Eredivisie Preview | Round 11

Round 11 of the Eredivisie begins with Heracles playing host to unbeaten league leaders PSV Eindhoven at the Erve Asito stadium on Saturday evening. PSV will be hoping to make it 11 wins out of 11, having come off the back of a 5-2 victory against a struggling Ajax side. PSV pair Joey Veerman and Luuk de Jong both currently sit at the top of the assist charts, also shared with Feyenoord’s Calvin Stengs on 6 assists so far this season, and both will be hoping to maintain their position in top spot and clinch the three points for the league leaders.

At the same time as the match between Heracles and PSV, second placed AZ Alkmaar travel to seventh placed Excelsior. AZ have played one game less than the teams around them, due to the suspension of their previous game following the incident involving Bas Dost in the 90th minute. Greek international Vangelis Pavlidis is top of the goalscoring charts with 14 goals after only 9 Eredivisie games, AZ will be hoping he can help them gain the three points and take the team closer to leaders PSV, having a game in hand over the team in top spot.

Feyenoord striker Santiago Giménez will be hoping to help his team out and continue his fine start to the season, the Mexican is currently second in the top scorer charts with 13 goals, one behind Alkmaar’s Pavlidis. The Rotterdammers travel to RKC Waalwijk on Saturday evening, the reigning champions are currently fourth in the Eredivisie, seven points from top spot. Despite a good start to their Champions League campaign which finds the club top of their group, they will be hoping to improve their league position and fight to win the Eredivisie for a second successive season. The final game on Saturday sees Go Ahead Eagles host Vitesse at De Adelaarshorst. Go Ahead Eagles are currently in fifth position in the league, but the gap to fourth placed Feyenoord is quite substantial, Feyenoord have 23 points while Go Ahead are eight points less on 15 after 10 games.

The first game on Sunday sees third placed FC Twente travel to FC Utrecht with the visitors comfortably expected to come away with all three points against the side at the bottom of the table. Utrecht have only managed one win this season, coming against Hercales and a famous win against Ajax two weeks ago but, with the team on a two game unbeaten streak, manager Ron Jans will be hoping to maintain their positive form against the club he was managing last season.

Following their suspended game last weeked, NEC Nijmegen host 17th place FC Volendam at the Goffertstadion on Sunday afternoon. Even though Nijmegen will be without their striker Bas Dost they will be hoping they can use the events of last week in a positive manner to take all three points from the match. A win for Volendam on the other hand would move them away from the bottom of the table, a win would take them to 10 points, which is currently how many points SC Heerenveen have who sit in 10th position in the table.

Heerenveen also play on Sunday afternoon, they take on AFC Ajax who are fresh off the back of a win against FC Volendam on Thursday evening. Under the new interim management of former Ajax player John van’t Schip, the Amsterdammers will be hoping they can turn their season around and start climbing up the table with a win against Heerenveen. The final games of the weekend see PEC Zwolle travel to Fortuna Sittard, while 6th placed Sparta Rotterdam host Almere FC

GBeNeFN | Max Mumford

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