Dutch Eredivisie Round 26 Prediction

AZ Vs Heerenveen

AZ Alkmaar have not give up the hunt for fourth place, and will certainly need a home win over Heerenveen this Saturday to keep a chance.

Dick Advocaat’s AZ have climbed the ranks in recent weeks and although fourth-placed Feyenoord are eight points away, AZ’s current shape allows them to hope for more. Last week, the reigning champions cruised to a 0-3 win at Vitesse.

Heerenveen have made it a habit to have a victory followed by defeat and vice versa. The northerners are currently in 13th place, just four points ahead of the danger zone. Last week, Heerenveen failed to impress in a 1-2 home defeat to Heracles Almelo.

AZ won all of their last three meetings with Heerenveen, with an impressive total goal count of ten to two.

Advocaat has little to worry about when it is about injuries, as only Ragnar Klavan should miss the match due to a back injury.

Heerenveen will be without the injured Brian Vandenbussche, Kenny Steppe, Michal Svec and Martin Lejsal, while Gerald Sibon is a doubt with an ankle problem.

The home side should win this match and possibly set another step in the direction of the top four.

My Prediction: AZ

ADO Vs Vitesse

Saturday’s Eredivisie clash between Vitesse and ADO Den Haag will undoubtedly see the losing side stuck in the relegation zone.

ADO’s form seemed to have gone up in recent week with a 3-0 win over Willem II and a 2-2 draw at Feyenoord, but those good results were followed up by a disappointing 1-2 defeat by Roda JC. ADO are currently in 16th place and the match with Vitesse gives them a perfect opportunity to leave the bottom spots behind.

Vitesse’s shape has been nothing short of horrible since the start of the calendar year. In eight games, the Arnhem outfit won only once. The last four matches ended in defeat.

Recent history is certainly on ADO’s side, as the The Hague outfit won 3-1 in both of the last two encounters with Vitesse.

Mitchell Pique and Aleksandar Rankovic are still unavailable for ADO, and are joined on the sidelines by Lex Immers and Lorenzo Pique.

Vitesse are without Rogier Molhoek, Sinan Kaloglu and Onur Kaya, the latter suffering from a throat infection, while Dalibor Stevanovic is a doubt. Wiljan Pluim is fit in time to feature.

ADO are favored to take the victory and get out of the relegation zone, but it will likely be a close call.

My Prediction: DRAW/ADO

Heracles Vs Willem II

Heracles hope to return to their old shape when the season revelations host Willem II in the Eredivisie this Saturday.

Gert-Jan Verbeek’s Heracles struggled in recent matches but returned to winning ways last week at Heerenveen, beating their opponents 1-2. After spending a considerable amount of time in fifth place, Heracles were recently pushed down a spot by AZ.

Willem II are in penultimate spot but their 2-1 win over VVV Venlo last week allows the Tilburg side to keep fighting for survival in the Dutch top flight.

Heracles beat Willem II in the last three direct encounters, with a total goal count of five to nothing.

Peter Reekers is Heracles’ only doubt ahead of this match, as the player recently returned from a knee injury but may not be fit in time to feature.

Willem II have to do without the suspended Daan van Dinter and Frank Demouge, while Arjan Swinkels, Jens Janse and Mehmet Akgün are injured.

It is generally expected that Heracles will add another three points to their account in this game.

My Prediction: Heracles

NAC BREDA Vs PSV Eindhoven

Dutch Eredivisie leaders PSV face what might be a difficult task in a provincial derby at NAC Breda on Saturday.

NAC are currently in eighth position but are at serious risk of dropping further down the table after having earned only one point in their last three league games. That point was collected last week, in a 2-2 draw at Sparta Rotterdam.

PSV beat last-placed RKC Waalwijk 5-1 last week and are still on course for the Dutch title, but the Eindhoven outfit will feel the pressure from second-placed Twente who are just one point behind.

PSV beat NAC Breda 3-1 when the two last met in August 2009, but were held to a 2-2 draw seven months earlier.

Both Anthony Lurling and Csaba Feher are suspended for NAC after being red-carded in their side’s previous game. Leonardo, Tyrone Loran and Benjamin van Wanrooy are injured.

Reserve keeper Jeroen Zoet is PSV’s only certain absentee. Balazs Dzsudzsak, Erik Pieters and Stanislav Manolev are all doubts, while Rutten may choose to bench Maza Rodriguez and Carlos Salcido as the two Mexicans only returned to the Netherlands on Friday after international action.

Fred Rutten’s PSV should be able to win this match but NAC won’t give up without a fight.

My Prediction: PSV

(SW/MG/rex)

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