The Eerste Divisie clash at Yanmar Stadion on Friday will see home side Almere City welcome opponents Jong Ajax.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Almere City v Jong Ajax game (including the best match odds).
Almere City enter this fixture coming off the back of a 1-1 Eerste Divisie draw vs Telstar.
In that game, Almere City had 54% possession and 14 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Almere City was Lance Duijvestijn (50'). Telstar had 13 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Rein Smit (72') scored for Telstar.
Matches involving Almere City have proved to be exciting encounters of late with plenty of scoring anticipated. Over their past six clashes, a grand total of 20 goals have been scored for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 11 of them being chalked up by Almere City. We will just have to see if that trend will end up being continued on here.
Jong Ajax come into this clash following on from a 6-3 Eerste Divisie win as they beat NAC Breda in their last outing.
In that match, Jong Ajax managed 60% possession and 22 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. For Jong Ajax, goals were scored by Danilo Pereira (10'), Kenneth Taylor (12'), Victor Jensen (20'), Youri Baas (25'), Youri Regeer (59') and Max de Waal (78'). For their opponents, NAC Breda had 11 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Ralf Seuntjens (3', 81') and Thom Haye (70') scored for NAC Breda.
Jong Ajax have regularly broken through opposing defences in the lead-up to this encounter, scoring 12 goals in their previous 6 matches. This doesn’t mask the fact that Jong Ajax can also improve defensively after being scored against in 6 of those same matches.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head to head clashes dating back to 02/03/2018 shows that Almere City have won 2 of these games & Jong Ajax 4, with the number of drawn results being 0.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 27 in all which averages out at 4.5 goals per match.
The previous league contest featuring the two was Eerste Divisie match day 36 on 30/04/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Almere City 1-0 Jong Ajax.
That day, Almere City had 54% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was John Yeboah (75').
Jong Ajax had 6 attempts at goal with 1 on target.
The referee was Luca Cantineau.
Team News: Almere City
Faris Hammouti (Groin Injury) and Oussama Bouyaghlafen (Knock) will not be taking part for Almere City gaffer Gertjan Verbeek.
Team News: Jong Ajax
Owing to a fully injury-free squad to choose from, the Jong Ajax boss John Heitinga does not have any fitness concerns whatsoever before this match.
Our thinking is that Jong Ajax should have enough to put a goal past this Almere City lineup, although that may not quite be enough to avoid defeat.
We are anticipating both teams to score in a 2-1 winning margin for Almere City at full-time. Let’s wait and see how it plays out.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Yanmar Stadion (4,500)
Captain: Ryan Koolwijk
Chairman: John Bes
Manager: Gertjan Verbeek
Competitions: Eerste Divisie position 10
🔑 Key Man: Lance Duijvestijn
Normally played in the Centre Midfield position, Lance Duijvestijn was born in Netherlands. After having made a senior debut playing for NEC in the 2018 - 2019 season, the gifted Midfielder has scored 2 league goals in the Eerste Divisie 2021 - 2022 campaign to date in a total of 6 appearances.