Ajax vs FC Groningen Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Ajax vs FC Groningen Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

The last season’s runner-ups Ajax will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they welcome FC Groningen at the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday at lunchtime for the second round of the new Eredivisie season. Ajax threw away a one-goal lead following Hakim Ziyech’s goal to succumb to a 2-1 defeat on the road at Heracles. On the other hand, FC Groningen fought back from two-goals down to secure a 3-3 home draw against SC Heerenveen thanks to a brace from Mimoun Mahi and another goal from Lars Veldwijk. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Ajax looked terrible over the past few weeks, while FC Groningen showed some great fighting spirit last weekend. Ajax are undefeated in 20 home meetings with Groningen across all competitions and they should be able to grab all three points here, but I’m also fancying Groningen to find the back of the net.

Both teams to score - Yes at 4/5

Ajax and Over 3.5 goals at 13/10

Ajax saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Ajax saw over 1.5 goals in 10 out of their last 10 games played against FC Groningen

FC Groningen saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

FC Groningen saw over 1.5 goals in 10 out of their last 10 games played against Ajax

AVG Goals

2.1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Ajax Form Guide

Ajax Team Logo

Ajax

Won

7

Draw

0

Lost

3
L A

04-03-2018

Eredivisie

Vitesse Team Logo Vitesse

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

11-03-2018

Eredivisie

SC Heerenveen Team Logo SC Heerenveen

FT 4 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

18-03-2018

Eredivisie

Sparta Rotterdam Team Logo Sparta Rotterdam

FT 2 - 5

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

01-04-2018

Eredivisie

FC Groningen Team Logo FC Groningen

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

08-04-2018

Eredivisie

Heracles Team Logo Heracles

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

15-04-2018

Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven Team Logo PSV Eindhoven

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

19-04-2018

Eredivisie

VVV-Venlo Team Logo VVV-Venlo

FT 4 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

W H

29-04-2018

Eredivisie

AZ Alkmaar Team Logo AZ Alkmaar

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

06-05-2018

Eredivisie

Excelsior Team Logo Excelsior

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

11-05-2018

Club Friendlies

Al Ahly Team Logo Al Ahly

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

FC Groningen Form Guide

FC Groningen Team Logo

FC Groningen

Won

4

Draw

4

Lost

2
D A

04-03-2018

Eredivisie

FC Twente Team Logo FC Twente

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

11-03-2018

Eredivisie

PEC Zwolle Team Logo PEC Zwolle

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

18-03-2018

Eredivisie

AZ Alkmaar Team Logo AZ Alkmaar

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

22-03-2018

Club Friendlies

Groen Geel

FT 8 - 0

(HT 4 - 0)

L H

01-04-2018

Eredivisie

Ajax Team Logo Ajax

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

08-04-2018

Eredivisie

SC Heerenveen Team Logo SC Heerenveen

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

15-04-2018

Eredivisie

Roda JC Kerkrade Team Logo Roda JC Kerkrade

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

19-04-2018

Eredivisie

FC Utrecht Team Logo FC Utrecht

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

29-04-2018

Eredivisie

Excelsior Team Logo Excelsior

FT 4 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

06-05-2018

Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven Team Logo PSV Eindhoven

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Ajax Preview

Ajax were stunned by Heracles in the opening round of the new Eredivisie season last weekend as they suffered a 2-1 defeat, although they took the lead just before the hour mark. Furthermore, the Amsterdammers followed this up with another disappointing defeat, as they lost 0-1 at home at the hands of Rosenborg in midweek in the first leg of their Europa League play-offs tie. Prior to this result, they have been knocked out from the Champions League third qualifying round following a 3-3 aggregate draw against Nice. This means that Ajax are now on a six-game winless streak across all competitions and have only won once since their 0-2 loss at the hands of Manchester United in the Europa League final back in May. Conceding has been Ajax’s main issue over the past month, as they have allowed at least two goals in five of their last seven games across all competitions. Their recent home form has let them down also as they have only won once in their last five home fixtures across all competitions. The good news is that the Amsterdammers are undefeated in their 20 home meetings with FC Groningen, winning 18 of these.

Ajax Team News

Norbert Alblas, Mateusz Gorski, Abdelhak Nouri and Indy Groothuizen are all doubts ahead of this tie.

FC Groningen Preview

On the contrary, FC Groningen showed great fighting spirit to fight back from two goals down and to grab a point from their 3-3 home draw against SC Heerenveen last weekend. Ernest Faber’s men have also struggled to keep the ball out of their own net recently, conceding at least two goals in each of their last five games across all competitions. The good news is that Mimoun Mahi is enjoying another solid Eredivisie campaign as he netted a brace last weekend, but the summer signing Lars Veldwijk has also looked sharp going forward. The 25-year-old player joined the club from Kortrijk this summer and he has already found the back of the net on his debut. Groningen have endured a mixed run of form over the past eight months as they have won five, lost six and draw four of their last 15 away games across all competitions. Actually, Groningen have only won two of their last nine away games in the Eredivisie. Head-to-head, Groningen are winless in their last five meetings with Ajax in the Eredivisie, but they managed to hold the Amsterdammers to a 1-1 draw in the most recent game between these two.

FC Groningen Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns for Groningen ahead of this trip.

Ajax Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.3

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

FC Groningen Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Ajax vs FC Groningen Sidelined Players

Ajax
8 Daley Sinkgraven Injured
FC Groningen

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Andre Onana 190 82
35 RB Mitchell Dijks 194 93
26 CD Nick Viergever 183 78
4 CD Matthijs de Ligt 187 80
3 LB Joel Veltman 182 73
10 CM Hakim Ziyech 181 65
6 CM Donny van de Beek 181 76
21 CM Frenkie de Jong 178 68
45 LF Justin Kluivert 175 67
9 CF Klaas Jan Huntelaar 186 83
17 RF Vaclav Cerny 178 68
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Sergio Padt 197 82
3 CD Kasper Larsen 190 83
21 RB Django Warmerdam 180 66
6 CD Etienne Reijnen 189 80
4 LB Mike te Wierik 191 73
10 CM Mimoun Mahi 181 70
17 CM Jesper Drost 175 75
23 CM Ajdin Hrustic 183 74
8 CDM Ruben Yttergaard Jenssen 173 71
7 CDM Juninho Bacuna 185 75
9 CF Lars Veldwijk 196 91