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Jan 16, 2022 at 11.15am UK
UtrechtFC Utrecht
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Antony (5'), Brobbey (19', 45+2')
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Preview: FC Utrecht vs. Ajax - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: FC Utrecht vs. Ajax - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Eredivisie clash between FC Utrecht and Ajax, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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FC Utrecht welcome Ajax to the Stadion Galgenwaard on Sunday aiming to end a run of five matches across all competitions without a victory.

On the other hand, the visitors make the trip this weekend in search of a fourth consecutive victory across all competitions.


Match preview

Ajax capped off 2021 with a 5-0 demolition of Fortuna Sittard at the Johan Cruyff ArenA on December 21.

Goals from Daley Blind, Antony and Devyne Rensch put Erik ten Hag's men in cruise control before Sebastien Haller put the icing on the cake with a late double.

De Joden remain second in the Eredivisie table, a point behind leaders PSV Eindhoven with just under half of the season left to play.

Standing in their way next is an opposing side who have won just one of the last five meetings between the teams - a 1-0 victory in October's reverse fixture.

Off the back of five away wins on the trot, Sunday's visitors will back themselves to come away with all three points and kick off the new year on a high.

Utrecht had to make do with a point for the third league game running following a 1-1 draw against FC Twente on December 22.

Rene Hake's men trailed for the majority of the contest courtesy of Ricky van Wolfswinkel's opener before salvaging a point in the final knockings through Mimoun Mahi.

The Domstedelingen are seventh in the standings with a slender one-point advantage over the chasing park in the race for continental qualification.

Currently with the second-best goal difference in home games, Sunday's hosts are by no means pushovers and will be keen to give tue defending champions a run for their money.

FC Utrecht Eredivisie form:
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • D

FC Utrecht form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • D

Ajax Eredivisie form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W

Ajax form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W

Team News

Andre Onana and top scorer Sebastien Haller will not be available for Ajax as they are away on international duty at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

Noussair Mazraoui has missed the last four games due to a muscle injury and he is joined on the sidelines by Sean Klaiber who continues to nurse a knee problem.

David Neres is also not expected to be included in the matchday squad as he prepares to finalize a winter move to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Utrecht's Christopher Mamengi and Reda Akmum are down with knee injuries and still await their first outing of the season.

Maarten Paes was on fire in the reverse fixture where he made a host to saves to preserve his side's lead and the 23-year-old will be bracing himself for another busy day at the office this weekend.

FC Utrecht possible starting lineup:
Paes; Zagre, Timber, Van der Maarel, Van der Hoorn; Van Overeem, Maher, Ramselaar; Gustafson, Douvikas, Mahi

Ajax possible starting lineup:
Pasveer; Blind, Schuurs, Timber, Rensch; Gravenberch, Klaassen, Berghuis; Tadic, Antony, Danilo


We say: FC Utrecht 1-3 Ajax

With a chance to reclaim top spot albeit temporarily, Ajax will be up for the clash and we are tipping them to come away with all three points.



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5Real Sociedad209652221133
6Villarreal2288636231332
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