Betting on Eredivisie
On this page we provide you with all information about the Dutch Eredivisie. We show you how you can successfully and systematically bet on Holland’s Eredivisie and what makes up the top teams like Ajax, PSV or Feyenoord!
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In Eredivisie, the top division in Dutch professional football, 18 teams play out the championship title in 34 rounds. The title race is mostly a matter for the top 3 clubs in Dutch football because it is rare for another club to break the dominance of Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord Rotterdam. The top clubs in Holland have had many international successes in the past, with Ajax in particular keeping up with the absolute top teams of Europe in the last century. Strong youth development and an attacking style of play make Eredivisie an interesting and entertaining league.
Ajax Amsterdam – Betting on the record champions
Betting Tipps Ajax
- In den letzten 14 von 15 Auswärtsspiele des Ajax ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
- Ajax hat die letzten 18 von 20 Heimspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- In den letzten 7 von 8 Heimspiele hat Ajax mehr als ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 14 von 17 Heimspiele des Ajax sind mehr als 2 Tore gefallen.
- In den letzten 4 von 5 Spiele hat Ajax mehr als 2 Tore geschossen.
With 34 championship titles, Ajax Amsterdam is the most successful Dutch football club. Since the establishment of the Eredivisie, Ajax has always played in the top division without interruption and has repeatedly caused amazement, both nationally and internationally.
According to the German football magazine Kicker, Ajax was the second most successful European club of the 20th century, since in addition to the domestic trophies, several trophies also went to the Dutch capital in the European Cup. The Dutch record champion won the European Champion’s Cup four times, one of these four victories also being won in the age of the Champions League. In the 1994-95 season Ajax won the Champions League final against AC Milan 1-0 after Kluivert contributed the only goal of the game in the 85th minute. The remaining three European Cup victories were won successively between 1971 and 1973. In this golden era, Ajax was the strongest team in Europe, being coached by Rinus Michels and Stefan Kovács.
Ajax’ style of play in those days is still considered legendary, because the so-called Totaalvoetbal, the “total football”, was absolutely revolutionary. Up to this point, the defenders were more or less only on the field to defend and the offensive forces to attack. At Totaalvoetbal, the players moved into the positions of their side men and the entire team attacked and defended together in the group.
Even today, Ajax primarily stands for well-kept attacking football and excellent work in youth development. Hardly any other club has brought out as many of its own world-class players as the Dutch club. Johan Cruyff, for example, is still considered one of the best footballers of all time and was one of the main players responsible in the 1970s that “total football” worked so well on the pitch. But Ajax continued to produce world stars in the 80s and 90s. Dennis Bergkamp, Marco van Basten, Patrick Kluivert, Wesley Sneijder, Clarence Seedorf, Frank Rijkaard, Frank de Boer and Edwin van der Sar are just a few of the names that have burned themselves into the memories of football fans forever.
Since the Dutch record champions still rely on a very offensive style of play, over-betting on Ajax games is always interesting, especially since the performance gap in the Eredivisie is quite high and the Amsterdamers are often several classes stronger than their opponents.
PSV Eindhoven – Betting on PSV
Betting Tipps PSV
- In den letzten 19 von 20 Auswärtsspiele hat PSV zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 19 von 20 Spiele des PSV ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 11 von 12 Heimspiele des PSV ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
- PSV hat die letzten 17 von 20 Auswärtsspiele nicht verloren.
- PSV hat die letzten 14 von 17 Heimspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
Like the great rival Ajax, PSV Eindhoven has been consistently participating since the Eredivisie was founded and, along with the record champions and Feyenoord, is one of the “top 3 teams” in Dutch football. The club does not have as many trophies in its club museum as Ajax, but the 24 championship titles are also quite impressive. In addition, PSV won the UEFA Cup in the 1977-78 season and exactly ten years later even the European Cup of national champions. On May 25, 1988, the Dutch prevailed in the final against Benfica narrowly on penalties with 6-5 after no goal was scored in regular time. The club was founded in 1913 by employees of the Philips group and the company is still closely connected to the club, which can also be seen in their stadium name.
PSV Eindhoven also had world-famous players in its rows in the course of the club’s history. Brazilians Ronaldo and Romario also played for the Boeren, as did Arjen Robben, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. But there were also absolute world stars in other parts of the team, such as the tough center-back Jaap Stam, the gifted long-range specialist and defender Ronald Koeman and the 101-times international Phillip Cocu.
