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SC Heerenveen host visiting club Ajax at Abe Lenstra Stadion in this Eredivisie game on Sunday.
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SC Heerenveen go into this fixture coming off the back of a 0-0 Eredivisie tied result vs FC Twente.
In that game, SC Heerenveen managed 50% possession and 11 shots on goal with 4 on target. For their opponents, FC Twente had 13 shots on goal with 1 of them on target.
Johnny Jansen's SC Heerenveen have hit the back of the net a sum total of 6 times over their prior six outings. The comparative number of goals that they have conceded in those same games is 11.
A look at their previous results shows us that SC Heerenveen:
- have not beaten Ajax in their last 23 league matches. That has got to hurt.
- have not been beaten in their last 6 home league matches.
Ajax come into this game following a 5-0 Eredivisie win with the eclipse of ADO Den Haag in their previous fixture.
In that game, Ajax managed 73% possession and 18 attempts at goal with 10 of them on target. For Ajax, goals were scored by Devyne Rensch (11'), Brian Brobbey (21'), Edson Álvarez (32'), Dušan Tadić (44') and Davy Klaassen (50'). ADO Den Haag had 2 attempts at goal with 0 on target.
A very clinical Ajax have enjoyed getting themselves a surfeit of goals in their past 6 games (18 to be precise). That has earned them an enviable average of 3 goals scored per match during this time. That sort of trend won’t necessarily be continued here, of course.
Looking at their past form shows that Ajax:
- have not been beaten by SC Heerenveen when they've played them away from home in the last 11 league matches. A highly impressive record on the road against them.
- are undefeated in their last 11 league matches away from home. Impressive, to say the least.
Head to head
A study of their past head to head meetings going back to 20/10/2018 tells us that these fixtures have not been kind to SC Heerenveen. They have not managed to get themselves any wins at all whereas Ajax have just been stronger than them, winning in 83 per cent of those matches played.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 30 in total which averages out at 5 goals per match.
Team News: SC Heerenveen
Nearly everyone is up for selection, with just a single fitness concern for the SC Heerenveen boss Johnny Jansen to contend with from a near full-strength group of players. Ulysses Llanez (Unknown Injury) will miss out.
Team News: Ajax
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has some current player fitness concerns. Jurrien Timber (Corona virus), Sébastien Haller (Corona virus), Antony (Unknown Injury), Noussair Mazraoui (Eye Injury) and Daley Blind (Syndesmotic ligament tear) will miss out on this game.
We feel that Ajax will most probably get a lot of shots on goal and make them count.
Conversely, SC Heerenveen could well find it tough scoring goals- but, we do see them pulling one back during this clash, too.
Our selection here is for a decent 1-3 winning score for Ajax when the referee blows the final whistle.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Abe Lenstra Stadion (26,800)
Captain: Henk Veerman
Chairman: Cees Roozemond
Manager: Johnny Jansen
Competitions: Eredivisie position 10
⭐ Key Man: Benjamin Nygren
Customarily taking to the field in the Striker position, Benjamin Nygren was born in Sweden. After making a first senior appearance for IFK Göteborg in the 2018 season, the skilful Forward has struck 3 league goals in the Eredivisie 2020 - 2021 season so far coming from a total of 23 appearances.