Twente vs Ajax by Isaiah
Start of the season couldn't be much worse for Twente, as the team earned only one point from first four rounds. That point was earned in the first round away from home against Groningen, while the team's performances in next three games were rather disappointing.
Difficult situation regarding money is in the club and they had to sell most of their important players, but it seems that the rest of the roster isn't completely up to the desired level as of now. As a consequence of poor results, coach Alfred Schreuder left his position, with Rene Hake being appointed as a caretaker for now. Second choice goalkeeper Sonny Stevens is sidelined with long term injury, while unavailable are also left back Robbert Schilder (3/0) and offensive Torgeir Borven. They suffered disappointing 4:1 defeat at home against mediocre Den Haag in the second round, losing also away against Zwolle and Heracles, all four teams far away from the strongest teams in Eredivisie. It's hard to say if the international break helped them, since the economic situation isn't getting better, even though the club sold some of their key players during August.
Ajax already disappointed early in the season when the team got excluded from Champions League qualifiers by Austrian vice-champion Rapid and the team was under pressure from then on, as any other setback in the domestic league would surely mean further disappointment of their fans. However, from that game on, they reacted really well - having four consecutive victories from the start of Eredivisie, but also securing the place in Europa League group stage by overcoming Czech side Jablonec.
However, it wasn't an easy progresses as the Dutch side won in the first leg at home with a narrow 1:0 result, getting only a goalless draw in the returning leg. Still, it was of a positive effect for the team, as they won against Den Haag 4:0 in the last round of Eredivisie, just a few days after the game in Czech Republic. Four victories in Eredivisie for now, as the team looks more than solid, without a single conceded goal so far - twelve scored too - it simply seems that everything works perfectly well in their roster as for Eredivisie matches. Left full back Mitchell Dijks is doubtful, but with chances to play. Apart from him, there are no real injury or suspension worries for the visitors.
Ajax is looking to extend their streak and it's really hard to imagine completely out of form Twente stopping them here.