Utrecht sit 5th in the Eredivisie table but still has a slight chance of claiming one of three Champions Leauge spots as we enter the last three rounds of the Dutch top division. They also need to be a bit careful of the chasing pack lead by Vitesse in 8th, 6 points behind. The most likely scenario is that they will have to settle for a Europa League spot, but their form is excellent at the moment and they won’t give up without a fight. They are undefeated in seven games in all competitions and have won nine of their 15 home games this season, losing only to top teams PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord. Tonight they take on 17th placed De Graafschap who have a fight for survival on their hands. The home side have done very well in this fixture historically, winning 14 and drawing five in the last 19 outings between the two. Even though they have a Cup final to play on Sunday Utrecht boss Erik Ten Hag says his team is definitely going for three points tonight.
Team news: Chris Kum returns from suspension but the game comes too early for Robbin Ruiter so Filip Bednarek is likely to continue in goal.
De Graafschap were promoted from Eerste Divisie last season but have really struggled to find their way in the top tier. They are at risk of going straight down again and it’s especially their away form that has really let them down this season. In 17 away games, they have only picked up a single win and five points in total, worst of any team in the league.
Team news: Coach Jan Vreman hasn’t been happy with the effort of a couple of his players lately and will let Youssef El Jebli and Karim Tarfi start on the bench. Quality wise that further weakens the team and we believe they will have their work cut out for them tonight.
Date & Time: 20 Apr 2016 – 18.30 CET
League: Eredivisie (Netherlands)
Match: Utrecht – De Graafschap
Pick: Utrecht Asian Hcp -1
Highest Odds: 1.85 @ bet365
Stake: 10 EUR
Result: 0-2, bet lost.
RB Leipzig Women on the up
Newly promoted RB Leipzig are heading to bottom of the table MSV Duisburg tonight in the sixth round of the Frauen Bundesliga. Duisburg are still winless and faced heavy defeat in their last league outing to Eintracht Frankfurt (1-5). The Zebras have already conceded 21 goals this season while only scoring four and will struggle to stay in the division.
They still have to do without Sarah Freutel, Alexandra Emmerling, Jelena Prvulovic and Brooke Denesik, and received another blow as Danish centre back Emilie Henriksen also will miss the game due to illness.
RB Leipzig hope to pick up their second win of the season and were happy to see all their international players come back healthy and raring to go after the break. Elvira Herzog, Michela Croatto, Julia Magerl and Korina Janez all trained with the team this week and look sharp.
We’re rather confident of an away win here.
Date & Time: 3 November 2023 – 17:30 GMT
Competition: Bundesliga Women (Germany)
Match: MSV Duisburg – RB Leipzig
Pick 1: RB Leipzig Asian Hcp -1
Odds: 2.05 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 1-1, bet lost.
New manager boost for Ajax
To say that Ajax’s start to the season has been poor is an understatement. In fact, Ajax are incredibly enough bottom of the Eredivise table after their opening eight games, the worst start ever for the club. It came as little surprise then when head coach Maurice Steijn was relieved of his duties and replaced with Hedwiges Maduro on an interim basis. He did not fare much better in his two games in charge, a 0-2 loss to Brighton followed up by a 2-5 loss at PSV. This led to the club appointing John van’t Schip as their new manger on a two year deal.
van’t Schip has only had a few days to prepare for tonight’s game against struggling Volendam, but just having a permanent manager, let alone a club legend, in place must be seen as a boost. Also, the visitors are the worst away team in league, having lost all their four league outings this season, scoring only four goals in the process while conceding a whopping 12.
This is the perfect rebound spot for Ajax and despite their struggles so far, we believe they will go all out here and win this comfortably.
Date & Time: 2 November 2023 – 19:00 GMT
Competition: Eredivise (Netherlands)
Match: Ajax – Volendam
Pick 1: Ajax Asian Hcp -1.5, -2
Odds: 1.86 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet won! (half win)
Pick 2: Ajax HT/FT
Odds: 1.72 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: Half time score: 0-0, bet lost.
Pick 3: Over 3.5, 4 goals in the game
Odds: 1.925 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet lost.
Rotating Rovers without chance
Chelsea get a welcome break from league football when they welcome Championship side Blackburn Rovers to Stamford Bridge tonight. A place in the Carabao Cup quarter finals is at stake and the Blues aim to go all the way.
Rovers are expected to make some changes to the team that lost 0-1 at home to Swansea at the weekend and Jake Garrett, Adam Wharton, Dilan Markanday and Andrew Moran all could get a start here. Captain Lewis Travis will start but Rovers’ manager Jon Dahl Tomasson will have to do without top scorer Sam Szmodics who is nursing an injury picked up at the weekend.
Chelsea could also give some of the non regular starters a chance to shine, with the likes of Armando Broja and Ian Maatsen. We could also see Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk, who missed the league defeat to Brentford at the weekend, start.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “We will try to play with our best team. Some players will need to rest because after Saturday’s game we can’t take risks. But, in general, we will try to play our best team.”
We will take his word for it and expect Chelsea to win this rather comfortably.
Date & Time: 1 November 2023 – 19:45 GMT
Competition: Carabao Cup (England)
Match: Chelsea – Blackburn
Pick: Chelsea to win & Under 4.5 goals
Odds: 1.73 @ Skybet
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet won!