Feyenoord – Betting on the Boys from Rotterdam
Betting Tipps Feyenoord
- In den letzten 12 von 13 Heimspiele des Feyenoord ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- Feyenoord hat die letzten 18 von 20 Heimspiele nicht verloren.
- Feyenoord hat die letzten 8 von 9 Auswärtsspiele nicht gewonnen.
- In den letzten 17 von 20 Heimspiele hat Feyenoord zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- Feyenoord hat die letzten 11 von 13 Heimspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
In addition to Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord is one of the top 3 clubs in the Dutch Eredivisie. The club, which presents itself as a proud working-class club, celebrated a total of 15 national championship titles and had its best time in the 1960s and 1970s, when two European Cup victories were achieved in addition to national successes. In the 1969-70 season, Feyenoord won the European Champion’s Cup, and in 1973-74 the club successfully prevailed against all other teams in the UEFA Cup. The UEFA Cup victory was repeated again in the 2001-02 season when the club won the final at home in De Kuip 3-2 against Borussia Dortmund.
Feyenoord can also say that many world stars wore the red-and-white striped jersey. Ruud Gullit, Robin van Persie, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Georginio Wijnaldum are just a few of the well-known names that went on title hunts for the Rotterdam side. For example, Ronald Koeman and Johan Cruyff ended their careers at Feyenoord.
AZ Alkmaar – Betting on AZ
Betting Tipps AZ Alkmaar
- In den letzten 19 von 20 Spiele des AZ Alkmaar ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 19 von 20 Auswärtsspiele des AZ Alkmaar ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- AZ Alkmaar hat die letzten 18 von 19 Spiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- AZ Alkmaar hat die letzten 8 von 9 Spiele nicht verloren.
- AZ Alkmaar hat die letzten 16 von 18 Auswärtsspiele nicht verloren.
AZ Alkmaar is nowhere near as successful as the big three clubs from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven. Nevertheless, AZ was able to set one or two national and international exclamation marks. The club won the Eredivisie twice (1981 and 2009), four times the national cup and even made it to the UEFA Cup final after their first championship winning season, when the club lost out against Ipswich Town.
In the mid-1980s, the club experienced a financial and sporting crisis when co-owner Cees Molenaar died. In 1988 the club relegated to the second division and spent the next ten years mostly in the Eerste Divisie before businessman Dirk Scheringa revived the club financially and also strengthened it in terms of sport.
The record scorer in the club is the Dutchman Kees Kist, who scored 150 goals in 210 games and thus leads the eternal list of goal scorers with a 92 goal lead over Barry van Galen! Jozy Altidore (51), Robin Nelisse (49) and Wout Weghorst (45) also contributed numerous goals for AZ.
Great games in the Dutch Eredivisie
The biggest games in the Eredivisie are the duels of the top teams, as these matches often decide the title race. The duel between Ajax and Feyenoord stands out particularly.
Ajax – Feyenoord: Betting on De Klassieker
- 09.05.21 Feyenoord
- 17.01.21 Feyenoord
- 27.10.19 Feyenoord
Betting Tipps - Feyenoord
- Im letzten Spiel sind mehr als 2 Tore gefallen.
- In den letzten 3 Spiele gab es stets einen Sieger.
There is no greater rivalry in the Eredivisie than that between Ajax and Feyenoord. To understand why the two clubs are such big competitors, we have to take a closer look at the history of the two cities. The rivalry between Amsterdam and Rotterdam dates back to the 13th century and the two cities still stand for completely contrary philosophies and views.
Amsterdam has always been a city in which culture played a major role and which was home to numerous artists. To a certain extent, this can also be seen on the pitch, because Ajax stands for well-kept attacking football and in the past strived for a technically perfect and nice style of play. Rotterdam is the opposite of that. In the largest port city of Europe, hard and honest work has always counted more and this also reflects on the football field. The Feyenoord fans want to see their team fighting first and foremost and despise the technically high-class but disembodied Ajax football, which they like to call boastful. This expression from the Netherlands reflects the differences between the two teams: “Amsterdam dreams, Rotterdam works.”
