Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
All eyes will be on Cars Jeans Stadion when Den Haag and Excelsior face each other in the Eredivisie relegation final, return leg. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg, and yet another close encounter is on the cards in Den Haag. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team, but both Elia and Koopmans remain in the recovery room.
Excelsior, on the other hand, face a difficult task in the decider as they failed to beat Den Haag in front of home fans (1-1). Since the Storks have turned their Cars Jeans Stadion into a real fortress, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Both Chacon and Agrafiotis are out of contention through injuries, but there are no suspended players in the away team ahead of the second leg.
Highlighted Player (Eljero Elia):
Eljero Elia began his senior career at ADO Den Haag. The pacey winger scored six goals in 59 league appearances for the club and in 2007 he moved to fellow Eredivisie team Twente. Elia, who was born on 13 February, 1987 in Voorburg, spent two years at Twente and on 5 July, 2009 he moved to Germany, signing a five-year deal with Hamburg for a fee of €8.5 million.
The Dutch winger made his Hamburg debut against Freiburg on 8 August, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the club in a 4-2 victory over Wolfsburg on 23 August. Elia played for Italian giants Juventus in the 2011/2012 season, but he made no more than four league appearances for the club. In the summer of 2012 he returned to Germany, signing a deal with Werder Bremen and he played for die Werderaner between 2012 and 2015.
Speaking of his international career, Elia represented Netherlands at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and he won the silver medal with the Oranje as they were beaten by Spain in the title game.