Our prediction for this KNVB Cup match:
All eyes will be on Abe Lenstra Stadion when Heerenveen and Ajax face each other in the Dutch Cup semis. Heerenveen recorded a thrilling 4-3 win over Feyenoord in the KNVB Beker quarter-finals, and they are eager to claim yet another major scalp. However, home win should not be considered as De Superfriezen experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to Zwolle.
The Amsterdammers, on the other hand, showed character in a 1-1 draw with PSV at the weekend, with Dusan Tadic scoring a late winner in the stoppage time. Ajax are eyeing their 20th KNVB Beker trophy, and seeing that they are enjoying yet another successful season, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Dutch giants. First-choice goalkeeper Onana remains on the sidelines through suspension, Mazraoui is injured, while Tagliafico is rated doubtful for the game.
Highlighted Player (Erwin Mulder):
Erwin Mulder is an experienced Dutch footballer who plays for Heerenveen as a goalkeeper. Mulder spent his youth career at R.K.P.S.C, Vitesse Arnhem, and Feyenoord, and he continued playing for the Rotterdam club at senior level.
After making 120 appearances in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord, the 193-cm-tall shot-stopper signed for Heerenveen as a free agent in the summer of 2015. It has to be noted, though, that Erwin Mulder was loaned to Excelsior during his spell with Feyenoord. His next stop was Swansea City where he made 29 league appearances before returning to Heerenveen in 2020.
Erwin Mulder was born in Pannerden on March 3, 1989, and he has three caps with the Netherlands U20 team. He has yet to earn a call-up with the Oranje senior team. The Heerenveen goalkeeper was named in the Netherlands Euro 2012 provisional squad, but after the training with the national team, he failed to make the cut.
Highlighted Team (Ajax):
Ajax is a Dutch football club that was founded on 18 March, 1900. Ajax are well known for their youth academy, which regarded as one of the best youth football schools in the world. The likes of Johan Cruijff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Rafael van der Vaart and Marco van Basten are all products of Ajax’s football academy. The Amsterdammers share a big rivalry with Feyenoord and there have always been fireworks when the two teams face each other in De Klassieker.
During the seventies Feyenoord and Ajax were the only two teams who were capable of winning the domestic trophies, while PSV have been playing an important role in Dutch football in the 21st century. PSV and Ajax are regarded as big rivals as well and the two teams square off against each other in De Topper. Ajax play their home games at Amsterdam ArenA, the stadium that was opened on 14 August, 1996. The Amsterdammers won their fourth European Cup (Champions League) trophy in 1995, beating Milan in the title game in Vienna.