The sixth game of the 2017/18 Eredivisie campaign is upon us, with Ajax set to face Vitesse in the Johan Cruijff ArenA at 14:30 this afternoon. These are the predictions for the match from the AjaxDaily experts.
Two difficult games lie ahead: Vitesse at home, Heerenveen away, two fixtures that will tell us more about Ajax and how good they really are. Good start or terrible start? The answer is about to be given. These are the Weeks of Truth.
Vitesse at home. Honestly, I have a bad feeling about it. Vitesse embarrassed themselves in Amsterdam only days ago, crashing out of the cup at the hands of ASV Swift, but they will only be determined to not look like fools again and I, for one, was impressed with their attacking performance against Lazio a week earlier.
At this point I am simply not sure that Ajax are actually a better and more balanced football team than the Arnhem side. My prediction: 1-1, whistling from the stands and all that.
— Ajax Life (@ajaxlife) 20 september 2017
The only reason why we might just nick the full three points is Kasper Dolberg, who surely will feel a whole lot better about himself since the Scheveningen cup game. My hopes are on him, but I’m worried about this one.
Vitesse will be highly motivated to make up for their humiliating cup exit against the amateurs of Swift earlier this weak. Ajax, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be highly motivated at all lately. The search for form, a solid starting formation, leadership and self confidence will continue right before our eyes, dropping points whenever an adversary decides to apply some pressure.
So it’s two highly unstable teams facing each other. I really hope home advantage will decide this one in out favour, so let’s not be too glum and say Ajax will win 3-2… but a 2-2 draw is also very much a possibility for me.
I would love nothing more than to use this space to assert how much I enjoyed NAC Breda’s shocking 0-2 win over Feyenoord in De Kuip last night. I would love to mock our Rotterdam rivals by sarcastically stating how tough and tricky a home game against NAC really is, and I would love to point out the fact their stadium emptied quicker than rats off a sinking ship. But I won’t.
— Remco (@topdob) 23 september 2017
You see, pride comes before the fall. Ajax should have already overtaken Feyenoord on the Eredivisie table last week following the Rotterdammers’ 1-0 loss to PSV, but instead we failed to capitalize and were forced to settle for a point against ADO in The Hague.
And while another opportunity dawns, making short work of Vitesse doesn’t seem like an option for Marcel Keizer’s unstable and inconsistent Ajax side. The Amsterdammers will need to turn in a solid performance to beat the visitors from Arnhem, who are undoubtedly extremely driven and motivated to avenge their shock-elimination from the KNVB Beker at the hands of amateur side Swift.
Therefor, I’ll keep the Feyenoord mockery to myself until we bag the three points. The man to do it? Kasper Dolberg. The young Dane’s hattrick against Scheveningen has reignited the fire. He’ll come off the bench to net the 2-1 and secure a last-minute victory.