Thursday, November 11, 2010

Eredivisie contest: November update

It's mid-November, more than a third of the way through the Eredivisie season, and high time to update the standings of my Eredivisie contest. Without any further ado, here they are:

TEAMS PTS PLAYERS GOALS
Ottawa Sports Guy
PSV 30 Mounir el Hamdouai (Ajax) 11
Feyenoord 12 Bas Dost (Heerenveen) 7


TOTALS (PTS + GOALS x 2) 78
J
Ajax 27 Luis Suarez (Ajax) 7
PSV 30 Mounir el Hamdouai (Ajax) 11


TOTALS (PTS + GOALS x 2) 93
Sam
PSV 30 Ola Toivonen (PSV) 8
Ajax 27 Luis Suarez (Ajax) 7


TOTALS (PTS + GOALS x 2) 87
Headhunting Canuck
PSV 30 Ola Toivonen (PSV) 8
Ajax 27 Mounir el Hamdouai (Ajax) 11


TOTALS (PTS + GOALS x 2) 95
Jamie
Twente 31 Bryan Ruiz (Twente) 4
PSV 27 Ola Toivonen (PSV) 8


TOTALS (PTS + GOALS x 2) 82

There is little to be surprised by in this year's Eredivisie season. Ajax are scoring goals for fun, PSV and Twente are also part of the battle for the league, transfer rumours continue to swirl around the league's biggest stars. Most pundits picked Feyenoord to continue their struggles of last season, but perhaps one of the biggest shocks is just how bad they've been this year. This, of course, is bad news for Ottawa Sports Guy.

The other main storyline is the scoring battle at Ajax. While Luis Suarez was the goalscoring maven last season (something ridiculous like 45 goals in all competitions), he was joined this offseason by the former AZ man Mounir el Hamdaoui. Suarez gained further prominence due to his scoring exploits for Uruguay at the World Cup, and his Hand of God impersonation. Everyone would have expected him to continue to be the main man bending the twine. So much so that the media has started asking Suarez what he thought of Mounir's scoring prowess, and Luis came out and said that he supported him fully. Which of course likely means exactly the opposite. I wouldn't be surprised to see him out the door in the January window, which would be bad news for me and Sam.

Anyway, congrats to current leader Headhunting Canuck and the other participants.

2 comments:

Jamie said...

Just read: "Ajax's captain Luis Suarez has been banned for seven games for biting an opponent (Otman Bakkal) who plays for PSV Eindhoven."

Suarez pulled a Mike Tyson?! What is the Eredivisie coming to?

Anyway, good chance for me to do some catching up... and wouldn't ya know: Ruiz scored twice yesterday vs. NEC.

J said...

Certainly Suarez taking a bite out of the competition won't help those of us who picked him. He's also developing a bit of a reputation as a controversial figure, with this bite added to his intentional hand ball against Ghana in the World Cup.

Whatever you say about the Eredivisie, it's tough to make the claim that it's not interesting.