Utrecht and Ajax join forces at the Stadion Galgenwaard in a game for the 19th round of the Eredivisie. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 02-10-2016, Ajax won at home for (3-2). At this stage, the history of direct confrontations indicates balance between these two teams, since there were 3 draws and 1 victory for each team in the last 5 games. However, the last time they faced in this stadium was 13-12-2015, in a game for the Eredivisie, that ended the victory of Utrecht by (1-0). The only goal of the match was scored by Y. Ayoub (87 ‘). In this meeting the home factor could play an important role, since Utrecht presents significant differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
Analysis of Utrecht
The home team is currently in 6th place with 28 points, after 7 wins, 7 draws and 4 losses. In the penultimate game, tied off against Roda by (0-0). In the latter, he won out against Sparta by (1-2). This is a team that curiously has been stronger outside than at home, because in the last 30 games it registers 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses as a visitor; Against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in his stadium. For the championship, Utrecht had 14 points out of 27, after 4 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in their last 9 matches at their stadium.
For this competition, you have not lost any of the last 6 matches in your stadium. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was 1-0 (5 out of 9 matches). His attack has scored regularly, having scored goals in 9 of the last 10 games for this competition. In their home games for this competition there is a tendency for goals to be scored, as 6 in 9 have finished with over 2.5 goals in the scoreboard. In 18 games in this event, he suffered the first goal 7 times and only got 1 turnaround.
The home team arrive at this clash in the sixth position of the championship with 28 points won, the result of seven wins, seven draws and four defeats. Their recent form is good as they have not been defeated for six games, having won three wins and three draws. In the last match, the team beat Sparta Rotterdam 2-1 away from home.
For this match, the team will bet on 4-3-1-2, and will need to unravel without four missing players: Edson Braafheid, Jeff Hardeveld, Rico Strieder and Giovanni Troupêe.
This formation did not lose 10 matches for the Dutch league. In the last six games, they managed to score at least twice on five occasions, thus confirming the excellent stage they are going through.
After 12 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses, the visiting team is in 2nd place, having won 40 points. In the last game, he beat Zwolle away by (1-3), having drawn 1-1 at home in a game against PSV (1-1). This is a team that maintains the income when it plays outside its stadium, because in the last 30 games it registers 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses as a visitor; Against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in his stadium. In the last 9 away games for the league, Ajax have 6 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, so they have scored 20 points out of 27. In his league appearances as a visitor the most frequent result at half-time was 0-0 (5 out of 9 matches). His attack has scored regularly, having scored goals in 9 of the last 10 games for this competition. This is a team that does not usually feel difficult to open the scoring: scored the first goal in 14 of the last 18 games for Eredivisie, of those 14 reached the interval in advantage in 5 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10 In 18 matches in this event, managed to give back to the result in 2 of the 4 games in which it suffered the first goal.
Ajax are second on the leaderboard with 40 points so far, with 12 wins, four draws and just two defeats. His recent form is excellent as he has scored four wins, one draw and one defeat in the last six games, beating Twente 0-1 away from home.
His tactical system will continue to be 4-3-3, and for this game will have to deal with the absences of Pelle Clement, Vaclav Cerny and Traoré.
Ajax have proved to be one of the most difficult teams to beat in the Dutch league, since in the last 36 games they played only lost twice.