Ajax v Vitesse Arnhem - Sunday 15:45, Sky Sports 5
Ajax have been uncharacteristically out of form since their failure to claim the Eredivisie title on the final day of last season. New coach Peter Bosz has had a terrible start to his reign as his side took just four points from their first three domestic fixtures and failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage. These results cued murmurs of a crisis but they did bounce back with a comfortable 3-0 away victory against newly promoted Go Ahead Eagles in their last game and they’ll hope this kick-starts their season as they are already five points behind early leaders Feyenoord.
Henk Fraser’s Vitesse have an identical record to their hosts having drawn their last game at home to FC Utrecht. They look well equipped to improve on their ninth place finish from last season and their two young Chelsea loanees, Lewis Baker and Nathan look to be thriving, with the latter scoring twice in his first four appearances in Holland. Vitesse were steady away from home last term (W5-D6-L6) but new coach Fraser seems to have installed a new found confidence in his players when they travel and they have won both of their fixtures on the road so far.
Ajax are strong favourites at 1.5 despite their poor start and their short price is slightly surprising given the fact they’ve won only two of their last six home games. Their loss to Willem II last time out has the potential to be one of the shocks of the season and if they start slowly against Vitesse the fans could begin to restless, heaping pressure on the players. As such, Vitesse or Draw Double Chance at 2.65 looks decent value and is the way to go in this one.