Sports Mole Previews Eredivisie Clash between Ajax and FC Volendam
Get ready for an exciting Eredivisie match on Thursday between Ajax and FC Volendam. Sports Mole provides a preview of the game, including predictions, team news, and possible lineups.
John van’t Schip will make his debut as Ajax’s interim head coach when his team faces FC Volendam at the Johan Cruijff Arena. Ajax currently sits at the bottom of the table, experiencing its worst start to a top-flight season. Meanwhile, FC Volendam is just two points ahead of them in 16th place.
Ajax recently announced that John van’t Schip will take charge of the team on an interim basis until the end of the season. Van’t Schip, a former Ajax player, returns to coaching after a two-year break. He is determined to steer Ajax back to success after their disastrous start to the 2023-24 season.
Assistant coach Hedwiges Maduro led Ajax in their last two games, including a 5-2 defeat against PSV Eindhoven. This loss marked Ajax’s fifth consecutive league defeat, a first in their 123-year history. Van’t Schip’s immediate goal is to lead Ajax to victory against Volendam, but even with a win, it may take time for them to climb out of the relegation zone.
Volendam has had a slightly better run in the Eredivisie this season, winning two of their last three matches. After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, they are hoping to avoid another battle at the bottom. However, they have struggled away from home, losing their first four away matches. Their recent draw against Ajax and the fact that they have scored in their last six meetings with the Amsterdam giants could give them confidence going into Thursday’s clash.
Ajax will be without goalkeeper Jay Gorter and defender Devyne Rensch due to injuries. Carlos Forbs and Borna Sosa, who missed the previous game due to knocks, should be available for selection. John van’t Schip may make some changes to the starting lineup, giving opportunities to Jakov Medic, Benjamin Tahirovic, Silvano Vos, Georges Mikautadze, and Chuba Akpom.
For Volendam, Koen Blommestijn, Luke Le Roux, Brian Plat, Joey Antonioli, and Robin Maulun are all nursing injuries. Captain Xavier Mbuyamba, who missed the last game due to illness, is also a doubt for Thursday. Josh Flint could partner with Benaissa Benamar in defense if Mbuyamba is unavailable.
Possible Starting Lineups
- Ajax: Ramaj; Gaaei, Medic, Hato, Sosa; Van den Boomen, Tahirovic, Taylor; Bergwijn, Brobbey, Forbs
- FC Volendam: Backhaus; Ouur, Benamar, Flint, Cox; De Haan, Mirani, Twigt; Ould-Chikh, Muhren, Kuol
We predict an exciting match between Ajax and FC Volendam, with both teams likely to score. Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting over 2.5 goals in this game. For more predictions and tips, click here.
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