Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Eredivisie contest 2010-11: Reminder re-post

In lieu of directing you to a link that most probably won't be bother to click on, here is a reminder of this blog's Eredivisie contest. It closes Labour Day, September 6th, which is a short time away. But the good news is that the transfer window has also closed. From an Eredivisie perspective, nothing really happened. All the big names (Suarez, el Hamdaoui, Ruiz, Toivonen) stayed put. So get your entries in. We only have 3 so far.


Last year marked the debut of the Out of touch Eredivisie contest, my attempt to turn my singular obsession with Dutch football (which I come by honestly, I promise) into something with a broader following among the rather narrow readership of this blog. For 2010-11, there is already added interest, with arguably Canada's best midfielder, Atiba Hutchinson, signing with PSV Eindhoven, one of Holland's top teams.

I wouldn't say last year's contest was a smashing success (there were only 4 entries), but it did cause some to pay attention to a league they wouldn't have given a second glance. In the end, I claimed a narrow win.

To my mind, at least, that gives the contest enough momentum to try it again. It's really quite simple:
  • You select 2 teams and 2 top goal scorers.
  • You collect 1 point for each point gained by your teams in the league table
  • You collect 2 points for each goal scored by your selected scorer.
Entries can be submitted by email or in the comments. There will be a prize!

The deadline will be Labour Day, which falls on September 6th, which gives you some time to do your research and examine the early returns from the first month of league play.

I am prepared, though, to offer some help.

For picking teams, the bookmakers usually have a pretty good idea of things. This table gives a pretty good idea of which teams are expected to finish near the top. With few exceptions, the order of the top 5 is given as 1) Ajax; 2) PSV; 3) FC Twente; 4) AZ; 5) Feyenoord.

I haven't yet found odds for Eredivisie top scorers (let me know if you've seen this anywhere), but you could do worse than to look at last year's top strikers:

1Luis SuárezAjax35
2Bryan RuizTwente24
3Mads JunkerRoda JC21
4Mounir El HamdaouiAZ20
5Marko PantelićAjax16
6Bas DostHeracles14
Balázs DzsudzsákPSV
9Tim MatavžGroningen13
Ola ToivonenPSV

A few notes on the players in this list, starting from the top:
  • Luis Suarez, who you might now have heard of after a certain high-profile incident, may not remain with Ajax for long. He is the rumoured target of several different EPL teams, and could move in winter if he doesn't in August.
  • Costa Rican Bryan Ruiz will remain at Twente, and is a good bet to have a good year.
  • There's nothing sexy about Mads Junker, but he will be staying put.
  • Mounir el Hamdaoui has made the move to Ajax, a team that scored over 100 goals last season. He'll get his share, especially if Suarez moves on to greener pastures.
  • Marko Pantelic is currently un-signed by any team.
  • Bas Dost is only 21, which makes his 16-goal performance of last season remarkable. We'll see if he can repeat that performance.
  • Everton is one of those relatively anonymous Brazilians you see in 2nd tier leagues around the world, but last season was his best ever for Heracles.
  • Balázs Dzsudzsák is hard to spell, but if PSV have a strong season, he and Toivonen will be responsible for much of the scoring load (with support from our man Hutch?)
  • Tim Matavž is a 21-year old Slovenian who plays for Groningen and despite the fact he finished in the top 10 scorers last season I don't remember seeing his name before.
As always, the risk in this part of the contest is selecting someone who transfers out at the Christmas window, like the unfortunate Lord Bob's selection last season of Keisuke Honda.

Choose wisely, my friends.



Sam said...

I warn you my knowledge of the Eredivisie is literally nothing.... anyways here goes



J said...

Well, you seem to know which of the two traditional big three are actually good. (Sorry, Feyenoord). Scorers picked looked good too, as long as there are no transfers over the winter break.

I think I'll allow one switch at the winter transfer period if you lose a player.

Headhunting Canuck said...

1. Mounir El Hamdaoui
2. Ola Toivonen

Suarez will probably make me eat these two picks, but I just can't see him staying any longer than January in Holland, shocked he didn't move now, but I figure Ajax needs him to do sufficiently well in europe competition, but we all know Ajax needs money.)

1. PSV (about time they brought it back to make me happy)
2. Ajax (too much more talent than Feyenoord in the end, even with the fact that that is all they have to play for this season)

Headhunting Canuck said...

If I made all the same picks as someone else, let me know and I'll take a gamble on a different scorer.