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Netherlands Eredivisie Results

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Knowing which matches to bet on is half the work when it comes to online sports betting. To that end, having as many options as possible is fundamental to finding value bets. You can’t just stay in your comfort zone if you’re trying to profit with online betting – you’ll need at least some knowledge of different leagues, teams, and players from all over the world.

To help you out, Betting Fellow has compiled some useful information about different leagues so you at least have a basic idea of what to expect. In this article, we’ll take a look at Eredivisie or the Dutch Premier Division. Keep reading for a comprehensive overview of Eredivisie’s biggest teams and players, as well as other useful information for betting on Eredivisie football matches.

Eredivisie History and General Info

As you might already know, Eredivisie is the top professional football league in the Netherlands. It was founded back in 1956, just a couple of years after football appeared on a professional level in the country. In the current season, UEFA ranks it as the ninth-best national football league in Europe.

This league changed a few names during the 90s and 2000s. For a while, depending on the main sponsors, it was called the PTT Telecompetitie, KPN Telecompetitie, and KPN Eredivisie, and even the Holland Casino Eredivisie. Currently, however, it has no brand names attached to the league’s name. Its rights are instead in the hands of the American media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and will be until around 2025.

Similarly to a lot of other leagues on the continent, this division is made up of the 18 best professional football teams in the Netherlands. At the end of each season, the two teams at the bottom of Eredivisie’s rankings are relegated to the second level of the Dutch football league system – EersteDivisie. Conversely, the two highest-ranking teams in the EersteDivisie are promoted to replace them. The 16th ranked team goes to separate promotion play-offs, in which they compete against another eight highly ranked teams from the lower division.

Eredivisie follows a fairly simple basic structure. It starts off in an 18-way Round Robin, played during 34 match days, starting in August and lasting to around early May. Only the top four teams qualify for the championship playoffs. Out of these four, the team which wins the playoffs automatically qualifies for the 1st playoff round of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers. The second team goes to the 2nd playoff round in the same qualifiers, while the rest go on to various rounds of the Europa League qualifiers.

These days, the Eredivisie is seen as a largely one-sided affair. To illustrate this claim even further it’s worth noting that Ajax Amsterdam has won over 25 league titles and a total of 34 national trophies which include Cup competitions. PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord Rotterdam follow closely behind with 21 (24 national) and 10 (15 national) titles respectively. These three teams are thus considered the “Big Three” of Dutch football, having won almost every Eredivisie championship since 1965. Moreover, these three teams have never been relegated out of this league. It should then make sense that the top scorers throughout Eredivisie’s history have almost exclusively played for these three clubs. The overall score record of 43 goals is still held by Coen Dillen, who made the record playing for PSV in the league’s first-ever season back in 1956-57.

Eredivisie Title Challengers

As you’ve probably surmised, the Big Three are what you should be looking at in terms of potential championship winners. This season, however, is coming with a bit of a shakeup and some teams quickly rising in terms of odds.

The obvious favourites are Ajax Amsterdam, being the Netherlands’ biggest football club. They are the last season’s champions and appear strongly poised to take this one as well. In fact, their current supremacy is so clear that the current average odds given by online bookmakers for them coming in at the top of this league are 1/12, or 1.08.

PSV Eindhoven, who have been one of Ajax’s most serious contenders for years, are still quite far behind. Their odds average between 15/1 (16.0) and 16/1 (17.0). The other member of the Big Three, Feyenoord Rotterdam, is much further below at odds of 200/1 – meaning their victory would be a major upset at this point.

Interestingly enough, the list of favourites is further expanded by AZ Alkmaar, who have managed to snag a title twice before, the latest one being in 2009. Currently, they’re given odds of around 12/1, or 13.0. AZ’s performances have been improving quite a lot lately, so they are definitely a Dutch team to keep your eye on.

Now, let’s take a quick look at these teams, their strengths and weaknesses, and other information you might need going into this season.

Ajax Amsterdam

With the 34 Eredivisie titles and 19 KNVB Cups, Ajax are generally seen as the historically most successful Dutch football team. This high esteem also extends to an international level, being one of only 5 clubs that have earned the right to keep the European Cup and to wear a multiple-winner badge. The IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics) ranks them as the seventh most successful European professional football club in the 20th century.

