Reigning Dutch Eredivisie champions Ajax get their 2013-14 campaign underway against Roda JC at Amsterdam Arena on Friday, watch a free live dutch football stream of Ajax v Roda JC from 19:00 (BST)
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Ajax warmed up for their opening match of the 2013-14 Dutch Eredivisie season with a hard fought 3-2 extra time victory over KNVB Cup holders AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Super Cup on Saturday. The Amsterdam giants were staring at defeat at 0-2 down after 67 minutes, but an Alkmaar own goal and a Kolbeinn Sigþórsson equaliser took the game into extra time where captain Siem de Jong scored the winning goal to complete a memorable comeback. Coach Franck De Boer will most likely field a stronger side for Ajax’s opening league game with Barcelona loanee Bojan Krkic in line for his Eredivisie debut.
2012-13 was a difficult first season in charge for Roda JC coach Ruud Brood who managed to keep the club in Netherland’s top-flight depite constantly flirting with relegation. The Pride of the South lack the financial backing of Ajax and had to go through the lottery of relagation play-offs to ensure their survival and will start their 2013-14 campaign without their main goal-getter. Last season’s club top-scorer Senharib Malki is now plying his trade in the Turkish Super Lig for Kasimpasa leaving forwards Franck Demouge, Krisztian Nemeth, and new signing Marc Hocher to carry the mantle.
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Ajax go into this game as heavy favourites in front of their home supporters at Amsterdam Arena and will be looking to make a winning start to the domestic campaign, but as so often happens in football these early season games can be unpredictable and the Amsterdammers will need to do a professional job to avoid an upset.
Bet365 Match Odds:
12/1 Roda JC