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  • February 5, 2012
  • • 11:30
  • • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
  • Referee: D. Makkelie
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Eredivisie Preview: Ajax - Utrecht

Eredivisie Preview: Ajax - Utrecht

PROSHOTS

The Amsterdam side have yet to record their first victory after the winter break and they will be desperate to do just that against their lowly 15th-placed rivals


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

AJAX

Vermeer
Ligeon, Van Rhijn, Blind, Anita
Enoh, Eriksen, Janssen
Sulejmani, De Jong, Ebecilio
UTRECHT

Fernandez
V.d. Maarel, V.d. Hoorn, Wuytens, Bulthuis
Kali, Asare
Duplan, Lilipaly, Takagi
Gerndt

Ajax boss Frank de Boer will still have to make do without the services of long-term injury concerns Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Bruno Silva.

Additionally, defenders Gregory van der Wiel, Andre Ooijer, Toby Alderweireld and Nicolai Boilesen are all unavailable while on the treatment table, as well as winger Derk Boerrigter.

Finally, Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen is suspended following his yellow card against Feyenoord last week.

Utrecht coach Jan Wouters will be without the injured Rob van Dijk, Daan Bovenberg, Jacob Mulenga and Adam Sarota.

Furthermore, striker Leon de Kogel is unlikely to feature due to illness, while Cedric van der Gun lacks match rhythm.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Ajax, last season's league winners, are currently sitting joint-fourth in the Eredivisie table with 34 points from 19 matches.

  • Vurnon Anita, Kenneth Vermeer and Christian Eriksen are the only three Ajax players who have appeared in all 19 Eredivisie games so far.
  • Promising youngster Stefano Denswil could make his first-team debut on Sunday.
  • Utrecht are the league's 15th-placed side at the moment with 18 points from 19 games.
  • The visitors have won only one of their 10 away games so far this Eredivisie campaign.
  • The away side have not won a single game since their 6-4 victory over Ajax in November 2011.

Players to watch

T. Janssen

Position: Midfielder

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The flamboyant midfielder has been unable to replicate his stellar form from 2010-11 since joining Ajax from Twente last summer and Janssen will be determined to prove his worth on Sunday after a few disappointing performances. The playmaker is his side's most experienced player and head coach Frank de Boer will expect Janssen to show his younger team-mates the way.

A. Gerndt

Position: Attacker

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The Swedish striker is one of the most expensive transfers in Utrecht's history, but has so far failed to successfully replace Ricky van Wolfswinkel up front. Gerndt has netted only once in this Eredivisie campaign and will have to improve if he is to hold on to his starting berth in the next few weeks.

Editor's Prediction

Games between the two regional rivals are traditionally full of spectacle and, although a repeat of the 10-goal thriller from November 2011 seems impossible, it's likely that there will be plenty of action on Sunday. Ajax are without their entire first-choice defence due to injury and suspension, while Utrecht also miss several first-team regulars at the back. The Amsterdam giants' class in midfield and attack will probably prove to be too much for the Domstedelingen, though.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Ajax

Utrecht

Wins
1
3
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AFC Ajax AJX
AFC Ajax Ajax
Draw
FC Utrecht UTR
FC Utrecht Utrecht
74%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

AFC Ajax AJX
2 - 0
FC Utrecht UTR
AFC Ajax AJX
2 - 1
FC Utrecht UTR
AFC Ajax AJX
3 - 0
FC Utrecht UTR

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