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Jan 14, 2021 at 7pm UK at De Grolsch Veste
FC TwenteFC Twente
1-3
AjaxAjax
Pleguezuelo (84')
Rots (81')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Haller (7'), Huntelaar (90', 90+1')

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

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

Ajax make the trip to FC Twente on Thursday evening looking to record their first Eredivisie victory in three matches.

Meanwhile, the home side welcome the leaders to De Grolsch Veste having recorded three wins from five matches, a run which has kept the club in contention for the top five.


Match preview

Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Given Ajax's recent dominance of the domestic scene, recording two successive draws feels like a considerable setback for everyone associated with the Dutch giants.

However, including the defeat to Twente before Christmas, it leaves Erik ten Hag with genuine questions to answer regarding his side's form.

On the positive side, a stirring comeback which involved new signing Sebastien Haller secured a 2-2 draw with rivals PSV Eindhoven at the weekend.

Nevertheless, the bigger picture shows Ajax conceding seven goals in their last five top flight games when PSV and Feyenoord have been closing the gap at the top.

With Feyenoord to come on Sunday, Ten Hag and his players are aware that they could soon find themselves in third place if they do not improve at the back over their next two matches.

Having only suffered defeat to Twente as recently as December 5, they will also be motivated to ensure that their next opponents do not record a rare double.

Twente have endured an indifferent period since their shock win in Amsterdam, losing home matches to AZ Alkmaar and Sparta Rotterdam and winning on their travels against VVV-Venlo and Emmen.

Ron Jans has been left frustrated by the inconsistencies of a squad who have suggested on occasions that they should be sitting higher than their current sixth position.

They have now gone four matches without recording a home victory in the Eredivisie, a period stretching all the way back to October 31.

FC Twente Eredivisie form: LWLWLW

Ajax Eredivisie form: WLWWDD
Ajax form (all competitions): LWWWDD


Team News

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

Haller is in line to make his first start for Ajax, taking the place of Zakaria Labyad in attack.

With Feyenoord to come three days later, the likes of Lisandro Martinez and Edson Alvarez could be drafted back into the team if Ten Hag rotates his squad.

Having taken the opportunity to rest players during the closing stages of the 4-1 win at Emmen, Jans could opt to select the same starting lineup.

However, Twente top goalscorer Danilo is pushing for a recall, and that could see Luka Ilic drop down to the substitutes' bench.

FC Twente possible starting lineup:
Drommel; Ebuehi, Pleguezuelo, Pierie, Oosterwolde; Roemeratoe, Zerrouki, Bosch; Cerny, Danilo, Menig

Ajax possible starting lineup:
Onana; Mazraoui, Schuurs, Blind, Tagliafico; Alvarez, Gravenberch; Antony, Klaassen, Tadic; Haller


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We say: FC Twente 1-2 Ajax

While Twente will be confident of extending Ajax's winless streak, they will also be aware that the leaders will be determined to retain hold of first place. With that in mind, we expect the visitors to battle their way to a hard-earned three points at De Grolsch Veste.


Top betting tip

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How you voted: FC Twente vs Ajax

FC Twente
15.8%
Draw
17.3%
Ajax
66.9%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ajax16122257134438
2Feyenoord16105132122035
3Vitesse16112327121535
4PSV EindhovenPSV16104236162034
5AZ AlkmaarAZ1687139241531
6Groningen169342319430
7FC Twente168353122927
8Sparta RotterdamSparta166372525021
9Heerenveen165652425-121
10FC UtrechtUtrecht163942024-418
11Heracles165381926-718
12PEC Zwolle163851724-717
13Fortuna SittardSittard164482334-1116
14VVV-VenloVVV-Venlo164392644-1815
15RKC WaalwijkRKC Waalwijk163491428-1413
16ADO Den HaagADO Den Haag1624101539-2410
17Willem II1623111935-169
18EmmenEmmen1605111641-255

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