Our prediction for this KNVB Cup match:
Utrecht and Spakenburg face each other at Stadion Galgenwaard in a David-vs-Goliath clash. Utrecht aim to build on a 3-0 win over Sparta Rotterdam, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Both Jensen and Descotte are pushing for recalls to the starting XI after the duo got their names on the scoresheet at the weekend, while all Viergever, Bozdogan, and Younes remain in the recovery room. Experienced forward Bas Dost is a major doubt.
The Tweede Divisie team, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Utrecht by beating Katwijk on penalties, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the Eredivisie side. Utrecht are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we predict that the hosts are going to advance to the KNVB Beker semis without any difficulties.
Highlighted Player (Mike van der Hoorn):
Mike van der Hoorn is a Dutch international who plays for Arminia Bielefeld as a centre-back. Van der Hoorn spent his youth career at the likes of Buitenboys, Omniworld and Utrecht, and he continued playing for the “Cathedral citizens” at senior level.
The Dutch footballer then joined Ajax where he scored three goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie. During his spell with the famous Eredivisie club he made 22 appearances for Jong Ajax as well. In 2016 he decided to move to UK as he signed a three-year deal with Swansea City.
After spending four seasons at the Liberty Stadium, Mikel van der Hoorn joined Arminia Bielefeld in the summer of 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dutch defender made his Bundesliga debut on September 19, 2020 in a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. His primary position is centre-back, and he has a contract with Arminia until June 30, 2023.
Highlighted Team (Utrecht):
Established on July 1, 1970, Utrecht is a Dutch club that competes in the Eredivisie. The club was founded as a merger of VV DOS, USV Elinkwijk, and Velox, and it has to be noted that VV DOS did well to win the Eredivisie trophy back in 1958.
Utrecht, on the other hand, have yet to win the national championship, but they have lifted three KNVB Cup trophies (1984/85, 2002/03, 2003/04). Leo van Veen is leading the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart with 153 goals. Speaking of the club’s colours, they were white and red shirts when playing at home, while blue is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
Due to the hooligan clashes, Utrecht have a rivalry with Dutch giants Ajax. The games between the two clubs have always been very tense on the field. Utrecht welcome their rivals at Stadion Galgenwaard, the venue which can hold up to 23,750 people. The stadium was opened back in May 1936.