Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
There will be fireworks when Feyenoord and Ajax face each other in De Klassieker on Matchday 17. Feyenoord are the surprising Eredivisie leaders, but with PSV and Ajax dropping points week by week, the Rotterdammers are surely capable of going all the way in the national championship. Given Feyenoord’s brilliant display in a 3-0 win at Groningen, we are positive that the home team will grab something from the Eredivisie derby. Both Quinten Timber and Gernot Trauner should miss out with injuries for the home side.
The Amsterdammers, on the other hand, played out a slim goalless draw with Twente at the weekend, with the team dropping to third place in the standings. Ajax are on a five-game winless run in the league, and we do not believe that they are capable of collecting more than one point from De Klassieker. Steven Bergwijn is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while Devyne Rensch is banned for the match.
Highlighted Player (Alireza Jahanbakhsh):
Born in Jirandeh, Iran on August 11 1990, Alireza Jahanbakhsh is a footballer who plays for AZ Alkmaar in Holland. Before AZ, Jahanbakhsh played for NEC in the Eredivisie, but he began his youth career at Payam Alborz Qazvin. Speaking of his senior debut, he made it with Damash Tehran in the 2010/2011 season.
In 2011 he moved to fellow Iranian club Damash Gilan and it has to be noted that he scored 10 goals in 44 appearances in the league for the club. The AZ Alkmaar winger, who is used as an attacking midfielder as well, scored 21 goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie in the 2017/2018 season. Speaking of his international career, Alireza JahanBakhsh scored two goals for Iran on the road to Russia and he will represent his homeland at the 2018 FIFA world cup finals.
Due to his style of play, Jahanbakhsh has always been compared to legendary Iranian footballer Mehdi Mahdavikia.
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.