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Ajax vs PSV Eindhoven betting tips: Johan Cruyff Shield preview, predictions and odds


Both teams to score is 4/7.

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is 5/6.

Ajax to win and over 2.5 goals is 6/4.


Match preview

The traditional curtain raiser in Dutch football sees these De Topper rivals contest silverware once again.

PSV hammered Ajax 4-0 in last season’s Johan Cruijff Schaal, before also beating them 2-1 at De Kuip in the KNVB Cup Final.

Despite this, Ajax still managed to win their third consecutive Eredivisie title, ending up two points clear of PSV.

Inexperienced Alfred Schreuder is the new boss at Ajax, replacing Erik ten Hag.

Despite having overseen a high turnover of players, his team are expected to win domestic silverware and get out of their Champions League group.

Thus, the former Twente, Hoffenheim and Club Brugge boss will be desperate to make a winning start here.

In the opposite dugout will be Ruud van Nistelrooy, who’s taken over following a season in charge of Jong PSV.

During his player career, the 46 year old led the line for PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid and others, but this’ll be his first competitive game as a manager.

In just three days time, the Red and Whites Champions League campaign commences against Monaco at Stade Louis II.

Given that this humongous two-legged tie is on the horizon, PSV could be forgiven for being slightly distracted.

Thus, the Johan Cruyff Shield is likely to return to Ajax hands at the appropriately named Johan Cruyff Arena.

Ajax team news

As well as a change of management, there’s been wholesale changes to Ajax’s playing staff.

André Onana, Noussair Mazraoui, Nicolás Tagliafico, Lisandro Martínez, Ryan Gravenberch and Sébastien Haller have all departed for a combined €114 million.

Steven Bergwijn is one of the new arrivals, set to make his Ajax debut against his former employees.

New defenders Owen Wijndal and Calvin Bassey, as well as forwards Francisco Conceição and the returning Brian Brobbey will also all hope to feature.

Antony could start, despite having spent the whole summer reportedly set to leave the club.

PSV Eindhoven team news

Xavi Simons and Luuk de Jong are PSV’s summer acquisitions, arriving from Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla respectively.

The latter scored 112 goals for the club in his previous spell in Eindhoven between 2014 and 2019.

Mario Götze and Ritsu Dōan meanwhile have been sold, but star attacker Cody Gakpo is still at the club, so could feature here.


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Ben Gray

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