The Dutch have always been quite passionate about football and that translates both into the support their national team gets and into the popularity of the country’s top football league, which is also known as Eredivisie. Like all the other leagues, Eredivisie has a few very specific features, some of which are going to be discussed in this betting guide.
Betting on the Top Teams
Even though Eredivisie is not as strong as some of the other European leagues, its top teams often do quite well even in the major European competitions – aside from dominating the national league, of course. Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, and Feyenoord have always been the main teams to beat, while the second tier of teams that often seem to be there to challenge their dominance includes outfits like FC Twente and AZ Alkmaar.
It needs to be emphasized that the elite is fairly balanced when it comes to the quality of the teams and that every single point is therefore incredibly important in the grand scheme of things. That makes for a very interesting viewing, as all the top teams are able to cover large handicaps against the lesser opposition – but they are all also able to slip against virtually any of those smaller teams, especially in their away matches.
Squad Rotations and Weaknesses
When it comes to the matches between the very best and the poorer teams, there is one major factor that always needs to be taken into account. The thing is, there are plenty of European football spots available for the better teams, which translates into the schedules of those teams being much heavier than the schedules of the others. Squad rotations then obviously need to come into play and none of the top teams have enough depth to field a very strong outfit every single time, which obviously offers a small opening for the rest of the league to get a few surprising results.
That is obviously just a theoretical outlook, but a closer look at the actual seasons does reveal that there might be plenty of substance in it. For example, at the end of 2012, Ajax Amsterdam, the strongest team in Eredivisie, recorded just a single victory in the national league (drawing three times and losing once) when it still had a chance of progressing through to the play-off stages of the Champions League. It soon became clear that there was no hope of doing that and the change of focus led to a string of 6 victories in a row that included a 3-1 win over Ajax’s biggest rival, PSV Eindhoven.
Betting the Totals
Eredivisie is one of the highest-scoring leagues in the world and the statistics do confirm that in a very obvious manner. In the 2011/2012 season, for example, the average match saw 3.26 goals, while in the 2010/2011 season, the number stood at 3.23. Compare that with the other major European leagues and you are going to see how big the difference is. In the EPL, the numbers stood at 2.81 and 2.80, while La Liga saw the averages at 2.76 and 2.74. And let’s not forget about France, which bored the spectators with just 2.52 and 2.34 goals on average in those seasons.
The reason for Dutch football being so high-scoring is the overall mentality of the league. The fans just wouldn’t be happy with seeing their teams defend all the time, preferring free-flowing football over organized defences and rare counter-attacks.
The quality of the top Dutch football league matches might not always be of the highest standards, but that does not mean that Eredivisie would be boring or unattractive. In fact, the exact opposite of that is true – it is a very entertaining league that has something both for those who like to see battles with plenty of goals and those who like to see matches in which it is hard to predict the results. And football bettors can also appreciate the fact that, while it certainly does not come under as much scrutiny as many other football leagues, there are plenty of betting markets available at virtually every single bookmaker.