De Graafschap vs Ajax Match Analysis & Prediction
02/03/2023 11:00 pm
The quarter-final stage of the KNVB Beker takes place this week, with Ajax making the trip to the Stadion De Vijverberg to face De Graafschap on Thursday night.
While the hosts have won successive matches in the Eerste Divisie heading into the contest, the visitors got back to winning ways in their most recent Eredivisie game.
De Graafschap have won two consecutive matches heading into Thursday’s fixture, and even more impressively they have kept clean sheets in both of them.
Their most recent performance saw them earn a 4-0 victory over FC Eindhoven, with Camiel Neghli scoring a hat-trick to ensure they took all three points.
Adrie Poldervaart’s side will also take confidence from the fact that they have been stronger at home throughout this season, winning most of their matches in front of their own fans.
Meanwhile, Ajax are currently in the hunt for the Eredivisie title, sitting second in the table, although continuing to push for silverware outside of the league is important for the club.
Ajax might have been knocked out of the Europa League, but they responded to that by beating Vitesse in their most recent game. However, they had to come from behind to secure that result, as Davy Klaassen and Edson Alvarez sealing the 2-1 win.
John Heitinga’s side are yet to concede a single goal in this competition, putting together dominant performances that they will be hoping to continue on Thursday to secure a spot in the final four.
De Graafschap vs. Ajax Head to head
In the 32 previous meetings between these two teams, Ajax have claimed 25 victories while they have drawn in seven. De Graafschap have scored 18 goals and conceded 101 in the process.
23/09/2015Ajax2De Graafschap0KNVB Beker
De Graafschap Team News
Off the back of a 4-0 victory, Poldervaart could opt to retain the same De Graafschap starting lineup to provide consistency and tap into the momentum behind them.
Camiel Neghli could retain his place in the number 10 role after scoring three goals at the weekend, while Devin Haen is expected to feature as he has been spearheading the attack for the hosts.
De Graafschap's Last 5 Matches
03/02/2023De Graafschap0Telstar1Eerste Divisie
07/02/2023De Graafschap3De Treffers0KNVB Beker
10/02/2023NAC Breda2De Graafschap0Eerste Divisie
19/02/2023De Graafschap2Roda JC0Eerste Divisie
24/02/2023Eindhoven0De Graafschap4Eerste Divisie
Ajax Team News
Both Ahmet Kaplan and Youri Baas are set to miss out for Ajax and they have been long-term problems for the visitors.
While John Heitinga could opt to switch up his squad, it is likely going to be a strong team that is displayed to give themselves the best chance of progression.
Ajax's Last 5 Matches
16/02/2023Ajax0Union Berlin0Europa League
23/02/2023Union Berlin3Ajax1Europa League
De Graafschap vs. Ajax: Odds and Predictions
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