Ajax will start Saturday with Hakim Ziyech and Nicolás Tagliafico in the base of the away match against Vitesse. Donny van de Beek, who is explicitly linked to Real Madrid, is also kicking off at De GelreDome for the first Eredivisie match of the team from Amsterdam this season.
Compared to the 2-0 win for the Johan Cruyff Scale against PSV, Quincy Promes and Sergiño Dest are missing in the starting eleven.
Trainer Erik ten Hag prefers Ziyech to Promes and striker Kasper Dolberg and left winger Dusan Tadic complete Ajax's attack. Ziyech was a substitute against PSV, after he joined the preparation for the Africa Cup.
The midfield of Ajax is unchanged. Daley Blind, who always played centrally in the rear last year, forms that line with Razvan Marin and Donny van de Beek. 22-year-old Van de Beek confirmed on Friday that Real has shown an interest in him, but the transfer problems do not prevent Ten Hag from deploying the Orange International.
Lasse Schöne is also just sitting on the reserve bench. Allegedly it is almost certain that the 33-year-old Dane will be leaving for Genoa in Italy after seven seasons. In the back, Dest makes way for Tagliafico, who, like Ziyech, later returned from vacation due to international obligations. Joël Veltman, Perr Schuurs and Lisandro Martínez are the other Ajax defenders in Arnhem.
Lasse Schöne is still part of Ajax's match selection. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Duel led by arbitrator Nijhuis
At Vitesse there is a basic place for former Ajax player Riechedly Bazoer, who played on a rental basis for FC Utrecht last season. With Thulani Serero, a former Ajax player starts in the midfield of the home club, while Kostas Lamprou starts on the couch. The Greek goalkeeper came over from Ajax this summer, but coach Leonid Slutski prefers Remko Pasveer.
Vitesse against Ajax starts on Saturday at 6.30 pm and is headed by referee Bas Nijhuis.
PSV plays against FC Twente at 8.45 PM, while Feyenoord will play against Sparta at 2.30 PM on Sunday in the Rotterdam derby in De Kuip.
Vitesse setup: Pasveer, Karavaev, Doekhi, Obispo; Clark, Tannane, Bazoer, Serero; Bero, Matavz, Linssen.
Ajax setup: Onana; Veltman, Schuurs, Martínez, Tagliafico; Marin, Blind, Van de Beek; Ziyech, Dolberg, Tadic.
See also: Ajax quickly behind in Eredivisie match against Vitesse