Due to the rivalry between the two cities, the duels between the two teams were controversial from the start. The clashes got really hot in the 1970s, when the two teams were among the best teams in the world. In the 1983-84 season, Ajax legend Johan Cruyff was transferred to the Rotterdam rivals after he quarreled with the Ajax officials during the contract negotiations. Ajax didn’t want to tie up Cruyff’s contract long-term due to his age and his departure made both fan camps angry. The Ajax fans could not believe that their greatest club legend switched to Feyenoord, where Cruyff was also not received warmly by the fans. The game ended with an 8-2 win for Ajax, which is still the biggest defeat for a team in this match.
However, Feyenoord won both the league and the cup this season, making this humiliation forgotten. In the eternal record of results, Ajax has a clear lead. To this day, the games between the two teams are extremely exciting and entertaining. Both teams usually play for victory in this prestige duel and there are many goals regularly, so over-betting is always an interesting option.
Unfortunately, as part of this exciting duel, there are always riots between the fans of the two teams, which reached their inglorious summit on March 23, 1997, when the S.C.F. Feyenoord’s hooligans met Ajax’s F-side, which ended with the death of Carlo Picorniem, an Ajax hooligan. At the beginning of 2009, the mayors of Amsterdam and Rotterdam agreed that this duel would not allow away fans in either city.
PSV Eindhoven – Ajax: Betting on “The Topper”
Betting Tipps -
- Bei den letzten beiden direkten Duellen gab es keinen Sieger.
- Bei den letzten zwei Partien haben beide Teams getroffen
- In den letzten beiden Spiele ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
The games between PSV Eindhoven and Ajax Amsterdam have become more explosive, especially in recent decades, as the two clubs came closer together in terms of strength and Eindhoven became Ajax’s biggest competitor. However, the rivalry between the two clubs is not as great as the rivalry between Feyenoord and Ajax, since the two cities are also not so strongly in competition with each other.
Even in the duel between the two most successful teams in the Netherlands, there are many goals and almost no goalless draws. There was only one 0-0 tie between the first duel in 1928 and 2005! Even if a game without goals is more likely these days than 70 years ago, you should also aim for an over bet in this top Dutch game.
Three clubs in one city – Betting on the Rotterdam derbies
Rotterdam is the only city in the Netherlands that three professional football clubs call their home. The biggest of these clubs is of course Feyenoord, who is among the top 3 teams in the Netherlands. In addition to the Ajax rival, Rotterdam is also the home town of Excelsior and Sparta. Otherwise there is only one other city in the Netherlands, Eindhoven, where there is more than one professional club, with PSV rarely meeting FC Eindhoven, as they usually compete in the Eerste Divisie, Holland’s second division.
The situation in Rotterdam is therefore exceptional for Dutch conditions, as there are seasons in which all three clubs participate in the top division. With six championship titles, Sparta is the most successful club in Rotterdam after Feyenoord and, as it was founded in 1888, is the oldest professional club in the Netherlands. The duel between Feyenoord and Sparta is the largest city derby in Rotterdam, but it has lost a bit of explosiveness in the past few decades, as Feyenoord was the more successful team by far and Ajax became a major archenemy.
Information about the Dutch Eredivisie
Here you will find further interesting information about the Eredivisie, which gives you an overview of the current balance of power.
Stadiums of the Eredivisie
- Ajax have been playing their home games in the Johan Cruyff Arena since July 1, 2018, which was called the Amsterdam Arena until 2018. 54,990 fans find space in this beautiful football temple.
- The official name of the second largest stadium in the Netherlands is Stadion Feijenoord, but Feyenoord’s home is better known as “De Kuip”, which translates to “The Tub”. 51,117 supporters have space to watch the games of the workers’ club. The stadium, built in 1937, was modernized and expanded as part of the 2000 European Championship, which took place in the Netherlands and Belgium.
- PSV Eindhoven plays their home games in the third largest stadium of the Eredivisie. Around 35,000 fans fit into the Philips Stadium, which is simply called the PSV Stadium in international matches, making it the smallest stadium of the top 3 clubs in the Netherlands.
- The FC Twente Enschede stadium is the fourth largest venue in the Dutch league. De Grolsch Veste, which means “The Grolsch Fortress”, can hold 30,205 spectators. In 2011 the capacity was increased from 24,000 seats to 30,205, but two construction workers died during the modernization when a grandstand roof collapsed.
