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NEC host leaders Ajax in Nijmegen on Saturday in the Dutch Eredivisie. Ajax can take a step closer to the title with a victory over NEC this weekend. Read our free predictions and find the latest odds for the fixture below in our detailed match preview.
NEC vs Ajax – Free Betting Tips & Predictions
Ajax have won each of their last five Eredivisie fixtures ahead of their latest test at NEC. Read our top three predictions for this weekend’s fixture below.
- Match Result and Both Teams to Score – Ajax and Yes @ 6/4 (2.5)
- Team Goals – Over 2.5 Ajax Team Goals @ 8/11 (1.73)
- Anytime Goalscorer – Dusan Tadic (no odds available yet)
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Ajax and Both Teams to Score
Ajax’s hopes of finishing the domestic campaign with a double were dashed with a KNVB Beker Final defeat to PSV on Sunday, where de Godenzonen’s recent defensive issues reared their ugly head again. Ajax have now kept just one clean sheet in their last ten matches in all competitions and that record suggests NEC can impact the scoresheet on Saturday. The league leaders have the Eredivisie title in their sights again following five straight wins however and an away victory and both teams to score combination appeals in the markets as a result.
Over 2.5 Ajax Team Goals
Even though Ajax’s defence has started to creak, their football further up the pitch continues to sparkle. Erik ten Hag’s side have notched at least three times in four of their last five Eredivisie assignments and Ajax smashed five goals past NEC when the teams last met in Amsterdam back in August. NEC meanwhile, have shipped at least three goals in three of their last six tests and their easily-breachable backline could be pulled apart by a high-calibre Ajax outfit again.
Dusan Tadic to Score Anytime
Serbian attacker Dusan Tadic helped himself to two of Ajax’s goals when they demolished NEC 5-0 in August last year and the veteran forward is in strong enough form currently to cut through the same defence in Saturday’s rematch. The 33-year-old has scored in each of his last five Eredivisie appearances and Tadic can make another match-defining impact in Nijmegen.
NEC vs Ajax Match Preview and Team News
Ilias Bronkhorst, Dirk Proper, Edgar Barreto and Pedro Ruiz could all be absent for NEC through injury on Saturday. Attacker Ali Akman was sent off in the club’s 2-0 reverse last time out and will miss Saturday’s game through suspension. Rogier Meijer has masterminded just two wins in ten games for NEC, who are heading for an uninspiring mid-table finish.
Ajax have a number of injury worries to contend with ahead of Saturday’s game. Zakaria Labyad, Noussair Mazraoui, Antony and Devyne Rensch are all expected to miss out, while Lisando Martinez and Remko Pasveer are both considered doubtful. Erik ten Hag’s departure to Manchester United is expected to be confirmed soon.
Top Betting Odds and Stats for NEC vs Ajax
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NEC vs Ajax Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions
Who won the last meeting between these clubs?
Ajax hammered NEC 5-0 when the teams last met on August 14th.
What time does this fixture kick off?
The game is scheduled to start at 16:30 CET (GMT +1).
Who are the current Eredivisie champions?
Ajax are the current champions in the Eredivisie.