Match facts: Ajax-Willem II

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  • Ajax and Willem II played a total of 87 matches against each other. Ajax winning 72 times, Willem II 8 and 6 games ended in a draw.
  • Ajax has only lost one Eredivisie game at home against Willem II, a 1-2 defeat on the 20th of August in 2016: Davy Klaassen put Ajax in front after 23 seconds, where Erik Falkenburg and Fran Sol scored for Willem II putting the 1-2 on the scoreboard.
  • Ajax scored a total of 275 goals against Willem II in the Dutch Eredivisie, more than against any other club. In 43 games at home Ajax only didn’t score on the 21st of November 1992, the game ended 0-0.
  • This is the first time Ajax en Willem II play each other on a Friday. It’s the only day of the week the two teams didn’t meet yet.
  • As well Ajax as Willem II took benefit from the transfer of Frenkie de Jong last summer. Ajax sold De Jong for 86 million to FC Barcelona. Willem II, the club where Frenkie de Jong spent his younger years, taking a share of 8,6 million.
  • Ajax is the only team that’s still unbeaten this Eredivisie season. Every other team lost at least twice.
  • The last time Ajax remained unbeaten longer from the start of the season was 1997/1998(19 games in a row).
  • Last time Ajax lost an Eredivisie game on a Friday-night was the 29th of October 1999. With coach Co Adriaanse Ajax lost 1-2 against Roda JC.
  • Ajax scored a total of 153 goals in all competitions this year. Only in 1993, Ajax scored more goals(154).
  • Ajax scored at least 4 goals in each of it’s last 5 Eredivisie matches. The only team which scored 6 consecutive games is, of course, Ajax, from February to April 1961.
  • Ajax scored at least 2 goals in all of its last 23 home games. An ongoing record. The last match Ajax only scored one goal at home was against Heracles Almelo, 11th of august 2018 resulting in a 1-1 draw.
  • Erik ten Hag won his last 7 games Eredivisie games against Willem II. 4 with FC Utrecht and 3 with AFC Ajax.
  • Willem II-striker Vangelis Pavlidis is the top goal-scorer for Willem II with 8 goals. The last Greek player to score more goals in one season is former Ajax-striker Angelos Charisteas. Charisteas scored 9 goals for Feyenoord in the 2006/07 season.
  • Willem II winger Ché Nunnely was involved in 5 of the last 9 Eredivisie goals Willem II scored.
  • Nunnely played 42 games for Jong-Ajax who are playing in the Dutch Keuken Kampioen Divisie but never made his debut in the first team. This summer he left Ajax for Willem II.
  • Klaas Jan Huntelaar scoring two goals last week against FC Twente scored a total of 150 goals in all competitions for Ajax. He is now on the 8th place of Ajax’ all-time goalscorers list. When Huntelaar scores 3 goals against Willem II he will be even with Ajax-legends Marco van Basten and Ruud Geels, they’re on the 6th place with 153 goals. First is Piet van Reenen with a seemingly unreachable total of 273 goals.
  • Huntelaar is the second Ajax player scoring 7 goals coming on as a sub in an Eredivisie season. The other one is Nikos Machlas who scored 7 goals in the 2001/02 season. Record holders are Erik Meijer(PSV 1994/1995) and Georgios Samaras(Heerenveen 2004/05) both scoring 8.
  • Willem II trainer Adrie Koster has a history at Ajax. During the 2007/08 season, he was interim-coach for 27 matches (W15-D7-L5). Ajax ended the season in second place. During that season Koster won both matches against Willem II. At home, Ajax defeated the club from Tilburg 4-1, the first goal that match was made by Klaas Jan Huntelaar.

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