Eredivisie Season Preview 2014/15

The Premier League and La Liga may cause fans to endure an agonizingly prolonging hiatus over the summer, but the Eredivisie – like the Dutch people – is kind to its faithful crowd. It starts earlier than most top leagues, and on a traditionally unlucky day -though that probably shouldn’t be mentioned to either of PEC Zwolle or Utrecht, who kick the season off for us. Starting on a Saturday? Psssh, our league is too hipster for that.

At the top, it is of course, a chance for Frank de Boer and Ajax marry himself into Ajax legend – if he hasn’t gone do already, obviously but Cocu, who hasn’t faced a mass exoduses and his PSV side could be quite a force to reckon with. Feyenoord, Vitesse and FC Twente will go into the new season significantly weakened. In Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Alfred Finnbogason the Eredivisie have lost their three most productive players, which only means three new ones will stand up and prove themselves. How will their respective clubs fare without their talismanic players? Can PEC Zwolle spring another surprise season? Will FC Dordrecht continue their fairytale after promotion?

On that note, there is a collated and comprehended predicated table come the summer of 2015, carefully processed and constructed based on the predictions of the Dutch team at BeNeFoot, in a season we fully expect to be groundbreaking and entertaining. In the table are links to our season previews including a player we think is worth to keep an eye on this season.

Priya Ramesh, staff writer Dutch football at BeNeFoot

1. Ajax 10. FC Utrecht
2. PSV 11. PEC Zwolle
3. FC Twente 12. NAC Breda
4. Feyenoord 13. Heracles Almelo
5. Vitesse 14. Go Ahead Eagles
6. AZ 15. SC Cambuur
7. FC Groningen 16. Willem II
8. sc Heerenveen 17. Excelsior
9. ADO Den Haag 18. FC Dordrecht

The predictions and previews have been written by Mark Lievisse Adriaanse, Peter McVitie, Nikos Overheul, Priya Ramesh, Gary Niblock and Michiel Jongsma.

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