Our prediction for this match:
Watford take on Ajax, who made it to the Champions League semis last term, in their first friendly game of the pre-season. The Hornets finished the 2018/2019 Premier League season in 11th place in the standings, with the team suffering a loss in each of their last three games in the season finale. Watford are eager to get back on course, but they will have a big fish to fry in Thursday’s football match against the Amsterdammers.
The Dutch champions impressed in both the national championship and the Champions League last term and they surely want to continue where they left. A man to keep an eye on in the Eredivisie team will be Serbia international Dusan Tadic, who committed his future to the Amsterdam Arena outfit. Anyhow, Ajax are more of a team than Watford and seeing that the Premier League team have yet to kick off their pre-season, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Erik ten Hag’s troops.
Highlighted Player (Joel Veltman):
Joel Veltman is a Dutch footballer who was born in Velsen on 15 January, 1992. Veltman started his youth career at VV Ijmuiden and in 2011 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In the 2012/2013 Eredivisie campaign he played for the first team and he made seven league appearances for the Amsterdammers back then.
The centre back, who plays as a right back as well made six appearances for Jong Ajax as well, scoring one goal for the team in the Eerste Divisie. Veltman has 8 caps for Netherlands U20 team and he made his debut for the first team in November 2013 against Colombia. He started the match and he played 90 minutes in the goalless draw with the South American side.
Joel Veltman represented the Oranje at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It has to be noted that the Dutch defender made 34 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign, scoring one goal in the process. In the 2013/2014 season he won his second Eredivisie trophy with Ajax.
Highlighted Team (Watford):
Watford FC is an English football club founded in 1881 and is playing its home games in the Vicarage Road which holds a capacity of 21 000 seats. Watford managed to promote to the Premier League in 2014/2015 after playing for 8 years in lower football divisions.
The club colors of Watford are yellow and red. The away kit of Watford in the current season is in blue. Watford FC is also known as The Hornets of which their fans are very proud of.
Watford FC never won any title in the clubs history. In the season 1983/1984 Watford managed to qualify for the UEFA Cup (former Europa League) where the club got knocked out in the best of 16 round after playing against Sparta Praha. Watford FC is a stereotype UK football club where working hard is more important than talent. Well known football players that ever played for Watford FC are Ben Foster, John Barnes, Ashley Young, Luke Young and David James.