Eredivisie home games.

Ajax to Score in Both Halves

Ajax’s defence-shredding power in the final third also makes them a great bet to find the net in both halves against NEC this weekend. Ajax scored in both halves in 11 of their 17 Eredivisie home assignments and in nine separate away tests last term, and they have the quality up front to repeat that trick on Saturday.

Sebastien Haller to Score Anytime

Sebastien Haller struggled to make the grade in the Premier League with West Ham, though the French striker rediscovered his killer touch following a switch to the Netherlands in January. The 27-year-old scored 11 times in 19 Eredivisie appearances at the back end of the 2020/21 campaign and we’re tipping the Frenchman to start his first full season with Ajax with another goal against NEC.

Ajax vs NEC: Match Preview

Ajax

Dutch champions Ajax were far too good for their domestic opponents last term and they are expected to tighten their stranglehold on the Eredivisie this season. The capture of influential midfielder Steven Berghuis from rivals Feyenoord in the summer was a statement of intent, though tying highly-rated manager Erik ten Hag to a new contract could be their most important signing.

NEC

NEC finished in a modest seventh position in the Dutch second-tier last season before sealing promotion through the playoffs, though the bookmakers have tipped Rogier Meijer’s side to have a short stay in the Eredivisie. NEC should have ex-Ajax midfielder Lasse Schone in their XI this weekend after the 35-year-old veteran moved to the club from Heerenveen in the summer.

Top Betting Odds and Stats for Ajax vs NEC

Here are the top stats for the game along with a tool to help you pick the best odds.

Netherlands Eredivisie
Ajax
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NEC
August 14, 2021
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Ajax vs NEC

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14/08/21
NE
Ajax
Ajax
5 - 0
NEC
NEC
08/04/17
NE
NEC
NEC
1 - 5
Ajax
Ajax
20/11/16
NE
Ajax
Ajax
5 - 0
NEC
NEC
13/03/16
NE
Ajax
Ajax
2 - 2
NEC
NEC
23/08/15
NE
NEC
NEC
0 - 2
Ajax
Ajax

Ajax

Last 5

15/09/21
UCL
Sporting
Sporting
1 - 5
Ajax
Ajax
11/09/21
NE
PEC Zwolle
PEC Zwolle
0 - 2
Ajax
Ajax
29/08/21
NE
Ajax
Ajax
5 - 0
Vitesse
Vitesse
22/08/21
NE
FC Twente
FC Twente
1 - 1
Ajax
Ajax
07/08/21
HSC
Ajax
Ajax
0 - 4
PSV
PSV

NEC

Last 5

12/09/21
NE
NEC
NEC
0 - 0
Willem II
Willem II
29/08/21
NE
Heracles
Heracles
0 - 1
NEC
NEC
20/08/21
NE
NEC
NEC
2 - 0
PEC Zwolle
PEC Zwolle
30/07/21
EF
NEC
NEC
2 - 0
OFI Crete
OFI Crete
24/07/21
EF
Heracles
Heracles
0 - 1
NEC
NEC

Ajax vs NEC Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions

What stadium will the match be played at?

Saturday’s fixture will be played at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam.

When does this fixture kick off?

The match will kick off at 21:00 CET (GMT +1) on August 14.

Who won the last meeting between these clubs?

Ajax beat NEC 5-1 when the teams last met back in April 2017.