Two unbeaten sides go head-to-head in the Eredivisie when defending champions Ajax welcome Vitesse to Amsterdam on Saturday evening (8 PM kick-off).
Erik ten Hag’s side haven’t looked their swaggering best despite picking up maximum points from their opening two league outings, the first of which at Sparta Rotterdam saw them play with 10 men for just over an hour. That being said, they’ve generally been imperious at home since Ten Hag has taken charge.
Vitesse will be looking to become only the third opposition side — after Willem II and AZ — to leave a league game at the Johan Cruyff Arena with all three points. It’s not a new achievement as the Arnhem-based club have managed to pull this off three times across their last seven visits to the Dutch capital.
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- UK: Premier Sports 2
- US: ESPN+
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Ajax & Vitesse’s previous line-ups:
- Ajax (vs RKC Waalwijk): Onana; Mazraoui, Schuurs, Blind, Martínez; Kudus, Álvarez; Antony, Promes, Tadic; Labyad.
- Vitesse (vs Sparta Rotterdam): Pasveer; Doekhi, Hajek, Bazoer; Dasa, Tannane, Bruns, Bero, Wittek; Darfalou, Openda.
Nicolás Tagliafico returns for the Dutch champions after sitting out their win over RKC Waalwijk due to suspension. Ryan Gravenberch, who missed the same game through illness, should return to Erik ten Hag’s squad. Jacob Rasmussen is a doubt for the visitors.
Players to watch:
- Ajax: It felt like a coming-out party last weekend for Ghanian midfielder, Mohammed Kudus, who made his official Johan Cruyff Arena debut for the 34-time Dutch champions. The 20-year-old effectively assumed Donny van de Beek’s role for the Amsterdammers and though he wasn’t directly involved in any of Ajax’s three goals against RKC Waalwijk — albeit he did provide an excellent pre-assist for Zakaria Labyad’s goal to double their lead — his ability in possession earned widespread praise as well as the man-of-the-match award. Ten Hag is yet to settle on the make-up of his first-choice midfield, which has been made even more difficult after Kudus’ impressive performance.
- Vitesse: At least in recent years, the club from Arnhem have proved to be a challenging proposition for Ajax and they’ll certainly provide Ten Hag’s men with their biggest test of this season so far. Thomas Letsch’s side — like their rivals on Sunday — are one of four Dutch top division clubs with a 100% record and they’ve yet to concede with former De Godenzonen academy graduate Riechedly Bazoer now plying his trade in a three-man defence after breaking through as a central midfielder. He’ll need to be at his very best as the hosts will undoubtedly dominate possession, while seeking to get plenty of shots on goal.