Their true golden age, however, was in the mid-nineties – 1995, to be exact. During this season, Ajax managed to win the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, 1995 UEFA Super Cup and the 1995 Champions League. Ajax are slowly getting back on the international map. The Dutch giants reached the Champions League semifinals during the 2018/19 campaign, whereas their dominance over football in the Netherlands is hard to question.

Ajax are also well-known for their loyal fanbase, which has been growing steadily for years. Reportedly, Ajax has approximately 7.1 million supporters throughout Europe, putting them well ahead of the other Dutch teams. These fans are divided into several core supporter groups, the most famous of which are F-Side and VAK410.

PSV Eindhoven

Another member of the Dutch Big Three, PSV have a long and proud history as one of the Netherlands’ most prominent football clubs. It was originally founded in 1913 as a team for Phillips’ employees. Their long-standing history includes two periods that are widely regarded as PSV’s golden ages. The first one revolves around their UEFA Cup victory in 1978, while the second includes a European Cup victory and a seasonal treble back in 1988.

This connection to Phillips continues on to this day and is reflected in things such as sponsorships, board member ties, all the way to their stadium’s name: Philips Stadion. They have a long-standing rivalry with the other two members of the Big Three, and fiery fans who refer to themselves as Boeren, which roughly translates to peasants or farmers.

As of 2018, the UEFA club coefficients ranking places them around the 39th spot. While they are a distinguished club in their own right, these days PSV are seen more often as a stepping stone for world-class players, many of whom have gone from PSV to do great things – such players include football legends Ronaldo Luis Nazario da Lima and Arjen Robben.

Still, they are currently the biggest threat to Ajax’s supremacy, if odds are to be believed. To illustrate, the Eredivisie title went to PSV in the 2015/16 season, as well as 23 more times before that. There biggest name on their current roster is probably Steven Bergwijn, the rising star left winger.

Feyenoord Rotterdam

This is the third and final member of the Big Three. The club from Rotterdam has been around since as far back as 1908, and is another mainstay of the Eredivisie, having managed to win 5 Eredivisie titles, 13 KNVB Cups, and 4 Johan Cruyff Shields. Their success is somewhat pale in comparison to the other two, at least on paper. However, they have been in the Eredivisie continuously since its inception.

On an international level, Feyenoord have one European Cup, two UEFA Cups, and one Intercontinental Cup under their belt, and have always been seen as a top tier Dutch football club.

Feyenoord's heyday is widely considered to be in the 60s and 70s. During that time, Coen Moulijn and Ove Kindvall, which are seen as the club’s veritable legends, led Feyenoord to six consecutive Eredivisie league titles, two European trophies, and an Intercontinental Cup. In more recent history, though, they are the league’s champions for the 2016/17 season. In other words, the last three titles of the Dutch top league have gone to each of the Big Three, making it easy to see why they are considered as such.

Being a comparatively smaller club than both Ajax and PSV, their lineup is strong and able, but lacks traditional star power. The most recognizable name here is probably team captain right winger Steven Berghuis.

AZ Alkmaar

Although Alkmaar are not traditionally considered a top Dutch contender, a quick look at the odds we provided above will tell you that analysts regard them favourably. They managed to get their hands on a few rising stars in a previous couple of seasons, and the resulting aggressive strategy pushed them to threaten the Big Three and their decades-long domination of Eredivisie.

Their history is not particularly filled with titles and victories – Alkmaar’s biggest successes are the double league title and the one time they managed to reach the UEFA Cup final. Still, if you’re looking to think outside the box – this team might be an interesting one.

Eredivisie Relegation Favourites

On the other side of the spectrum, here are some teams most expected to be relegated down to the EersteDivisie. As you might have guessed, these are not very well known outside the Netherlands, and will have a hard time making their mark in the league.

ADO Den Haag

Despite being one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands, the Hagues’ team has never really managed to match up to Ajax or Feyenoord. There are still big rivalries between these three clubs, but it’s safe to say Den Haag are not really on the same level. These days, they are reportedly in big financial trouble, having been sold to a Chinese investor group for a measly $8.9 million – which doesn’t bode well for their performance in the coming season.


Another relatively minor team that has been in and out of the Eredivisie for years now. RKC Waalwijk’s position in the league has never been really safe, and this is not projected to change any time soon.


