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The Eredivisie game at Johan Cruijff ArenA on Sunday sees hosts Ajax take to the field against Heracles Almelo.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Ajax v Heracles Almelo can be found here (plus the best game odds).
Ajax, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 0-3 Eredivisie triumph vs FC Utrecht.
For Ajax, the goals were scored by Davy Klaassen (62'), Dušan Tadić (71') and Quincy Promes (91').
Ajax have been so strong in attack in recent times, hitting 25 goals past the opposition during the course of the last 6 matches. In those games, de Godenzonen have also seen the aggregate sum of goals that have gone against them total 6.
Ahead of this clash, Ajax are unbeaten in their last 4 league matches at home.
After a losing effort in their last game against VVV-Venlo in Eredivisie action, Heracles Almelo and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
For Heracles Almelo, goals were scored by Silvester van der Water (38') and Rai Vloet (78'). Jafar Arias (51'), Vito van Crooij (67') and Giorgos Giakoumakis (88') scored for VVV-Venlo.
The numbers tell their own story, and Heracles Almelo have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 9 goals in all. Defensively, Heraclieden seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly. That kind of trend won’t necessarily be carried forward into this game, though.
Going into this contest, Heracles Almelo are without a win away from home in their last 14 league games. They must be getting so desperate.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head to head meetings going back to 12/08/2017 shows us that Ajax have won 2 of these & Heracles Almelo 3, with the tally of draws being 1.
An aggregate of 13 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 7 for de Godenzonen and 6 coming from Heraclieden. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.17.
The last league encounter featuring these sides was Eredivisie match day 24 on 23/02/2020 when the final score was Heracles Almelo 1-0 Ajax.
The match was refereed by Pol van Boekel.
Team News: Ajax
Antony (Muscular problems) and Mohammed Kudus (Meniscal Injury) are unavailable for Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
Team News: Heracles Almelo
Due to a mostly available squad, there is only the sole fitness issue for the Heracles Almelo gaffer Frank Wormuth to be concerned about. Navajo Bakboord (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be playing here. Adrián Szőke cannot play in this game through suspension.
We feel that Ajax are likely to stay in control for long periods of time and should be able to convert a few of the chances that they create.
At the same time, Heracles Almelo could well struggle getting on the scoresheet but we do think it’s quite likely that they will be getting enough chances to score, too.
We’re predicting a pretty comfortable 3-1 winning score for Ajax at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Johan Cruijff ArenA (54,990)
Captain: Dušan Tadić
Chairman: Frank Eijken
Manager: Erik ten Hag
Competitions: Eredivisie position 1, Champions League (Group D)
🔑 Key Player: Lassina Traoré
Normally played in the Striker position, Lassina Traoré was born in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Having played his first senior match for Jong Ajax in the 2018 - 2019 season, the accomplished Forward has contributed 5 league goals in this Eredivisie 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 8 appearances.