Our prediction for this Netherlands Eredivisie match:
Excelsior and Utrecht square off against each other at Van Donge & De Roo Stadion in what is expected to be a close Eredivisie game. The Kralingers Roodzwarten will try to go back on course in the national championship after suffering 1-0 loss to Fortuna Sittard, and they must be desperate to grab something from this encounter. Both Marouan Azarkan and Sven Nieuwpoort are out of contention through injuries, whilst Nikolas Agrafiotis is a major doubt.
Utrecht, on the other hand, picked up seven points in total from the last three league games, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the hosts. Bas Dost will be the man to keep an eye on for the visiting side, since he scored three goals in his last five starts. Considering that the two teams have played out a draw in their last three meetings, the share of spoils is on the horizon. All Arthur Zagre, Mike van der Hoorn and Tommy St. Jago will probably miss the match for the away team.
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.