Even though VVV-Venlo has been around for more than a century, they’ve achieved little in terms of titles or cup wins. Venlo are interestingly known as a club with a particular penchant for Japanese players, but beyond that their position in the Eredivisie was never secure.


FC Emmen opted to remain an amateur football club all the way up to the late 80s, which makes their amateur career longer than their professional one. Emmen managed to qualify into the Eredivisie in 2018 for the first time in their century-old history. It goes without saying that they’re not exactly favourites to keep their elite status.


Fortuna Sittard’s future might have looked much brighter back when they were founded in the 60s, when they managed to snatch the KNVB Cup twice. Since then, however, Fortuna has been alternating between Eredivisie and ErsteDivisie, never managing to place far above the bottom of the rankings in this league.


PEC Zwolle won the KNVB Cup as recently as 2014, and have generally ranked better than most of the other teams on this list. Still, the odds given by bookies for Zwolle are not far off, given their shaky form.

Eredivisie Top Players

In this particular section, we will take a quick look at some of the most distinguished players currently in the Dutch Premier League.

Donny van de Beek

Widely seen as one of the most esteemed Dutch players around, the 22-year-old is considered one of the world’s best attacking midfielders. Known for his strong right-outfoot and ability to quickly adapt to the pace of the game, Donny van de Beek could be the next big thing in Dutch football.

Hakim Ziyech

Ziyech is probably one of the main reasons Ajax are considered such a strong favourite to regain the title in 2019/20. The flamboyant attacking midfielder rose to prominence during Ajax’s incredible run during the 2018/19 season, with his talents alarming some of Europe’s top sides.

Beyond them, Ajax also boasts André Onana – one of the most valuable goalkeepers in the world at the moment – and the team captain Dusan Tadic who greatly distinguished himself in the previous season. The Serbian international impressed with his playmaking skills last season. The former Southampton attacking midfielder raked up an impressive tally of both goals and assists, proving all doubters wrong during the 2018/19 campaign.

Eredivisie Rising Stars

Betting Fellow has also prepared a list of several younger players in the Eredivisie who could be well on their way to leave a deep mark in the Netherlands and beyond. These are players who show great potential and who could go on to become huge stars in the near future.

Steven Bergwijn

One of PSV’s rising stars, the 22-year-old right-wing boasts exceptional talents he displayed during the previous season. Known for his remarkable ball control and technical ability, Bergwijn is definitely a player to keep an eye on.

Mohamed Ihattaren

Aged merely 17, Ihattaren is currently one of the most valued teenage players in the world. If there’s one Eredivisie player you should keep an eye on in the coming years, it’s probably him. Widely tipped to become PSV’s next star playmaker, Ihattaren is making a big impact with both the management structures and the supporters.

Myron Boadu

AZ Alkmaar’s centre-forward is only 18 years old. However, Boadu is quickly proving to be one of the most valued players in the entire league. His problematic history of injuries seems to be the only thing hindering his upward trajectory.

Biggest Eredivisie Derby Matches

De Klassieker

Easily the biggest sporting event in the Netherlands, De Klassiker is the famed meeting between rivals Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord. The derby is a manifestation of the rivalry between the two cities the clubs come from, which has been active since the 13th century. Sadly, this also means that the charged matches often resulted in violence. This has been largely cracked down on since the 90s, though, but De Klassieker matches remain hugely contested affairs and the most important dates in the Eredivisie calendar.

De Topper

The derby between Ajax and PSV Eindhoven has been growing in size and significance for decades now. The score is somewhat predictably in Ajax’ favour, but that may change yet. De Topper matches generate plenty of attention nationwide and beyond.

Eredivisie Best Stadiums

Johan Cruyff Arena

Ajax Arena

Home of AFC Ajax, this massive stadium is the largest of its kind in the Netherlands, housing up to 54,990 spectators for different sports matches. It is Amsterdam’s main stadium and was funded and built by the city authorities. It used to be called the Amsterdam ArenA until the 2018-2019 season, when it was renamed in honour of legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff who died in March 2016.

De Kuip

De Kuip means “The Tub” in Dutch, the original name of this stadium being Stadion Feijenoord. It is located in Rotterdam and is the home of Feyenoord. It’s one of the oldest of such size, being built back in 1935. It has been remodelled and restored several times since then, however, and can currently take up to 51,777 spectators.