Ajax vs NEC Nijmegen Predictions

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  • Johan Cruijff Arena
NEC Nijmegen

Ajax -2

5/6odds when tipped
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Ajax 3-0

11/2odds when tipped
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Tip Reasoning

  • Ajax averaged 3.12 home goals across their 17 league matches at Johan Cruijff Arena in 2020-21.
  • Ajax beat NEC Nijmegen 5-0 and 5-1 when they last met in the Eredivisie four years ago.
  • Ajax covered a -2 goal handicap at home in seven of 17 league games last season.

Ajax should erase PSV nightmare with shining display

Ajax were humiliated in the Johan Cruijff Schaal by an in-form PSV Eindhoven side last week, but face much less dangerous opposition when they kick off their title defence on Saturday.

The Dutch double winners get a cosy home start against promoted NEC Nijmegen, who finished seventh in the league below last season before fighting their way through the playoffs.

Rogier Meijer’s side seemed to hit form just at the right time – as the other promotion contenders were losing theirs – and are now hurriedly trying to build a squad capable of staying up.

This game represents a great chance for Erik ten Haag’s men to exorcise the demons of last weekend’s 4-0 defeat and show the rest of Dutch football that they are still a force to be reckoned with.

Ajax racked up some big home scores en route to the title last season with seven of their 17 home matches won by at least three clear goals.

This really should be another because NEC were not even a great defensive unit at the lower level last season, conceding 45 goals, and they subsequently lost a pre-season friendly at AZ by 4-1.

Prior to Ajax’s 4-0 mauling to PSV, in which left-back Nicolas Tagliafico was sent off at 2-0 down, they dished out their own dose of humble pie to a strong Leeds United line-up, also by 4-0.

That demonstrated they still have the quality and instinct to go for the jugular that will be needed to win well and bury the ghosts of last week’s result.

We’re picking a 3-0 final scoreline, although 4-0 (twice) and 5-0 (twice) were actually more frequent during last season’s title-winning campaign.

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