Eredivisie

Highlighted: Contrast is significant in de Klassieker

Has the difference in confidence ever been so significant during a Klassieker in the Eredivisie? While Feyenoord is in excellent form, Ajax fans are undoubtedly watching the upcoming Eredivisie match with trepidation, given their recent weeks. But if there's one fixture that unleashes special powers, it's Ajax - Feyenoord. So, where can the Amsterdammers draw hope from?

Ajax's Historically Poor Start

Ajax is experiencing its third-worst start ever in an Eredivisie season, with only the 1958/59 and 1964/65 seasons seeing the Amsterdam club collect fewer points in the first four match rounds (4, equivalent to 3 points per win). If they suffer another loss this weekend, Ajax will find themselves with a maximum of six points after five matches for only the second time in club history, the first instance being in the aforementioned 1964/65 season when they had 4 points. During that season, Ajax also suffered their largest-ever defeat in a Classic, losing 9-4 to Feyenoord as visitors. To this day, it remains Ajax's biggest defeat in the Eredivisie.

Ajax player Steven Bergwijn disappointed during Twente - Ajax (17-09-2023).

Feyenoord in Top Form, Ajax Under Pressure

At Feyenoord, the mood is currently completely reversed. They defeated Celtic 2-0 in the Champions League, and in the Eredivisie, things have been going smoothly for them in recent weeks. Feyenoord managed to score at least five goals in three consecutive Eredivisie matches for the first time since 1958. They have never achieved this in four consecutive Eredivisie games, and given the form of the opponent, it cannot be ruled out with one hundred percent certainty that history will be made. However, even with a narrow victory, Feyenoord fans will undoubtedly be satisfied. Last season, the Rotterdam side secured a spectacular but close 2-3 win at the Johan Cruijff Arena. The last time Feyenoord won in Amsterdam in two consecutive Eredivisie seasons was in 1985/86 and 1986/87.

Feyenoord - Heerenveen, Feyenoord player Ondrej Lingr scores 6-1 (16-9-2023).

Feyenoord on Target

Looking at the gameplay, Feyenoord fans have been treated to a spectacle in the Eredivisie so far. For the first time since 1974/75, the Rotterdam club has scored at least nineteen goals in the first five Eredivisie matches (back then, it was 20). Additionally, in terms of shots per game, Feyenoord is leading the Eredivisie this season. Ajax should take heed because they have, on average, faced five more shots per game than Feyenoord.

Eredivisie 2023/24: Averages per Match

Left side of the table: Statistics for Feyenoord

Right side of the table: Statistics for Ajax

Total Rank in Eredivisie Total Rank in Eredivisie

Shots

23,8

1e

17,0

5e

Shots on target

10,4

1e

6,8

4e

Expected Goals

3,1

2e

2,0

5e

Goals

3,8

1e

1,8

8e

Shots against

8,4

3e

13,5

8e

Shots on target against

2,8

4e

4,0

6e

Expected Goals against

1,0

3e

1,7

11e

Goals conceded

1,0

5e

1,5

8e

Ajax's Chance for Revenge

Nevertheless, Ajax is not without a chance in advance because a Classic can bring out special qualities in a team. The Amsterdammers demonstrated this in April of this year in the semi-finals of the KNVB Cup. The team, led by John Heitinga at the time, went to De Kuip with two winless games, but managed to secure a spot in the final in the lion's den.

Eredivisie table

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Ajax
Almere City FC
AZ
Excelsior Rotterdam
FC Twente
FC Utrecht
FC Volendam
Feyenoord
Fortuna Sittard
Go Ahead Eagles
Heracles Almelo
N.E.C. Nijmegen
PEC Zwolle
PSV
RKC Waalwijk
sc Heerenveen
Sparta Rotterdam
Vitesse
# Club GS W | V | G DV-DT DS P
1 PSV 34 29 | 1 | 4 111-21 +90 91
2 Feyenoord 34 26 | 2 | 6 92-26 +66 84
3 FC Twente 34 21 | 7 | 6 69-36 +33 69
4 AZ 34 19 | 7 | 8 70-39 +31 65
5 Ajax 34 15 | 8 | 11 74-61 +13 56
6 N.E.C. Nijmegen 34 14 | 9 | 11 68-51 +17 53
7 FC Utrecht 34 13 | 10 | 11 49-47 +2 50
8 Sparta Rotterdam 34 14 | 13 | 7 51-48 +3 49
9 Go Ahead Eagles 34 12 | 12 | 10 47-46 +1 46
# Club GS W | V | G DV-DT DS P
10 Fortuna Sittard 34 9 | 14 | 11 37-56 -19 38
11 sc Heerenveen 34 10 | 17 | 7 53-70 -17 37
12 PEC Zwolle 34 9 | 16 | 9 45-67 -22 36
13 Almere City FC 34 7 | 14 | 13 33-59 -26 34
14 Heracles Almelo 34 9 | 19 | 6 41-74 -33 33
15 RKC Waalwijk 34 7 | 19 | 8 38-56 -18 29
16 Excelsior Rotterdam 34 6 | 17 | 11 50-73 -23 29
17 FC Volendam 34 4 | 23 | 7 34-88 -54 19
18 Vitesse 34 6 | 22 | 6 30-74 -44 6

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UEFA Europa League (league phase)
UEFA Europa League (qualifying round)
UEFA Europa Conference League (qualifying round)
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