Heracles VS Ajax Prediction
Minutes after final whistle of the Eredivisie’s sixth round derby facing PSV vs Feyenoord, Serdar Gözübüyük will blow its whistle to kicking-off last game in current round when in Sunday afternoon Heracles Almelo welcomes Ajax. Guests from Amsterdam will travel to the “Polman Stadion” in Almelo, eastern Netherlands, where “de Godenzonen” will play only few days after visiting one really inhospitable venue such as “Stadio Apóstolos Nikolaidis” in Greek capital Athens. On Thursday night Ajax won against Panathinaikos in its first UEFA Europa League group game so now Peter Bosz’s men need to re-switch on domestic mood and they definitely have enough for catching up.
Heracles vs Ajax – Match Preview
Heracles Almelo cannot boast with none of its opponent’s domestic and continental accomplishments, but squad led by John Stegeman has qualified for the very first time in club history for European football after finishing sixth in the 2015-2016 Eredivisie season. That sixth position has secured them position in the Europa League playoffs where they won over FC Groningen and then FC Utrecht. Thus Heracles were awarded with an opportunity to write its European club competition history starting from the third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League. Unfortunately, Heracles couldn’t make it to the playoff round as they were eliminated by Portuguese Arouca without losing in any of both rounds – 1:1 in Almelo, followed by goalless draw in Arouca. Nonetheless, this gains some experience for Heracles and they are surely eager for more European football. Well, if they want story to repeat, then Heracles must improve its domestic results as after first five rounds club from Almelo has won only five points and this places them in second half of the Eredivisie standings.
Ajax have also started their European adventure in second half of July when they faced another Greek team in round three of the UEFA Champions League qualifying. Their first two-legged Champions League duel was successful and Ajax eliminated PAOK after 1-1 in Amsterdam and 2-1 win in Thessaloniki. Following playoff participation has been marked with a disaster and Ajax was eliminated by Russian vice-champion FC Rostov, after another 1-1 draw in the Netherlands, however followed by a devastating 1-4 defeat in Russia.
These European nights were going with some really frustrating domestic results such like the 2-2 draw vs Roda and 1-2 loss by Willem II, as both were at home, so respectively pressure and criticism over Peter Bosz have risen. For now the 52-year-old coach, who meanwhile keeps some memories from two periods in charge of Heracles Almelo (2004–2006, 2010–2013), cools that emotion as Ajax returns in Amsterdam with three successive wins and this must boost morale of the players, as well as to return trust of the supporters.
Heracles vs Ajax – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Last weekend Ajax won against another club previously managed by Peter Bosz – Vitesse, winning with 1-0 in Amsterdam, which actually was their first home win during season 2016-17. After four unsuccessful attempts. Indeed, Ajax are doing much better on the road and they’ve won in four from their five outings so far, but it’s obvious Ajax must show quite an improvement in front of their own fans. However, they’re once again traveling away from Amsterdam and it seems team feels well when “The Lancers” have to conquer different venues.
At this rate we find good opportunity for another away victory of Ajax and Heracles can become their next victim. The Amsterdammers must try to keep distance short from their rivals Feyenoord and PSV, who will enter in match week six with respectively 5 and 3 points more than Ajax. Very good reason why Ajax must remain focused and they shouldn’t underestimate any of the upcoming rounds. They have already made enough mistakes in just five Eredivisie rounds.
Venue: “Polman Stadion”, Almelo.
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük.
Possible starting lineups of Heracles and Ajax
Heracles Almelo: Bram Castro – Robin Gosens, Justin Hoogma, Mike te Wierik, Wout Droste – Joey Pelupessy, Dario Vujicevic – Brahim Darri, Thomas Bruns, Brandley Kuwas – Vincent Vermeij. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players – Ramon Zomer and Mark-Jan Fledderus.
AFC Ajax: Andre Onana – Mitchell Dijks, Nick Viergever, Davinson Sánchez, Joël Veltman – Nemanja Gudelj, Jairo Riedewald, Davy Klaassen – Amin Younes, Hakim Ziyech, Bertrand Traore. (4-3-3)
Missing players – None.