Re: UEFA Cup 14.09
Let's start up this thread here.
Ajax is definitely the pick of the day. The odd is okay, their form is brilliant, their motivation is higher then ever. Last sunday they totally outplayed Vitesse, the result was 3-0, but it could have been 6 or 7. They got 36 shots, with 25 on goal or something. Part of the second half was vs 10 man, but it was during the whole game like that. Huntelaar finally scored, twice actually and he could have scored 2 more at least. Stam and Gabri are leading the team with their experience, Sneijder plays really well and even Rosales and Babel are taking up to a higher constant level.
It has been like that every game up to now, except for the away match vs NAC. It was also the same play versus Kopenhagen for the Champions League, but somehow Ajax didn't score from 14 chances and Kopehnagen was able to score from 1,5 chance twice.
Start is doing well in their league, they beaten Lillestrom last weekend. From what I have read, they are a playing team like Ajax and not a passive team if you know what I mean. So that should be in Ajax advantage and Ajax is just a couple of levels higher then Start.
I think we will see a motivated Ajax to get revanche for the elimination in the Champions League and to continue their good run and form. Odds around 1.60 are good, the handicap of -1 could be interesting as well. There are no important injuries for Ajax, except for Perez.
Other Dutch teams information:
FC Groningen: they played a very bad first half vs Heracles on sunday, but a decent one in the second half. At home, they are quite strong, away from home they are not half as strong as they could be. Their squad is decent, last year they were fifth, a totally suprise. And up to now they seem to be doing quite okay and probably will play for the places around 6th. This will be their first European fixture since years and I don't really what to expect. I don't think they will win and probably hope for a low score, like 0-0, 1-0, 1-1. I don't know much about Partizan, so I wouldn't recommend a bet for this match.
Feyenoord: Got their first win on sunday vs Sparta: 4-1. A good, deserved win you would say, but they were very very lucky. They played really bad, Sparta was playing better and they absolutely should have had a penalty at 1-2. Play goes on and for a dive Feyenoord do gets the penalty kick. 1-3 and then it was over, 1-4 in the final minute. They played 442 for the first time, but their is still no structure at all. What also counts is that they play vs PSV on sunday, big game for both sides. Again, I don't really know the opposite team, so I wouldn't really know a bet for this match again.
SC Heerenveen: a loss in the weekend vs Excelsior, the same as Groningen actually. Strong at home, not good in away matches. Their attack is quite strong, but their defence lacks a bit quality. I don't think they will get a positive result in their away match in Portugal.
AZ: 3 games played, 9 points. Haven't been in trouble yet at all. Strong squad, talented players and a very experienced and motivated trainer Van Gaal. They should be winning this match, but I am kinda suprised by the odds. From what I have heard, the Turkish opponent is a bit the AZ from Turkey. Young talented squad that now is upcomming in the Turkish league. So I am kinda worried about that, maybe someone from Turkey could clear this up?