AFC Ajax vs. Feyenoord Rotterdam: Sulejmani and Guidetti to shine – Dutch Eredivisie preview
On match-day 10 of Eredivisie, Ajax Amsterdam will lock horns against Feyenoord Rotterdam in the first Klassieker of the 2011/12 season at Amsterdam Arena on Sunday, October 23. The Dutch Champions would be looking to return to winning ways in the Dutch
top tier, after failing to win any of their last four league encounters.
Having notched up their first Champions League win of the season, a 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb on October 18, the Amsterdammers would be brimming with confidence.
The reigning Eredivisie Champions staged an impressive show away from home and deservingly bagged all three points.
However, Ajax are struggling to achieve good results in the Dutch top tier. Occupying the sixth spot in the league table, they are trailing the league leaders AZ Alkmaar by six points.
The Amsterdam giants have been impressive at home, winning two of their four fixtures, however, their overall record of 9 played, 4 won, 4 drawn and 1 lost is far from being impressive.
Frank de Boer, De Joden head coach, expects a winning home performance from his troops.
“Feyenoord will play aggressively and put pressure on us, and we will put pressure on them. They are playing with much more confidence than last season. They are harder to beat and are playing impressively better. But, I hope to grab three points”, De Boer
said while talking to the media.
The Rotterdam giants are coming into this match on the back of a morale boosting 4-0 win over VVV-Venlo. The Stadiumclub dominated proceedings right from the kick-off and cruised to an easy victory.
Feyenoord have performed remarkably well in the league thus far and are looking strong contenders for the title. At home, they have staged an exciting brand of football while being more than decent on away turfs.
Sitting at the fourth spot in the Eredivisie table, the Stadiumclub have an overall record of 9 played 5 won, 2 drawn and 2 lost.
Ronald Koeman, the Rotterdam giants manager, stressed that his side is ready to take on Ajax.
“We have trained well for the battle. We have performed well thus far. We are ready for Ajax”, Koeman was quoted as saying to the media.
The Amsterdam giants have a better record in their last five encounters against the Stadiumclub. The Amsterdammers won four fixtures while the remaining match ended in a stalemate.
Players to watch
Miralem Sulejmani – Ajax Amsterdam
The Serbian ace has been his side's major attacking threat in the 2011/12 campaign and has already scored six league goals. The winger will be looking to add more to his name in this crucial encounter and help his side secure all three points.
John Guidetti – Feyenoord Rotterdam
Although the youngster has scored four goals this season, he is yet to score from open play. The 19-year-old, who arrived from Manchester City this summer on a season-long loan deal, has certainly proved to be a valuable addition to the Feyenoord squad.
Both sides would be gunning to bag maximum points in the first Klassieker of the 2011/12 campaign. Although Feyenoord have impressed with their performances this season, it would certainly demand something special from Koeman’s troops to take all points
back to Rotterdam. The match will end in a 2-2 stalemate, with both sides sharing the spoils.