Match preview: De Graafschap favourite to overcome Jong Ajax at Stadion De Vijverberg

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Competition: Netherlands Eerste Divisie
Competition: Fri 26.November
Match begins: 19:00 (UTC)
Venue: Stadion De Vijverberg (12600 seats)

A total of 16 sets of games have been played and both De Graafschap and Jong Ajax are up there with the best. Let's start!

Insights:
  • De Graafschap have the fewest conceded goals in the first half (5) in Eerste Divisie
  • Jong Ajax have the most points from losing position (13) in Eerste Divisie

There has not been much time to rest for the guests, as they played a Eerste Divisie game only four days ago.

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De Graafschap form and stats

3 victories, 3 draws and 2 defeats. That’s what De Graafschap have to build on here at Stadion De Vijverberg in the Eerste Divisie.

Graafschap are returning here after visiting FC Dordrecht in a Eerste Divisie game and winning with a 4-0 scoreline. Danzell Gravenberch, Philip Brittijn, Joey Konings and Jasper Van Heertum scored the goal(s). As mentioned above, De Graafschap "killed" FC Dordrecht in their previous game. They need to reset completely for this one and beware of complacency. Julian Lelieveld, defender, was given a rating of 8.31/10 in that game, top of the team. Lelieveld served one assist, hit two key passes and won 5 of 7 duels.

Before that, De Graafschap drew at home versus Telstar.

The betting market estimate that the home team has about 55-60% chance of winning this match. There could be betting value if you think differently, so to help you here are the stats from De Graafschap's earlier matches at home being 55%-60% favourite: Played five games, won three matches, drawn one and lost one.

Graafschap are certainly not overdoing their scoring at home in league matches, having created 9 goals in 8 games. Graafschap's goalkeeper has had to pick the ball out of their own net 10 times. For more goal stats, check the Statistics tab above. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 1 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 home matches.

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Jong Ajax form and stats

As the visiting team in Eerste Divisie matches, Jong Ajax have produced an overall stat of 4-1-3 so far. Jong love their trips these days, as their two previous away games have resulted in victories.

Jong Ajax are travelling after their nice 2-1 home win in the Eerste Divisie against Roda JC Kerkrade (placed 9th). Jong goalie Jay Gorter was high and low in the Roda JC Kerkrade game, contributing six saves towards the victory. World class coaching! That was the thoughts of manager J. Heitinga when Amourricho van Axel-Dongen scored the winning goal after coming on as a substitute in the 81st minute. Jay Gorter was the team player of the game with the player rating of 7.8. The agile goalkeeper Gorter saved a penalty and stopped the opponent with six saves.

Ahead of that game was the 4-4 draw at home against FC Volendam.

As mentioned above, the odds for this match puts the home team as favourites. Perhaps this eases the pressure on the away team, who are capable of producing an upset here on a good day. Looking at earlier matches with similar odds and Jong playing away, we found three games. Results were zero away wins, two draws and one home win.

The Jong manager J. Heitinga has got the team scoring on the road, with 16 away goals in 8 league matches. Jong's defence is not exactly unbeatable as they have conceded 15 goals from these trips.

Head 2 Head

De Graafschap-Jong Ajax H2H statistics last ten meetings regardless of arena: Graafschap five wins, Jong Ajax three wins, two draws. eight of these ten matches had three or more goals (over 2,5).

Top Goalscorers

Jong AjaxM. de Waal
M. de Waal
9 goals
Jong AjaxN. Ünüvar
N. Ünüvar
8 goals
De GraafschapJ. Konings
J. Konings
5 goals

De Graafschap missing players

Jong Ajax missing players

De Graafschap Jong Ajax
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs top Away Total
16 8 3 Played P 1 8 16
9 3 2 Won W 0 4 9
3 3 0 Drew D 0 1 2
4 2 1 Lost L 1 3 5
27 9 4 Scored S 0 16 39
17 10 4 Conceded C 2 15 29
94% 88% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 100%
88% 75% 67% Over 1.5 O 1.5 100% 100% 100%
69% 50% 67% Over 2.5 O 2.5 0% 75% 88%
25% 25% 33% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 75% 62%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 25% 25%
50% 38% 33% BTTS BTTS 0% 88% 88%
38% 38% 33% Clean Sheets C S 0% 0% 6%
19% 38% 33% Failed to Score F T 100% 12% 6%
 
