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Ajax Facing Tough Competitors

Reigning Champions Struggling to Remain Atop Eredivisie

The Eredivisie is more entertaining than Ligue 1. Boom! I said it. There are only four points separating first and third place in the Dutch top division. In France, PSG owns an 11-point advantage over second place.

Last season, Ajax won the Eredivisie title with a 16-point lead. That’s not going to happen again, no matter who wins the gold. Let’s check which teams are daring to challenge the reigning champions and are offering a tempting price in the sportsbook.

Ajax Facing Tough Competitors in Eredivisie Title Race
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Ajax

After 18 games, Ajax owns a 13-3-2 record with 56 goals for and only four against. Incredible, right? Well, yes, but not enough to sit in first place.

They recently lost 2-1 to AZ Alkmaar, making them fall to second place. Now, there’s no need to panic because they’re only one point behind and there are plenty of games left. That’s why, despite not sitting in first place, Ajax controls the soccer odds to win the title at -225.

Ajax is also aiming to win the UEFA Champions League. They’re set to face Benfica in the Round of 16. Playing two major tournaments at the same time isn’t easy, but Ajax’s roster is deep and talented enough to succeed.

Sebastian Haller is having a great season. He has scored 22 goals, 12 in the Eredivisie and 10 in the UCL. He alone should be enough for you to consider including them in your soccer picks.

PSV

PSV is sitting in first place thanks to a 14-1-3 record. They also have scored 46 goals, second best, and allowed 24. PSV’s problem is that they already lost to Ajax, 5-0, giving Ajax the advantage in case of an overall draw.

On the other hand, not playing in any major international competition is a huge advantage. That way they can fully focus on this race. PSV got eliminated in the Group Stage of the UEFA Europa League.

They’re currently offering a +175 price to win the league, tempting enough to consider including them in your soccer picks, right? Mario Gotze and Cody Gakpo are having such great seasons, especially Gakpo. He leads the team in assists with nine.

PSV last won the title in the 2017-18 season. I like their chances, especially if Ajax advances in the UCL.

Feyenoord

Feyenoord is sitting in third place, four points behind PSV, and is offering a +1000 price.

Two of the league’s top scorers play for Feyenoord. I’m talking about Bryan Linssen and Guus Til, who have scored 11 and 10 goals, respectively. You know what they say, the best defense is a good offense, so Feyenoord is covered.

Feyenoord isn’t playing in any international competition either, but that’s not all. They aren’t even playing in the domestic cup. That means winning the Eredivisie is all they have left.

They last won the title in the 2016-17 season.

Dark Horse

If you’re a betting online enthusiast, you know the importance of including a dark horse in your ticket. In this case, let me tell you a little bit more about AZ Alkmaar, currently sitting in fifth place.

We’re talking about the only team that won its last five games. Overall, they haven’t lost in their last eight games. It would be unwise to underestimate a highly motivated team, especially if they own the third-best defensive record in the league.

AZ is offering a +15000 price. Yes, they need a lot of help, but they’re doing their part. For example, they’re one of the teams that already beat Ajax.

Individually, keep an eye on Jesper Karlsson, the team’s top scorer with eight goals. He also leads the team in assists with six.

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