Betting on Dutch Eredivisie Football
The Eredivisie, as the top division in the Dutch footballing pyramid, features the cream of the crop when it comes to Dutch clubs and domestic Dutch talent, although due to the relative paucity of money in the league in comparison to some of the other leagues in Europe, top Dutch players quickly depart to other countries. Indeed, Dutch players and coaches have been plying their trade all over the world for so long that the Dutch style of playing the game has become legendary and has influenced fans, players and clubs alike on a global scale.
These days, the Eredivisie is an 18-team division which sees up to three clubs relegated to the Eerste division. The top two cubs qualify for the UEFA Champions League, while those finishing 3rd and 4th head into the UEFA Europa League. The next 4 teams enter a UEFA Europa League playoff round, with one further team making it through to the qualifying rounds of the continental competition for the following season.
Betting on football in the Netherlands is popular around the world, mostly because of the fame of the likes of Ajax with football fans far and wide. Therefore, Eredivise football odds are available with nearly every bookmaker offering bets on football.
Dutch Eredivisie Football Odds
The Dutch Eredivisie is dominated by just a small collection of clubs, and all betting centres heavily around these, either in favour of them or against the opposition. Eredivisie title odds are always stacked in these teams' favour, while only once in a blue moon will another team upset their dominance: FC Twente were the last team to do it back in 2009/10, while AZ Alkmaar did the same just a year before – these were strange times for Dutch football.
As well as Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord dominating (and rarely losing matches), the division is famous for goals – a lot of them. Starting from 2015/16 and running up to the most recently completed season of 2018/19, 2.98, 2.89, 3.14 and 3.47 goals were scored on average per game. Last season's tally of 3.47 is barely believable for a top European league. This number of goals can be partially explained due to the massive scorelines the big teams regularly clock up against some of the weaker teams in the division – handicap betting is a smart approach for that very reason.
Dutch Eredivisie Title Odds for 2019-20
The new Dutch season will start like any other: with three clubs dominating the betting when it comes to the Eredivisie title. In fact, one glance at Eredivisie title odds will tell the whole story: the winners will be Ajax, PSV or Feyenoord, it's just a case of which one.
Ajax were the success story of European football in 2018/19. A Dutch title and KNVB Cup double was just reward for an exciting young team which won admirers around the globe with their brand of fearless attacking football which also nearly catapulted the team to the UEFA Champions League final. And yet the team's chances next season surely hinges on which players the team will be able to keep as the vultures come circling to pick up the team's top talent. PSV, who were narrowly pipped to the title last time out, also possess a number of enticing prospects for the big clubs of Europe, and will also likely start the new campaign with a slightly unfamiliar side. These circumstances are nothing new to teams in Holland, however, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see a swathe of new talent fill the vacant roles left behind.
Feyenoord were a long way off the pace in 2018/19, but will still be far ahead in as far as Eredivisie title odds are concerned from any other challenger, and with Ajax and PSV likely to lose players, the team from Rotterdam may well narrow the gap which formed in the season just completed. The playing field promises to be much closer next time out, and an interesting season awaits.
Netherlands Eredivisie Football History
The Dutch football system is one of the most highly regarded anywhere in the world – for a relatively small country, the abundance of talent that is produced is quite simply staggering, and the level of coaching is almost unrivalled. The 2018/19 Ajax team proved once again the technical ability of young Dutch players as a new golden generation appeared, promising to elevate the Netherlands national team to the upper reaches of international competition once more.
And so it has always been with Dutch football. From Johan Cruyff to Marco van Basten, from Ruud Gullit to Denis Bergkamp, from Arjen Robben to Frenkie de Jong – the production line of Netherlands talent emanating from the Eredivisie is relentless. A huge part of this success boils down to the superior coaching techniques employed at the top Dutch football club academies, and mainly those run by the three giants of football in Holland: Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, and Feyenoord Rotterdam. While there are other proud clubs playing in the domestic Dutch leagues, none can even come close to laying claim to the popularity and success of these three Dutch footballing giants, all of which attract fans from all over the world. Ajax in particular have a massive fanbase, charmed by the team's iconic players, playing style, and continental success (four European cups in total). Feyenoord and PSV have also both won Europe's premier club competition.
The Eredivisie has been in existence since 1956: before that the Dutch title was decided by a playoff competition featuring the winners of regional leagues. In the Eredivisie's history to date, only eight league titles have been won by teams other than the Dutch 'Big 3', and no other team has won the title more than twice. Feyenoord have ten titles, PSV have 21, and Ajax 26, proving the almost utter dominance of these three Dutch superclubs. It is therefore no surprise to see these teams sit perennially at the top of the ladder when it comes to Dutch Eredivisie title odds at the start of each and every new season.