USV Hercules vs Ajax prediction 21.12.2023

USV Hercules

USV Hercules

3 : 2



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  • Date: 21.12.2023
  • Competition: KNVB Beker
  • KO: 17:45 UTC / 18:45 CET
  • Venue: Stadion Galgenwaard (Utrecht)

Stadion Galgenwaard is the host for a KNVB Beker tie on Thursday as underdogs USV Hercules entertain Ajax on neutral territory.

USV Hercules vs Ajax Betting Tips: Ajax and Over 3.5 Goals

Fourth-tier Hercules have endured a recent run of poor form, with their 2-1 defeat against HSC '21 on Sunday marking their third loss in four matches over the past month.

Despite this, René Van der Kooij's side have a decent home record, having won six of their last nine matches at their usual home ground, Sportpark Voordorp.

After enduring the worst start to an Eredivisie campaign in their history, Ajax has gradually improved their form, with four wins in a row before a 2-2 draw against PEC Zwolle on Sunday.

Having briefly flirted with the relegation zone, Ajax are up to fifth place in the Eredivisie, with only two defeats in eleven matches under the guidance of new manager John Van 't Schip. This is a significant improvement from their previous eight-game losing streak before the former Greece boss took charge in November.

Ajax's defensive frailties, particularly on the road, have been the team's biggest Achilles' heel this season. In the last seven away matches, they have conceded a shocking 20 goals, leaking two or more goals in six of those fixtures.

Given Ajax recent numbers, I anticipate a high-scoring affair on Thursday, with a minimum of four goals scored I'm backing an Ajax victory and over 3.5 goals, while  the possibility of both teams scoring cannot be disregarded with the visitors leaking so many away goals this season.

USV Hercules

USV Hercules team news

Hercules manager Van der Kooij has no fresh injury concerns to address following their weekend loss to HSC '21. 

Max Van Hees is expected to spearhead the hosts' attack.

Last matches of USV Hercules

  1. HSC '21

    2 : 1

    USV Hercules

    Derde Divisie: Zaterdag

  2. USV Hercules

    2 : 1


    Derde Divisie: Zaterdag

  3. RKAV Volendam

    3 : 1

    USV Hercules

    Derde Divisie: Zaterdag

  4. USV Hercules

    0 : 1


    Derde Divisie: Zaterdag

  5. Staphorst

    1 : 1

    USV Hercules

    Derde Divisie: Zaterdag

USV Hercules lineup


  • 18

    Patrick Vonk


  • 4

    Mitchel Grotenbreg

  • 14

    Mitchel Zwart

  • 15

    Daniël Fonville

  • 20

    Shanon Carmelia


  • 6

    Niels Bijl

  • 10

    Oussama Lahri

  • 22

    Jayson Paulina


  • 7

    Tim Pieters

  • 11

    Max van Hees

  • 17

    Fabrice Nsingi


Ajax team news

Ajax boss Van 't Schip is expected to make some alterations to the visitors XI for Thursday's cup match. Devyne Rensch is likely to sit this one out after being forced off against PEC on Sunday.

Steven Bergwijn is also likely to remain absent.

Last matches of Ajax

  1. Ajax

    2 : 2

    PEC Zwolle


  2. Ajax

    3 : 1

    AEK Athens

    Europa League

  3. Ajax

    2 : 1

    Sparta Rotterdam


  4. RKC Waalwijk

    2 : 3



  5. NEC Nijmegen

    1 : 2



Ajax lineup


  • 40

    Diant Ramaj


  • 2

    Devyne Rensch

  • 37

    Josip Sutalo

  • 4

    Jorrel Hato

  • 25

    Borna Sosa


  • 33

    Benjamin Tahirovic

  • 8

    Kenneth Taylor

  • 23

    Steven Berghuis


  • 10

    Chuba Akpom

  • 42

    Arjany Martha

  • 9

    Brian Brobbey

Key Facts USV Hercules vs Ajax

  1. Hercules have seen over 3.5 goals in 5 of their last 8 Dutch Cup matches
  2. Hercules have seen BTTS in 4 of their last 5 matches
  3. Ajax have seen over 3.5 goals in 6 of their last 8 matches
  4. Ajax have seen over 3.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 away matches
  5. Ajax have seen BTTS in 8 of their last 9 away matches

Main prediction USV Hercules - Ajax

Over 3.5 goals



58% winrate


6 wins in a row

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Additional predictions

Over 1.5 goals 1st half

Best odds:1.57

Over 1.5 goals 2nd half

Best odds:1.44

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USV Hercules Player to Watch

Max Van Hees - The 21-year-old has scored two goals in three KNVB Beker appearances this season


Ajax Player to Watch

Brian Brobbey - The Dutch international has scored seven goals in his last nine appearances.