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Dec 5, 2020 at 7pm UK at Amsterdam Arena
AjaxAjax
1-2
FC TwenteFC Twente
Tadic (58' pen.)
Gravenberch (83')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Menig (22', 84')

Preview: Ajax vs. FC Twente - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Eredivisie clash between Ajax and FC Twente, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Ajax will host FC Twente on Saturday, as the title holders hope to continue their impressive form in the 2020-21 season, having secured nine wins in their opening 10 games in the Eredivisie.

However, the visitors will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against a struggling RKC Waalwijk side last Friday - recording just their second loss this campaign.


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Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Ajax currently sit at the top of the table, just two points above Vitesse, with the Dutch giants suffering just one defeat this season.

Their last league result ended in a comfortable 5-0 win away at FC Emmen, featuring goals from Davy Klaassen, Zakaria Labyad, Lassina Traore, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp and Quincy Promes.

However, it is by no means surprising that Erik ten Hag's men were able to net five past their latest opponents, with Ajax scoring an astonishing 42 goals in just 10 league games this season.

Despite their superb form in the Eredivisie, they will be hoping to bounce back from a disheartening 1-0 defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday night, with the Dutch outfit currently sitting third in Group D.

However, Ten Hag will be confident heading into Saturday's clash as Ajax have won all of their home games in the league this season, conceding just four times in the process.

Ron Jans, now in charge of FC Twente, pictured in September 2019© Reuters

Meanwhile, Twente have experienced a pretty impressive start to the campaign themselves, claiming five wins and three draws, putting them in fifth spot in the table.

As previously mentioned, they suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss to Waalwijk in their previous league fixture, with the visitors able to claim two goals within the first 30 minutes of the match.

Nevertheless, their away record this season has been modest, picking up seven points from a possible 12.

In terms of their head to head record, Ajax hold the upper hand - winning 24 matches out of 45 games, while Twente have picked up just 10 victories.

They last met in December last year, where Ajax managed a 5-2 triumph against the Tukkers, featuring a hat-trick from Noa Lang.

Ajax Eredivisie form: WWWWWW
Ajax form (all competitions): LWWWWW

FC Twente Eredivisie form: LDWWLW
FC Twente form (all competitions): LDWWLL


Team News

Ajax players celebrate scoring against FC Midtjylland on November 25, 2020© Reuters

Ajax are still without summer signing Mohammed Kudus, with the Ghanaian currently nursing a knee injury and is expected to return next month.

Ten Hag is likely to make a few changes from the side that took on Liverpool in midweek, as the hosts have an important Champions League fixture against Atalanta on Wednesday which will determine their fate in the competition.

Both Labyad and Traore are expected to return to the starting XI, giving the Dutch manager the opportunity to rest the likes of Dusan Tadic.

For Twente, they have a set of injury concerns heading into this important game, with Nathangelo Markelo, Dario Dumic and Jayden Oosterwolde all set to miss the match.

Queensy Menig is also out, after the winger recently tested positive for COVID-19, leaving Twente coach Ron Jans with limited options.

Ajax possible starting lineup:
Onana; Mazraoui, Schuurs, Martinez, Tagliafico; Klaassen, Gravenberch; Promes, Labyad, Neres; Traore

FC Twente possible starting lineup:
Drommel; Ebuehi, Pleguezuelo, Pierie, Smal; Brama, Roemeratoe, Bosch; Cerny, Danilo, Dervisoglu


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We say: Ajax 3-0 FC Twente

Despite their 1-0 loss to Premier League champions Liverpool on Tuesday, Ajax should be able to claim a comfortable win against Twente this weekend. Although Jans's men have been performing well this season, their recent loss against Waalwijk would have dampened their spirits and they will have to face an extremely talented Ajax side this Saturday.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ajax17132258134541
2Vitesse17122331131838
3PSV EindhovenPSV17114241192237
4Feyenoord17105232131935
5AZ AlkmaarAZ1797141251634
6Groningen179442521431
7FC Twente178453324928
8Heerenveen175752526-122
9Sparta RotterdamSparta176382830-221
10FC UtrechtUtrecht174942224-221
11Fortuna SittardSittard175482534-919
12Heracles175391928-918
13PEC Zwolle173861726-917
14VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo174492745-1816
15RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk173591529-1414
16Willem II1724112036-1610
17ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag1724111641-2510
18EmmenEmmen1705121745-285

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