Eredivisie 24-26 August
Made two big bets for this weekend. I took this games early in order to get a nice price on them:
FC Twente vs FC Utrecht -0.5 and -1 @ 1.92 (4)
FC Twente was able this summer to keep most of their squad together. They lost Bakircoglu to Ajax and Aissatti went back to PSV. In exchange, they acquired Denneboom from NEC and Huysegems from Feyenoord. Last week they got their first win at Excelsior (0-2). N'Kufo scored two goals and Twente had numerous chances to make it more than 2. FC Utrecht had a tough opener at home against Feyenoord. They looked good until the 0-1 was scored by a error of the goalkeeper. After that they were not able to do anything special. They lack a real goalscorer at the moment. FC Twente under Rutte has developed itself to a good football team. They have the ability to outplay an opponent especially at home. The last two times these two teams met Twente won 3-0. Twente at home is very hard to beat. Last year they managed a 13-3-1 record in which they scored 47 goals and conceded only 15. Only Ajax was able to beat FC Twente while Twente got the better of AZ, PSV and Feyenoord.
I can see only one possible outcome in this game and that is a win for FC Twente. I wouldn't be suprised if this win will be with more than 1 goal difference.
Vitesse vs AZ -0.5 @ 1.88 (2)
AZ (with Ajax) was the best away team last season winning 13 of 17 games. They however lost the last crucial game against a very small club to just miss catching the title. They are out for revenge this year. They looked very sharp against VVV Venlo in the seasonopener which they won 4-0. It's really a joy to watch AZ play because they play very attacking football and show a lot of skill and combination play. Vitesse was lucky to get a victory in Rotterdam where they beat Sparta 1-2. They never seemed to be in the match untill the last 15 minutes where they scored 2 goals. Sparta should have scored more than once before that. Vitesse lost their main goalscorer to PSV (Lazovic) and didn't got a good player in return. They seem to be weaker than last year. AZ has won 4 times in a row in Arnhem and have demolished them the last three times (0-3, 1-5, 0-3). It is very likely that the difference in player quality will show tommorow night. AZ will win easily in my opinion.
Last edited by Sheva; 08-24-2007 at 07:21 PM.