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Who wins the KNVB Cup 2017/2018?

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The 2016/17 season saw Vitesse Arnhem claim the KNVB Cup for the first time in their history. They now have a few months to rest over the summer, but it won’t be long before they’re back in action, defending their crown from the Netherlands’ best clubs.

The cup competition will begin with the first round on September 19th, 2017, with all 64 entrants set to compete. That number will be narrowed down with each round, until just two remain for the final, which is set to be played at Feyenoord’s De Kuip stadium on April 22nd, 2018.

The tournament will finish earlier than previous years, due to the upcoming 2018 World Cup which is set to be played that summer. FIFA rules state that all club tournaments must finish three weeks prior to the international event, but the Royal Dutch Football Association have opted to play the tie even earlier to ensure that players have plenty of time to rest at the end of the Eredivisie campaign.

Unlike other nations, where the top clubs are often the ones lifting the domestic trophies at the end of the season, Dutch football doesn’t quite follow the script. In the last nine years, nine different clubs have won the KNVB Cup, but which sides are favourites to lift the trophy in 2017/18?

Feyenoord

Should Feyenoord win the cup next season, they would become the first club in a decade to lift the trophy twice. It will certainly be tough. Yet, if any side is able to break the spell, it’s Feyenoord.

The club looked unstoppable throughout the 2016/17 season and were unfortunate not to make it to the final. With the best attacking record in the Eredivisie, it’s hard to see Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side suffering defeat in any game, but cup competitions are decided by the smallest of margins and they will know all too well that they need to work hard throughout in order to go one step further in the KNVB Cup this term.

Ajax

As the most successful side in the competition, having won the KNVB Cup 18 times throughout its 119 year history, Ajax will undoubtedly be among the favourites to claim the trophy for a 19th time.

They would have been disappointed to have crashed out against Eerste Divisie side SC Cambuur in the third round of last season’s tournament and will undoubtedly give it their all to make it to the later rounds in 2017/18.

FC Ultrecht

Feyenoord and Ajax will enter the tournament as favourites, but the record of nine different winners in nine years will undoubtedly be hanging over their heads. If the record continues, FC Ultrecht will fancy their chances of becoming the 10th team to win it in 10 years.

The Eredivisie club finished up fourth in the 2016/17 campaign and were unfortunate to crash out of the KNVB Cup on penalties to the same SC Cambuur side that shocked Ajax in the previous round. They will have to put in a better performance if they are to go all the way, but given the type of teams that has won the tournament in recent years, they are certainly worth an outside shot.