Utrecht-Ajax: Significantly less difficulty in recent years

Next Sunday, Ajax will resume the competition after a break of more than three weeks. Away from FC Utrecht, the Amsterdam team will have to take three points to stay in the footsteps of leaders PSV Eindhoven. This poster is considered by many to be the second toughest away game for Ajax this season. Ironically, the most difficult comes a week later when Ajax visited PSV Eindhoven. A look back recently Editions of Utrecht – Ajax, I have learned, however, that the team from Amsterdam does better in the Dom than one might imagine. Ajax Showtime Put the last five Straight fencing editions.

2016/17: Lacey Shawn

Which Ajax player can’t remember this much? In a grueling match in which Ajax cannot defeat the Utrecht defense, he suddenly gets a penalty after an hour. Nasser Birzeit puts a shot from Amin Younes in the arm and Bjorn Kuipers points strongly to the penalty point. Lasse Schöne may anchor, but miss, to the amusement of the eternally hostile Utrecht crowd. The match appears to end in a 0-0 draw and Ajax threaten to fall further behind in the title race.

So Sean gets his revenge before time in an extraordinary way. With a free kick saved by Hakim Ziyech, the Dane got the ball a few meters outside the penalty area at his feet. He does not hesitate for a moment, attacks and sees the ball fly beautifully, tight in the intersection. Schöne starts running fast across the field with his hands above his ears and finally stops just before the branch, full of frantic Ajax players. Ajax wins 0-1 and Shawn scored the goal of the season. A performance he would have improved in the Classic three months later, but that’s a story for another time.

2017/18: The Beginning of the Ten Hag Reign

The Utrecht-Ajax version in 2017/18 was not particularly memorable because of the goals, because there was none. What made this fencing amazing was the coach who was sitting on the bench at Ajax. This was also around a year ago, but at the time it was on the other side. Eric ten Hag had just moved from Utrecht to Ajax in the middle of the season. No one is predicting the success of Amsterdam’s side at the time of this match. Ajax does not play impressively and does not score. And because she also doesn’t get anything, the game ends with a score of 0-0.

2018/19: Strong end to half season

Eleven months later, everything is different. Ajax weathered the dark 2017/18 season in several ways and qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in more than ten years. The team is also having an excellent season in the league. Ajax can only win two matches and after sixteen rounds it has at least 43 points. However, this is not enough to get an advanced position, because PSV Eindhoven does not win only one match and therefore it is two points away from Ajax in first place.

But Ajax is still doing great, winning every game since the end of September and continuing that streak in the last game before the winter break in Utrecht. Just before Christmas, Ajax took a 0-2 lead thanks to a goal from Kasper Dolberg and a penalty kick used by Dusan Tadic. Just when the match seems to be slowly coming to an end, Utrecht returns thanks to a goal from Nick Venema. In the remaining 20 minutes (including extra time), Hakim Ziyech still has a chance of a thousand per cent, when he can reach the Utrecht goal without being threatened. However, the left man does not succeed in getting the ball into the net, so the tension continues for a while. In the last seconds of the match, Ziyech corrects his mistake with difficulty, when he returns the ball to Frenkie de Jong after a fine action, who can easily push in 1-3.

2019/20: Storm, Corona and Cup

Utrecht-Ajax in the 2019/20 season is an amazing poster in many ways. The Eredivisie match is scheduled for the weekend of February 8 and 9, 2020. However, in the lead up to that weekend, such a violent storm is expected to be called off. Moreover, finding a moment to catch up is not easy as Ajax is still active in the Europa League, and both Ajax and Utrecht have cup responsibilities.

In the semi-finals of the same cup tournament, the capital and Domstedlingen meet at the end. On March 4, a month after the start of the Eredivisie match between Eredivisie. The duel would be one to quickly forget for Ajax. The Amsterdam squad has actually been in poor health since the last matches before the winter break and not a single duel looks like a victory assured in advance. Utrecht-away is one of the last matches you’ll want to see on the calendar at such a time and during the match it becomes clear why. Ajax plays an exciting match and eventually loses with a score of 2-0.

Moreover, the Amsterdam team does not get a chance to take revenge in the Eredivisie. A week after the Cup elimination, professional football, and the rest of life in the world, was halted due to the coronavirus outbreak. Not long after that, the season finally came to an end, the cup final was no longer played and there was no champion. The next edition of FC Utrecht – Ajax will have to wait until next season.

2020/21: Simple victory on an empty stadium

It’s November 2020 and Ajax are in much better shape than the last time they traveled to Domstad. Aside from slipping in Groningen, every Eredivisie match so far has been converted into a win and the goal machine in Amsterdam is working superbly, with 0-13 away on VVV-Venlo being the highlight. Utrecht is facing much more difficulty and winning only twice in the run-up to the match with Ajax. Now the match against the record champion is always one where extra powers are unleashed, in part because of the fans, but these fans are not welcome this time due to the coronavirus.

Thus, Ajax heads off for a quiet afternoon. The team does not seem to give everything, but it dominates the match and has nothing to fear from Utrecht. However, the Amsterdam team does not get many chances and therefore the goals are delayed. Over an hour later, Davy Klassen still took the lead and when Dusan Tadic used a penalty that Lassina Traore won (at the time still Ajax’s number one striker), Erik ten Hag knows the victory has been won. Shortly before the time, substitute Quincy Promes sets the final score at 0-3. Without undue effort, Ajax scored the easiest and biggest victory in Utrecht in years.

Three of the last five

Therefore, there seem to be some nuances in the rankings as to how difficult it will be for Ajax in Utrecht. Victory is certainly not certain, but Ajax have regained three points quite often in recent years. Indeed, for Utrecht’s last Eredivisie victory over Ajax in de Galgenoir, we have to go back to December 2015, when the score was 1-0. Reason enough to look forward to Sunday with confidence as an Ajax player.

Triple your stake to win 3 or more goals

So Ajax doesn’t always score in Utrecht, and Domstedellingen is one of the three teams against whom it has never been possible to score this season. However, the total of Ajax’s top scorer in the Eredivisie has already reached 56 goals and therefore a new high result cannot be ruled out. If you are confident that Ajax will win and score at least three goals, it will more than triple your stake, according to the bet365 bookies. For a win in which Ajax scored at least twice, you get more than double your investment.

Bademba Bari (Twitter: Tweet embed | Email: [email protected])

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