6.8 7.2 7.7 Corners for (avg) C F 3 4.9 4.4
3.5 2.8 2.3 Corners against (avg) C A 8 3.8 4.7
1.1 1.4 1 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 0 1.8 2
1 1 0 Red cards R C 0 1 1
 
14.3 13.2 12.3 Shots (avg) S ( 12 11.6 12.2
5.9 5.4 4.7 Shots on Target (avg) S O 4 4.4 5.3
28% 21% 29% Goal Efficiency G E 0% 46% 46%
 
7.7 7.2 6.7 Shots against (avg) S A 15 10 9.9
3.2 2.9 3 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 8 5.1 5.1
Key stats in Eerste Divisie this season:
  • All of Jong Ajax's matches have had more than 1,5 goals.
  • De Graafschap have the fewest conceded goals in the first half (5) in Eerste Divisie
  • De Graafschap have won at least twice as many corners as they have conceded at home.
  • Jong Ajax have failed to keep a clean sheet in all their away matches.
  • Jong Ajax have the most points from losing position (13) in Eerste Divisie
  • Jong Ajax haven’t played a single 0-0 game.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 FC Volendam 16 10 5 1 40 22 8 5 2 1 20 12 8 5 3 0 20 10 18 35
2 Excelsior 16 10 2 4 41 23 7 3 2 2 17 11 9 7 0 2 24 12 18 32
3 FC Emmen 16 9 3 4 24 13 7 4 0 3 12 5 9 5 3 1 12 8 11 30
4 De Graafschap 16 9 3 4 27 17 8 3 3 2 9 10 8 6 0 2 18 7 10 30
5 Jong Ajax 16 9 2 5 39 29 8 5 1 2 23 14 8 4 1 3 16 15 10 29
6 ADO Den Haag 16 10 2 4 32 19 7 5 0 2 14 8 9 5 2 2 18 11 13 26
7 FC Eindhoven 16 8 2 6 31 24 7 5 1 1 16 9 9 3 1 5 15 15 7 26
8 FC Den Bosch 16 8 1 7 20 23 9 6 0 3 12 12 7 2 1 4 8 11 -3 25
9 Roda JC Kerkrade 15 6 4 5 28 22 8 2 3 3 13 12 7 4 1 2 15 10 6 22
10 Jong AZ 16 6 3 7 14 16 9 4 2 3 8 7 7 2 1 4 6 9 -2 21
11 MVV Maastricht 15 7 0 8 18 33 7 4 0 3 12 13 8 3 0 5 6 20 -15 21
12 NAC Breda 16 5 5 6 24 22 7 4 2 1 15 6 9 1 3 5 9 16 2 20
13 Jong PSV 16 5 4 7 23 25 9 4 2 3 14 11 7 1 2 4 9 14 -2 19
14 Jong Utrecht 16 5 4 7 20 24 8 3 0 5 8 13 8 2 4 2 12 11 -4 19
15 VVV-Venlo 16 6 1 9 17 22 9 5 1 3 13 10 7 1 0 6 4 12 -5 19
16 Telstar 16 4 5 7 19 34 8 1 3 4 11 20 8 3 2 3 8 14 -15 17
17 Helmond Sport 16 4 3 9 15 27 9 3 1 5 8 16 7 1 2 4 7 11 -12 15
18 Almere City 16 3 4 9 28 36 8 1 2 5 13 19 8 2 2 4 15 17 -8 13
19 FC Oss 16 3 3 10 17 28 8 2 2 4 12 15 8 1 1 6 5 13 -11 12
20 FC Dordrecht 16 2 4 10 18 36 8 1 3 4 8 14 8 1 1 6 10 22 -18 10

Read more about Eerste Divisie

The Eerste Divisie, meaning “First Division”, is the second highest level of football in the Netherlands. 20 teams play two fixtures against each other to form a final league table after 380 games. The winning team is promoted with a creative playoff system deciding whether more teams promote.