Ajax vs Heracles
Netherlands – Eredivisie
Date: Saturday, 11 August 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam.
Ajax dropped out a two-goal cushion in the first leg of their Champions League tie with Standard Liege which kind of shook the atmosphere in the dressing room ahead of the Eredivisie opener against Heraclieden on Saturday evening.
Making it to the group phase in the most elite continental competition is definitely the number one goal at the moment for de Godenzonen. Since the return fixture against the Belgians is scheduled for Tuesday, we can expect Erik ten Hag to mix up his cards a bit for the domestic tie with Heracles.
This will be the first official match of the season for the visitors who played hot and cold during the off-season. They defeated Volendam and Almere City, but only to draw 1-1 to Turkish Kasimpasa and lose 0-2 to Italian Fiorentina in most recent friendlies.
Ajax vs Heracles: Head-to-head
The head to head stats is entirely on Ajax’s side.
De Godenzonen won 20, drew 5 and lost only 1 of 26 meetings with Heracles.
Ajax won 10 and drew 3 of 13 meetings with Heraclieden in matches in Amsterdam.
Ajax vs Heracles: Prediction
Ten Hag can’t count on first-choice full-back Joel Veltman who is out through a knee injury, while strikers Kasper Dolberg and Vaclav Cerny both have fitness issues and are also expected to miss out here.
We could thus even see the like of Kaj Sierhuis leading the line as David Neres, Dusan Tadic and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar might get limited minutes to be fresh for the much more important Standard Liege tie on Tuesday.
However, we still see de Godenzonen massive favourites here given that Heracles showed plenty of defensive woes in pre-season conceding two or more goals in four of five games.
Heracles had a poor away record in the previous term of Eredivisie, winning only 2 and losing 10 of 17 matches on the road.
We expect Ajax to remove all doubts about the match winner before the interval which is why the value is decent in backing the Over 1.5 goals in the first half bet at 1.80.
Ajax vs Heracles: Bet Tips
HT/FT Ajax/Ajax @ 1.44
Over 1.5 goals in the first half @ 1.80.