The most successful clubs
Since football was played professionally in the Netherlands, there were only five seasons where another team than Ajax, PSV or Feyenoord won the title. If we include the amateur era, there are numerous other champions and even another club that achieved a double-digit number of championships won.
1. Ajax (34)
2. PSV Eindhoven (24)
3. Feyenoord (15)
4. HVV Den Haag (10)
5. Sparta Rotterdam (6)
6. Go Ahead Eagles (4)
7. Willem II (3)
7. HBS Craeyenhout (3)
9. AZ Alkmaar (2)
9. ADO den Haag (2)
9. Heracles Almelo (2)
9. Racing Club Heemstede (2)
FC Twente, VV DOS, AFC Door Wilskracht Sterk and Roda JC Kerkrade won a single title in a Dutch professional league.
There are also a lot of clubs that could celebrate a championship title in the amateur era: Be Quick 1887, FC Den Bosch, HFC Haarlem, AVV De Volewijckers, FC Eindhoven, HFC Haarlem, SV Limburgia, NAC Breda, HV & CV Quick, SV Schiedamse Voetbal Verenigingen, VV Concordia and SC Enschede all won a title!
Current balance of power
As already mentioned, the Eredivisie championship title is mostly made up of the top 3 teams Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord. Between the seasons 2016-17 and 2018-19, each of the three teams won exactly one championship, which guarantees a certain amount of excitement in the Eredivisie. In contrast to the past, Feyenoord now rarely manages to become dangerous for the other two clubs in the battle for the championship and in the past few decades the championship duel has often resulted in a duel between Ajax and PSV.
The fact that a fourth club ends up at the top of the season is an absolute exception. FC Twente Enschede managed to do so in the 2009-10 season under coach Steve McClaren, a year before AZ Alkmaar became champion under Louis van Gaal. These two successive seasons can certainly be considered an anomaly, since the last championship title before that, which did not go to Ajax, PSV or Feyenoord, was also AZ – but in the 1980-81 season!
The quality difference between Ajax, PSV and the smaller teams in the league has been very large over the past few years, which is of course also related to the different financial possibilities. Ajax can regularly calculate with income from the UEFA Champions League and achieves immensely high transfer fees for its key players on the transfer market. Since the Eredivisie traditionally is a “high scoring league”, over-betting and handicap picks on the top 3 teams are generally a good betting strategy.
The Eredivisie record players
The three players with the most appearances in the highest Dutch division are all goalkeepers. Pim Doesburg completed a total of 687 games between 1962 and 1987, playing 463 times for Sparta Rotterdam and winning a trophy with the oldest club in the Netherlands. But he was more successful in his 215 games for PSV Eindhoven, with which he was able to celebrate championship titles in 1985-86 and 1986-87.
Jan Jongbloed only completed three games less than Doesburg. His 684 games are spread across four clubs, with him winning a championship title with the AFC DWS in 1963-64. Piet Schrijvers is a bit behind in third place with 576 appearances. However, the 46-times international is the most successful of the three goalkeepers and won five championships with Ajax as a regular starter.
Jongbloed and Schrijvers were also the two goalkeepers that the Austrian coach Ernst Happel relied on at the 1978 World Cup. At first he put his trust in Jongbloed, who made some mistakes in the 2-3 loss in the last group game against Scotland. Happel went on to Schrijvers, who then was injured in his third games and therefor failed to play in the final. Jongbloed was back in goal in the final against Argentina and could not prevent his team from losing 1-3 after extra time.
The best goal scorers of the Eredivisie
Former PSV striker Willy van der Kuijlen is Number One among the top scorers in the Dutch league. In 18 years, the attacker scored 308 goals in 528 appearances before ending his career in Maastricht, where he scored three more goals.
Striker Ruud Geels split his 266 goals across several clubs. He played for each of the top 3 teams and became champion with both Feyenoord and Ajax. Although he was top scorer in the league every time between 1975 and 1978, Ernst Happel did not take him to Argentina for the 1978 World Cup.
Ajax legend Johan Cruyff is in third place. The attacking midfielder, who died in 2016, would certainly have scored more than his 216 championship goals if he hadn’t moved abroad. With a goal average of 0.7 goals per game, he is ahead of van der Kuijlen (0.57) and Geels (0.68).