Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
AZ Alkmaar will look to overtake Feyenoord in top position when they take on Utrecht in the Eredivisie round 19. AZ are eyeing their fourth consecutive league win, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. A man to watch in the home team will be Vangelis Pavlidis, who scored his sixth goal of the season in the midweek triumph, while both Dani de Wit and Sam Beukema continue to miss out with injuries.
Meanwhile, Utrecht recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Excelsior on Tuesday evening, with Anastasios Douvikas scoring the only goal of the match. Michael Silberbauer’s troops aim to stay in the Conference League berth, but given AZ’s form at the start of 2023, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of grabbing something from Saturday’s match. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Bruno Martins Indi):
Bruno Martins Indi was born in Portugal, but his family quickly moved to Rotterdam, where he joined Feyenoord’s youth set-up in 2005. Netherlands international has made his professional debut in 2010 with Feyenoord, where he spent four years as mainstay before a move to FC Porto on the back of impressive display at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Bruno Martins Indi spent most of his career playing as centre-back, but he can equally fill in on various positions in defence. Bruno Martins Indi had been deemed a victim to the extreme recolution in Porto’s central defensive department, having fallen out of favour with Nuno Espirito Santo and even being punished with a place in Porto’s reserves.
During the summer transfer window the 24-year-old defender insisted on a move away from the club with Premier League being his preferred destination. On the final day of the transfer marked Bruno Martins Indi has been set to Stoke City on a season long loan.