Who will be the moral winner of The Classic | Betting offices have no favorite (Ad)

The absolute cracker in the 17th round of the Eredivisie takes place in De Kuip. A very interesting edition of The Classic, in which Feyenoord can give pursuer Ajax a tap on the chin. The betting offices do not have a clear favourite, but tend to give the Amsterdammers the slight advantage.

This is an article from Sportsbookies.

Dark clouds hang over the Johan Cruijff ArenA. Ajax is nothing like the frivolous team that conquered the Netherlands and Europe under Erik Ten Hag. In the Champions League, the team from Amsterdam went down ingloriously in the group stage and 16 points were already lost in the competition. In the event of a defeat or a draw, Ajax makes a unique series of six consecutive league matches in which no wins were achieved. The last victory dates from October 22, 2022. After that, there were four draws and one loss. In addition, there is still dissatisfaction with the purchase policy and club icon Daley Blind left through the back door.

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At Feyenoord the atmosphere is a lot better. The Kuip residents are somewhat surprisingly in the lead and also have a nice gap of four points on the closest attacker, AZ. Ajax and PSV follow on five points. With a win, Feyenoord can in any case put competitor Ajax behind by eight points. Feyenoord’s last defeat dates back to September, when PSV lost. Then there were seven wins and three draws. Yet it is not all roses and moonshine in Rotterdam. In the winter break, central defender Gernot Trauner and midfielder Quinten Timber lost due to serious injuries.

An attempt to take over Ramiz Zerrouki from FC Twente as a replacement for Timber failed. Nevertheless, the team of coach Arne Slot continues to collect points after the short winter break. After the winter break FC Groningen won (0-3) and FC Utrecht played a draw (1-1). For the time being, the lack of defensive support seems to be well compensated.

Unpredictable match

The momentum for this mutual duel is therefore clearly with Feyenoord. But a Classic is again a match in itself and for Ajax perhaps the chance to get things back on track. That makes this match difficult to predict. The odds at the bookmakers for both teams therefore differ little, 2.70 at 2.60. We do expect a fairly open game in which both teams score. Although Feyenoord has the defense, even after the loss of Trauner, in good order with only 4 goals conceded in the last 9 league games. Nevertheless, we consider Ajax’s attackers capable of scoring at least once.

The defense of Ajax is a lot less stable. Ajax kept a clean sheet against FC Twente for the first time since September 10, 2022. After the red card for Devyne Rensch, Edson Alvarez started playing centrally and that certainly benefited the defensive stability. It therefore seems logical that coach Alfred Schreuder again opts for this variant. Yet we do not think that Ajax can keep it dry again this time.

Best betting tips Feyenoord – Ajax

Prediction Odd

Both teams score

1.53

Over 2.5 goals total and both teams to score

1.85

Alireza Jahanbakhsh shoots at least once on goal

1.83

Davy Klaassen shoots at least once on target

2.00

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