The city of Amsterdam will be host to a game of mythical proportions when Eredivisie champions Ajax welcome Heracles this Sunday morning (11.15am kick-off).
Erik ten Hag’s men head into this latest round of fixtures sitting atop the championship table, albeit on goal difference, and will be looking to stretch their winning streak at home to five matches.
Heracles, whose only league win at Ajax came in October 1964 (a 1-4 success), arrive in dire form having only collected one win across seven league matches and they’ve failed to win any of their last 14 games on the road.
Where to watch Ajax vs Heracles on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 2
- US: ESPN+
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Ajax & Heracles’ previous line-ups:
- Ajax (vs FC Utrecht): Onana; Mazraoui, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico; Gravenberch, Klaassen; Antony*, Labyad, Tadic; Traoré.
- Heracles (vs VVV-Venlo): Bucker; Breukers, Pröpper, Knoester, Hardeveld; Bijleveld, Schoofs; Van der Water, Vloet, De la Torre; Szőke*.
Mohammed Kudus still remains on the sidelines for Ajax after sustaining a serious knee injury in their Champions League opener against Liverpool several weeks ago. Fellow summer signing Antony joins him in the physio room. Adrian Szöke is suspended for the visitors after receiving a straight red in their 3-2 defeat to VVV before the international break. Navajo Bakboord is also absent due to injury.
Players to watch:
- Ajax: They say never go back, though in Davy Klaassen‘s case it’s proven to be a wise switch from Werder Bremen this summer. The former Ajax captain left for Everton a few summers ago as a deep-lying forward but has since returned to operate in a new position. The 27-year-old midfielder has taken on a ‘number six’ role that requires him to retain and recycle possession but that hasn’t stopped him from popping up up-front; last time out against FC Utrecht he netted his fourth of the Eredivisie season. Such experience and versatility is starting to pay off for manager Ten Hag as he seeks to win the club’s 35th championship.
- Heracles: For the vast majority of Eredivisie sides facing Ajax in their backyard means all hands on deck from a defensive perspective. The Amsterdammers average 3.75 goals per home game this season (or one every 24 minutes) so this weekend’s guests know what’s required of them. Jeff Hardeveld, a reliable left-back, could play a pivotal role as Ten Hag’s men possess great strength on the right flank through winger David Neres as well as flying full-back Noussair Mazraoui, and Hardeveld is not afraid to get stuck in. He presently averages 3.9 tackles and 3.5 interceptions per-90, the highest of anyone who has played in every league match for Heracles this season.
Scoreline prediction: Ajax 2-1 Heracles
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